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Feb 19 2017

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POPE AND BISHOP CHALLENGE ORGANIZERS TO DISRUPT, REBUILD U.S. POLITICAL ORDER

This LINK and this LINK are to two inspiring articles regarding the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements this weekend in Modesto, California.

An excerpt: 1) “It took all of six minutes for San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy to rouse a crowd of nearly 700 community organizers and social justice “protagonistas” by calling them to become disrupters and rebuilders amid current American politics.

The speech, 20 minutes in length but interrupted nearly two dozen times by cheers and applause, took head on key policies of the early presidency of Donald Trump.

‘President Trump was the candidate of disruption. He was the disrupter, he said,’ McElroy told those gathered here Saturday morning for the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. ‘Well now, we must all become disrupters.’

‘We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those who portray refugees as enemies, rather than our brothers and sisters in terrible need. We must disrupt those who train us to see Muslim men and women and children as sources of fear rather than as children of God. We must disrupt those who seek to rob our medical care, especially from the poor. We must disrupt those who would take even food stamps and nutrition assistance from the mouths of children,’ the bishop said.”

2) “In a message to an assembly here of nearly 700 community organizers and social justice advocates, Pope Francis called on all people to become Samaritans and resist the “grave danger” in this moment to disown our neighbors amid a culture of indifference.

‘Do not classify others in order to see who is a neighbor and who is not. You can become neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will do so if you have compassion in your heart,’ the pope said.

‘You must become a Samaritan,’ he said.”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/02/19/pope-and-bishop-challenge-organizers-to-disrupt-rebuild-u-s-political-order

3 comments

  1. Mary Alice Henkel OSU

    Dear Bishop,
    At last! A powerful Catholic hierarchical voice which calls for disruption. I assume that it calls for non-violence. I speak only for myself and do not represent the feelings of my community.
    Thank you.
    Peace,
    Mary Alice Henkel, OSU
    Toleod, OH

  2. maryann

    Is this what the Catholic Church has become? I am glad I left it. I learned more about the Bible and God’s teachings in 3 years than I did in 60, as a Catholic

    1. Mike W

      Greetings of peace, MaryAnn,

      I am perplexed by your comment, “Is this what the Catholic Church has
      become? I am glad I left it. I learned more about the Bible and God’s
      teachings in 3 years than I did in 60, as a Catholic.” Apparently you seem
      to have forgotten something important from your Bible study concerning the
      stranger (alien), the poor, and victims of unjust policies.

      May I suggest that you return to the book of Leviticus, specifically 19:
      9-18 and 33-37, and Deuteronomy 10:17-19, and 15:1-15, and 16:20, and
      27:19 for a beginning. We are mandated to welcome the stranger (alien) in
      our midst, and love them as we love ourselves, not turn them away or
      deport them ripping families apart, or make enemies of them.

      Then I suggest you turn to Matthew 25:31-46 and Luke 6:20-38. I could list
      many more passages that call us to disrupt the status quo and speak truth
      to power while standing with all victims, specifically victims of empire.
      If you have not noticed, the USA is an empire, and as such is an adversary
      of God, just like the Babylonian and Roman empires were in biblical times.
      We are proud that some of the hierarchy are finally speaking out and
      calling us to disrupt the evil being committed within this filthy rotten
      system. Blessings.

      Peace and love,
      Mike

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