This week the Missouri Bishops issued a statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on migrants and refugees. The Missouri Bishops were disheartened by the issuing of this order for many reasons, but firstly because it goes against both American and Catholic values.
“We understand and strongly support efforts to make our country safe from terrorism and violence. Every country has a right and a duty to protect its citizens and secure its borders. But our safety will not be achieved by isolation. America will be safer by seeking to create a more just and peaceful world.”
The statement reminds us to look into our faith when facing circumstances such as these and remember the true call of Christianity.
“The responsibility to welcome and care for the migrant and refugee are not only public and social virtues, but also find common ground and resolve in faith: ‘Come you that are blessed by my Father…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ (Matthew 25: 34-35). This Gospel mandate to actively reach out and welcome the stranger has guided our Catholic social values and practices for centuries. Throughout our Catholic tradition, we have learned to be attentive to the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the vulnerable. In faith, we have come to recognize and know the face of Christ in the migrant and refugee. Earlier this month our Holy Father reminded us of this teaching, saying that ‘Biblical revelation urges us to welcome the stranger; it tells us that in so doing, we open our doors to God, and that in the faces of others we see the face of Christ himself.”‘
To read the full statement (English and Spanish versions available), please visit our website.