Tobin: The Lord’s call to protect the stranger

How many of you heard your pastor speak this boldly about the immigration issue last Sunday when the readings were screaming out to be applied to this it?  Cardinal Tobin,  just named a cardinal by PF late in 2016, then moved from Indianapolis, where he was so well loved, to Newark, NJ, where he was so badly needed after years of Myers’ malfeasance, is definitely a Francis guy…reyanna

By Crd. Joseph W Tobin  February 5, 2017     North Jersey.com

This past weekend, as people in America and throughout the world began to see the effects of the recent executive actions on immigration and refugee resettlement, Catholics heard a different message during the celebration of the Eucharist: “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who have observed His law; seek justice, seek humility. Perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” (Zep. 2:3).

In the Gospel reading from Matthew, the words of Jesus’ teaching of the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:1-12) rang in our ears: “Blessed are the merciful” and “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

The stark, clear and urgent language of Scripture impels my brother bishops and me to call on the federal government to alter its executive actions,

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