A photo of our creation window with a quote from Thomas Merton - thanks to Fran Szpylczyn for this beautiful image.
If you have not had an opportunity to appreciate our stained glass windows, next time you are in or near the church - stop by and have a look!
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This statement was issued by Cardinal DiNardo, president of the US Catholic Bishops Conference. Bishop Scharfenberger asks that we share it with our community.
"At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life. The Attorney General's recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will now face return to the extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home country. This decision negates decades of precedents that have provided protection to women fleeing domestic violence. Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors. We urge courts and policy makers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life.
“Additionally, I join Bishop Joe Vásquez,
Chairman of USCCB's Committee on Migration, in condemning the continued use of
family separation at the U.S./Mexico border as an implementation of the
Administration's zero tolerance policy. Our government has the discretion in
our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and
exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Families are the foundational element
of our society and they must be able to stay together. While protecting our
borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a
society, to find other ways to ensure that safety. Separating babies from their
mothers is not the answer and is immoral."
- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Preisdent USCCB