TRADITIONAL DISOBEDIENCE: RENEWING THE LEGACY OF CATHOLIC ACTIVISM

This LINK is to a lengthy good article in Commonweal magazine on Catholics growing involvement in nonviolent direct action and the need for more activism in these perilous times.

An excerpt: “When forty Catholics holding rosaries were handcuffed and led away by police at the U.S. Capitol in late February during a protest to show support for young undocumented immigrants facing deportation, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, prayed over the demonstrators. ‘I ask God’s blessing upon those who are acting in civil disobedience, part of a longstanding tradition of not supporting unjust laws,’ the bishop said as television cameras angled in and congressional staff watched from the rotunda balcony in the Russell Senate Office Building.

In an interview, Bishop Stowe reflected on his decision to bless the Catholic activists arrested on Capitol Hill, and shared that he is in conversation with several bishops about ways to demonstrate greater public urgency in opposing the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants…Young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, often called “Dreamers,” are of particular concern to church leaders because their fate is now uncertain after Trump rescinded an Obama-era program that offered them protection from deportation. The USCCB (United States Conference of catholic Bishops) has written letters to Congress, lobbied lawmakers behind closed doors, and in February hosted a national call-in day for Dreamers. The bishop thinks more dramatic action is needed.”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/06/01/traditional-disobedience-renewing-the-legacy-of-catholic-activism

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