Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2016 / 14:27 pm
After the recent presidential election, the new president of the U.S. Bishops is adamant about standing with all vulnerable persons, including the unborn and immigrants.
“I would want our work as shepherds and leaders to bring Catholics together to recognize the beauty of the human person, even if someone disagrees with you,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston-Galveston, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said on Tuesday.
“From our point of view, we certainly respect the government,” he noted of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. However, “we also have a shepherd's heart,” he added, insisting that the Church will continue to serve the hungry and thirsty and welcome the stranger.
Cardinal DiNardo spoke at a press conference at the fall general assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, Md. As the vice president of the bishops conference, he had been elected president earlier on Tuesday. Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles was elected vice president.
A major underlying theme of the meeting was the recent presidential election, with concerns expressed about the polarization and divisive rhetoric, particularly toward minorities and immigrants.
When asked about dealing with negativity towards minorities, the cardinal stated that the Church would continue defending the vulnerable.
He insisted upon “our capacity to look at the human person and to always raise the issue of how can we most respect the human person who’s in our midst, whether he or she is documented or undocumented.”
Concern for the human person is shown in many issues, he said, noting that “the beginnings and ends of life are extremely crucial” but other issues like torture, the treatment of refugees, and the treatment of civilians in wartime “are all important, crucial issues.”