President Obama’s plan to essentially freeze most deportations for people who are resident and working in the United States would protect as many as 4.4 million people and their families. Read the Church’s response from America magazine here: Catholic Bishops, Others Applaud Obama on Immigrants
The Obama administration will shut down the U.S. embassy to the Holy See and relocate it on the grounds of the American embassy to Italy. Former U.S. Ambassadors to the Vatican criticize the move, while the United States government claims it is for security reasons. John Allen has the story in The National Catholic Reporter here: Obama’s call to close Vatican embassy draws fire
Pope Francis has said, “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!” He has also said that when mankind loses respect for nature, “ecological problems arise, like global warming.” President Obama is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the US by 17% in 2020. Read about his plan in The New York Times here: Obama puts legacy at Stake With Clean Air Act.
The USCCB and other Christian leaders have been busy since the election of Trump fighting for a consistent ethic of life, and condemning President Trump‘s plans: to increase torture, ban refugees, worsen climate change, and take away people’s healthcare without a replacement. Headlines: Evangelicals Oppose Trump’s Plan to Ban Refugees. Catholic Bishops Press Trump on Immigration. Catholic Bishops Urge Trump Not To Repeal Obamacare Without a Replacement. Watch a video from Fr. James Martin on the duty to welcome the stranger after the jump:
I went to the Women’s March as a Pro-Life Feminist with a Pro-Life sign. More on why after the jump. Simcha Fisher on how Catholics are politically homeless and taking to the streets: Catholic Pro-Lifers at the Women’s March? Get Used to It. Frederica Matthewes-Green: When Abortion Stopped Making Sense. Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Feminists Should March Together.