“A shameful moment of abandonment”

San Diego bishop denounces President Trump's immigration restrictions

Bishop McElroy

Bishop Robert McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, issued a statement this afternoon critical of a controversial executive order signed by President Trump restricting the flow of travelers and refugees into the United States, as well as creating a new religious test for entry.

“For the Catholic community, the Gospel mandate to ‘welcome the stranger’ is a searing responsibility, not only in our personal lives, but also in guiding our efforts to create a just society in a world filled with suffering and turmoil.

For this reason, the historic identity of the United States as a safe haven for refugees fleeing war and persecution is for American Catholics both a source of justifiable pride and an unswerving religious commitment, even as we recognize that at shameful moments in our national history prejudice, fear and ignorance have led our country to abandon that identity.

This week is just such a shameful moment of abandonment for the United States.

The executive order signed by President Trump on Friday professes to be a necessary step in securing the safety of Americans. But the design of the order–and its chaotic implementation–unmask the reality that this Presidential order arose not from a careful effort to balance the needs of security with our commitment to welcome refugees amidst the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Rather, this executive order is the introduction into law of campaign sloganeering rooted in xenophobia and religious prejudice.  Its devastating consequences are already apparent for those suffering most in our world, for our standing among nations, and for the imperative of rebuilding unity within our country rather than tearing us further apart.

This week the Statue of Liberty lowered its torch in a presidential action which repudiates our national heritage and ignores the reality that Our Lord and the Holy Family were themselves Middle Eastern refugees fleeing government oppression.  We cannot and will not stand silent.”

From Diocese of San Diego website.

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  1. I pity the Catholic residents of the San Diego Diocese.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This bishop is shameful: shamefully ignorant and shamefully bigoted against American conservatism and conservatives. Is he a political commentator or a successor to the apostles? It’s like he’s the bishop of MSNBC instead of SD. What a disgrace to Christ! What a fraud.

  3. we have found that by giving the holy father the benefit of the doubt and not accusing him of heresy for many off-the-cuff statements,somehow worked out once his press spokesman adjusts his inflight rough-hewn sentences. bishop mcelroy might find that apparent campaign trail xenophobic-sounding rhetoric does not constitute xenophobic actions. some actions to preserve national integrity are done from self-preservation. it might still be a little too early to pass final judgment on works that have just begun. when Jesus told his band to go first to the jewish nation, it was focus, not exclusion.

  4. Your Fellow Catholic says:

    Thank you Bishop McElroy. This IS a shameful moment of abandonment.

  5. Apparently Mr. McElroy isn’t concerned about national security. POTUS as CINC is responsible for protecting US citizens, not foreigners. It would cost our nation a whole lot less risk and financial cost to keep the Islamic “refugees” and imbedded terrorists in their homelands. They don’t assimilate into US culture but press for Sharia Law. The UN could establish “sanctuary cities” in “refugees” own muslim countrys and protect them there. “Refugees” could be happier safely at home, and Americans who fear imbedded terrorists like those that attacked Americans on 9/11, in San Bernadino, the Gay-Stripper Bar in Florida, and the mosque attack in Quebec, would feel more at ease without them in our borders and neighborhoods. It is…

  6. It is also Roman Catholic Church teaching that we do have the right to protect ourselves last I knew!

  7. Catherine says:

    NO MORE FALSE NARRATIVES ON WHAT CONSTITUTES SHAMEFUL ABANDONMENT!

    REAL EXAMPLES OF SHAMEFUL MOMENTS OF ABANDONMENT OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH

    PLENTY OF COURAGE WHEN DEFENDING SOCIALIST TEACHINGS BUT COMPROMISING COWARDICE & BETRAYAL WHEN DEFENDING THE REAL BODY OF CHRIST!

    continued…..

    • Catherine says:

      DARK HISTORY OF SHAMEFUL MOMENTS IN ABANDONING THE CATHOLIC FAITH

      “The imposition of eucharistic sanctions solely on candidates who support abortion legislation will inevitably transform the church in the United States, in the minds of many, into a partisan, Republican-oriented institution and thus sacrifice the role that the church has played almost alone in American society in advocating a moral agenda that transcends the political divide.” – Monsignor Robert McElroy

      http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/516/article/prudence-and-eucharistic-sanctions

      continued…….

      • Catherine says:

        DARK HISTORY OF SHAMEFUL MOMENTS IN ABANDONING THE CATHOLIC FAITH

        TAKEN FROM LIFE SITE NEWS: San Diego bishop to priests: Embrace ‘LGBT families’, give Communion to ‘remarried’ Bishop McElroy has previously called the Catechism’s language “very destructive.”

        https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/san-diego-diocesan-synod-embraces-internal-forum-proposes-new-office-for-lg

        • Catherine says:

          DARK HISTORY OF SHAMEFUL MOMENTS IN ABANDONING THE CATHOLIC FAITH

          In 1992, Bishop Quinn made headlines for openly opposing the Vatican document that declared homosexuals and lesbians do not have the same civil rights as heterosexuals. The document, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), stated it is morally acceptable to discriminate against homosexuals in public housing, the adoption of children and in certain types of employment such as teaching.

          continued…..

          • Catherine says:

            DARK HISTORY OF SHAMEFUL MOMENTS IN ABANDONING THE CATHOLIC FAITH

            It was Fr. Robert McElroy, speaking in the name of the Archdiocese, who announced that despite the Vatican position, “there would be no change in policy regarding discrimination against homosexuals” in the San Francisco Archdiocese. He explained the defiance by noting that the CDF document was only “advisory” and not “binding.”

            continued……

          • Catherine says:

            continued…..

            Fr. McElroy’s name appeared again in the news in 2006 as one of the ‘moral theologians’ who managed to find a comfortable *compromise* position for the Archdiocese regarding arranging adoptions for same-sex ‘couples.’

            Adoptions by gay and lesbians

            Family Builder ads openly promote adoptions by lesbians and homosexuals. When the Archdiocese was instructed by the CDF to end its policy of placing children for adoption in same-sex homosexual households, Msgr. McElroy helped find the solution:

            continued…..

          • Catherine says:

            continued…

            San Francisco Catholic Charities would no longer supervise “direct placement” of adopted children to anyone. Instead, it would send staff members and funding to an organization – Family Builders by Adoption – that helped “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender coouples” adopt children.(2) For the next two years, Catholic Charities provided close to $250,000 each year for two of its staff to assist with adoptions at Family Builders.

            Msgr. McElroy, already known for his ‘elastic’ views on homosexual issues, thus stretched the boundaries of the CDF directive to accommodate those who want to adopt children.

            continued….

          • Catherine, this is a fairly comprehensive account of activity while Bishop McElroy was in San Francisco. Some people in San Diego would like to hear more from you about this. If you are willing, you may contact me.

        • Catherine says:

          continued…

          The website Queerty.com, a “gay blog for the queer community,” hailed the new partnership as a “brilliant answer to a needless problem.”

          • Catherine says:

            DARK HISTORY OF SHAMEFUL MOMENTS IN ABANDONING THE CATHOLIC FAITH

            NO ENFORCEMENT OF CANON LAW 915 TO STOP THE PROFANING OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT! ONLY THE SHAMEFULLY TRANSPARENT USE OF CANON LAW AS AN EXCUSE WHEN DESTROYING EVIDENCE OF SEXUAL ABUSE OR WHEN ATTEMPTING TO SILENCE THOSE WHO SPEAK UP

            “Bishop McElroy has no excuse for putting Callahan in charge of the hotline. A simple Google search or a quick chat with Catholics would show what a bad idea Callahan’s new job is,” he added.

            continued….

          • Catherine says:

            continued…

            Attorney Irwin Zalkin, who represented about a third of the victims, noted that Callahan admitted destroying personnel files in the early 90s, and he believes it is a cover-up of evidence.

            “He claims he was following Canon Law, but no one in the diocese destroyed these records till he came along,” Zalkin said. “They came in and destroyed priests’ confidential files, they destroyed important seminary records and engaged in a cover-up that precluded people trying to prove up their claims.”Christian Today News – Priest linked to sex-abuse cover-up tapped as chief of California church’s sex-abuse hotline, dismaying victims

            continued….

          • Catherine says:

            continued….
            Christian Today News – Priest linked to sex-abuse cover-up tapped as chief of California church’s sex-abuse hotline, dismaying victims

            http://www.christiantoday.com/article/priest.linked.to.sex.abuse.cover.up.tapped.as.chief.of.california.churchs.sex.abuse.hotline.dismaying.victims/72906.htm

  8. Sadly, Bishop McElroy is utterly blind to the dangers of Islam. How can a supposedly educated man be so void of understanding on a matter so critical to the common good?

    • Dan, you said it all. It boggles the mind.

    • Anonymous says:

      He is also blind to human sex trafficking. Open borders and false ID make it easy.

    • He’s infused with the disease of liberalism which destroys intellects and souls. This disease has been transmitted through mainstream Catholic educational systems of the 60s, 70s and 80s (and beyond) of which McElroy is a product. The disease disables the brain and conscience from discerning truth and utterly convinces its victims that they are enlightened to the point of intellectual and moral superiority over the catechism of the Church, especially regarding matters pertaining to the doctrines of sin and judgment. The deeper question of how Catholic education became so pernicious can be understood by the advances made by Freemasonry to infiltrate the church generally.

    • Elizabeth M. says:

      I’m always surprised about how little the hierarchy in the Church know about Islam. They really should take a course in the study of Islam. I seemed to learn more in grade school that they seem to understand.

  9. President Trump’s Executive Order is 100% in accord with US Constitution and existing US law.
    .
    ” EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES ”
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/27/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states
    .
    Read EO for yourself, rather than taking any Bishop’s political opinion.

  10. Joel Fago says:

    Bishop McElroy, this executive order is not “the introduction into law of campaign sloganeering rooted in xenophobia and religious prejudice.” It is the necessary action to prevent terrorists from entering our country. Also, religious minorities will be given preference.

  11. Follow the MONEY – MILLIONs in Grants to Catholic Church.

    The Money Trail for 2016 – $202,247,624 – Fiscal year 2016 only.

    http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2746-the-money-trail-why-catholic-bishops-are-silent-on-hillary

  12. America Magazine, read by a few Catholics, is Bishop McElroy’s limited forum for expressions. Why offer another forum at Cal Catholic daily so that even more can hear them?

    • Ann Malley says:

      Granting a larger venue to Bishop McElroy, one wherein the readership is not already programmed toward a progressive bias, is helpful in that it informs Catholics in general what dangers are left to fester in California.

      As unsavory as that may be, it is critical to keep the larger fold aware of the reality of lurking dangers, dangers that can, and historically will, if one is left unaware, more easily spread without objection.

      The crisis within the Church is such – as evidenced right here by a bishop spouting such nonsense – that we need as many informed, educated, and prepared Catholic faithful as possible. Those who read McElroy at the deceptive “American” magazine wouldn’t get the benefit of a Catholic critique. They will…

  13. Ann Malley says:

    ““For the Catholic community, the Gospel mandate to ‘welcome the stranger’ is a searing responsibility, not only in our personal lives, but also in guiding our efforts to create a just society in a world filled with suffering and turmoil.

    For the Catholic “community” the pretense that the State no longer has a duty to protect its citizens is increasingly transparent. Much like the misappropriation of Catholic Faith and Morals to uphold whatever policy seems expedient. (Translation: Stop wielding the flock like your own personal constituency, to be delivered for crucifixion to satisfy one world order demand.)

    Our efforts, as Catholics, should be directed to living out the whole of the Gospel message, to include submission to…

    • Ann Malley says:

      …the legitimate laws of the state. Especially those put in place for the purpose of protecting her citizens – to include immigrants. (Or do you think the Greeks fawned over the wooden horse after it had served its purpose in infiltrating Troy?)

      Whatever your motive, Bishop McElroy, you have my thank you for searing the hypocrisy of those in positions of authority into our brains. Such an understanding makes it far easier to speak the truth in fullness – even if one should be thrown out of the Temple.

    • Ann Malley says:

      And what of the “Shameful Abandonment,” of the fullness of the Truth by Catholic Bishops with regard to marriage, the family, and teaching the faithful? There’s a full blown Pontius Pilate going on, with prelates looking the Lord full in the face and begging the question, “What is truth?”

      Sorry, +McElroy, but children learn via example. And what we’re seeing here is you teaching us something far different than what you may believe.

      • Where are your comments thanking this same Bishop for speaking up on parental notification? Are you just all about hating and belittling?

        • anonymous Anselm says:

          When jon realizes he cant defend the incomparable indefensible McElroy, time for a subject-change. “Parental notification.”

          It’s just “you are all about hating and belittling.” Yup. Simple as that, with profound jon. People shouldn’t be allowed (other than jon) to have opinions.

        • Larry Northon says:

          “Are you just all about hating and belittling?” Are YOU?

  14. It is a mistake for Pope Francisco and this bishop to go, once again, against our President. Donald Trump is enacting the program 52% of Catholics voted for. The Church should stick to its knitting.

  15. This article, for me at least raises several concerns. 1) Mr. Trump the candidate said he would bring on super vetting, etc. President Trump is doing what he said he would do. Wow! we didn’t see that coming. Some one suggested that we didn’t take his literally but not seriously. It never occurred to many of us that he would actually implement his campaign programs. 2) The way the Executive Orders were implemented showed how much this administration doesn’t know about how government works. The incoming Sec. of Transportation was even consulted about the effects the Orders would have on airport and aviation operations around the country. She was out of the loop. The head of Homeland Security was out of the loop. The…

  16. Continued
    4) There seems to be an assumption that people coming from the seven countries involved are not thoroughly vetted to begin with. They, most of them, have gone through a two year vetting process. Those sneaking across the southern border have no vetting. 5) The seven countries involved in the Orders have not produced one terrorist attack on the U.S., compared to many other “Muslim” countries. 6)”Give me your tired, your poor…yearning to be free…” 7)”Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless, do not lturn your back on your own.” 8) When you cry for help, God will say: Here I am, but the U.S.A will not?

  17. The Bishop of San Diego is so out of touch with reality that he is willing to risk the security of everyone who lives in San Diego and anywhere else in the United States. The travel ban imposed by Trump is only temporary so that the so called refugees can be properly vetted. The government needs to be sure that those people allowed to enter the States are truly innocent refugees and not members of Isis or Al Qaeda posing as refugees.
    As for the second aspect of the Bishop’s blindness – He is in violation of Ca on 915 by allowing those who are in an objective state of mortal sin (adultery) to receive absolution and Holy Communion without some sign of sorrow and a firm purpose of amendment.

    • DWBMcE, your assumption and the lie that the administration, and the campaign before that, wants to perpetuate is that immigrants from those countries are not well vetted. They have gone through 18 months of vetting by all U.S. government agencies involved, European country security forces, the United Nations vetting process, INTERPOL, etc. They are well vetted. Calling for “extreme vetting” was a way to assuage those who thought they were losing their jobs to immigrants. It was a big lie.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Bob One is completely right. Not only that, this notion that a 15 minute interview at an airport, by CBP officials who don’t have the proper counterterrorism training, is what constitutes “extreme vetting” is just a joke. It’s a stunt. A clown stunt.

  18. First of all, Donald Trump has not banned all Muslims from coming over here, just the ones from countries that are hiding terrorists. Secondly, some Arab Muslim sheiks have molested and even raped women in our country since at least the 1960’s, as reported years ago by the Reader’s Digest, and gotten off on diplomatic immunity. Thirdly, many long time Americans no longer even get on a plane unless it is an emergency because it has become so inconvenient for them, especially the handicap or those who have had operations that included metal parts in their body. WE get patted down every time.

    So we should feel sorry that some of these people are now inconvenience???? Sorry! I sue them back for what they have done to us.

    • This Anonymous post at 11:44 am is mine. Corrections “inconvenienced” not “inconvenience” and ” I say sue”.

  19. Well, this is simple: McElroy’s fast-track to Cardinal—just like Cupich to Chicago, Kevin Farrell in Dallas, and Joseph Tobin to Newark. Just be a Bergoglio puppet.
    He wants to catch the next express bus.

  20. “Love our country as we love our homes!” Without country there would be no homes! Mr. Obama is building a wall around his new home in Washington, DC. Why? For someone who presses for Free Borders must also leaves his own front doors open for whoever wants to enter to enter. Do everything that he wants the Tax Payers to do for t he Illegals! “Charity starts at home!” Let all those who are pressing for Free Boarders leave their front and back doors open day and night for whoever wants to enter to enter and to do as they wish with their homes. After that , we will take lessons from them as how to run the Boarder of our USA!

  21. The Ten Commandments Covers every kind of Sins! Open Boarder policy is The Violation of Commandment #8. We do not encourage others to Sin! “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods.” No government has the Right to covet the citizens’ goods for the ill- legal Immigrants, so to get their votes! Self serving acts of phony Charity is not in God’s Commandments! Do not use the Words to serve The Ego!

    To receive the Holy Eucharist with Mortal Sins in one’s soul is: Self Damnation! Jesus will never enters an Un-repented soul! Because The Body , Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ Our Lord is of Pure Light ! “God is light, in Him there is no darkness, none at all!” “Be thou hot or cold, thou art luke warm i will spit thy out…

  22. The Ten Commandments Covers every kind of Sins! Open Boarder policy is The Violation of Commandment #8. We do not encourage others to Sin! “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods.” No government has the Right to covet the citizens’ goods for the ill- legal Immigrants, so to get their votes! Self serving acts of phony Charity is not in God’s Commandments! Do not use the Words to serve The Ego!

    To receive the Holy Eucharist with Mortal Sins in one’s soul is: Self Damnation! Jesus will never enters an Un-repented soul! Because The Body , Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ Our Lord is of Pure Light ! “God is light, in Him there is no darkness, none at all!” “Be thou hot or cold, thou art luke warm i will spit thy out…

  23. Steve Phoenix says:

    Since bishops like McElroy (not all) indulge in inflammatory rhetoric (“shameful moment of abandonment”-scare tactics) —remember the days when they tried to preserve peace and order?—they stand responsible for the fear and anxiety they are helping to foment and what will ensue.

    Recently, good Jesuit grad (Rockhurst High, KC) incited riots literally saying there should be “fights in the streets”:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/01/31/kaine_take_advantage_of_public_outcry_at_trump_to_get_outside_the_bubble.html

    Where do you think this is leading? Not hard to see.

    • Steve Phoenix says:

      Bishops (some) and senators may try to hide behind the fig leaf of moral rectitude; but the continued heated and inflammatory speech (remember, that is what we are usually accused of) continues.

      I don’t think Kaine, the Krazed Klown from Kansas City, will be leading the fights in the streets himself (I have noticed he has nice life-time-lawyer’s, pink, smooth knuckles like many of the inflammatory-speaking bishops)—it will be the misled, leftist street troops who will be the casualties, of course—while Richelieu (McElroy) and Talleyrand (Kaine) will reap the fruits of power; but the responsibility lies on the McElroys and Kaines for the certain bloodshed that lies ahead, make no mistake about it. And that is the only…

    • Some rioters against Trump set fire to a limousine, and ironically it ended up being owned by a Muslim, so was the driver they forced out.

      • anonymous Anselm says:

        I know most of the “Black Rock” UC rioters (masked, dressed in black, carrying batons and shields) were not actually students: having seen them in action on differing occasions in SF, Oakland and Berkeley, they are much older, completely psychopathic, males.

        At least one of them was a 45- or 50-year old US Berkeley staffer, who bragged on Twitter with abundant photos, showing him beating bloody a “conservative”:

        http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/uc-berkeley-thug-beat-conservative-bragged-online-university-staff-member/

        Ken Bastida of KPIX 5, a long-time anchorman and veteran of all the SF Bray Area protests, id’d several of the unmasked protesters as prior participants in BLM and Occupy!, often violent, protests…

  24. Bob One, So how will you feel about your feelings today into the future when you, family loved ones, or dear friends and neighbors are at the hands of Islamic terrorists threatening your awful beheadings, or cutting off hands and feet for breaking their Sharia Laws that they hope to take precedence over US law within our own borders? You think that might be an exaggeration, stretching it a bit? Better look into what is going on in Europe, especially Germany, England, and France. We don’t hear much about their news hear do we! Maybe it would help you to read an accurate English translation of the Koran. Maybe it would help if you were to make it a practice to visit a mosque weekly when they gather together for their call to prayer…

    • anonymous Anselm says:

      Tom is right: it has already happened. The San Bernardino terrorist massacre — only one year ago, 12/2/2015— killed 14 and gravely wounded 22 others. Tashveen Malik (the spouse) came in, unvetted, on an F4 (spousal) visa. Her true identity is not known.

      One of the 14 killed by the Muslim jihadi duo, Bennetta Betbadal, was a R Catholic who fled Iran because of Islamic state persecution; Isaac Amanios was an Egyptian Coptic Christian who also came to the US to be “safe” (Are you listening Abp Gomez?); Damien Meins was R Catholic, attended St Catherine of Alexandria Church in Riverside; Tin Nguyen, R. Catholic, St Barbara’s Church, Santa Ana; Juan Espinoza, Catholic, private services; Nicolas Thalasinos, Yvette Velasco, and…

  25. The safety and security of the nation is, as stated by the President and many on this site, his primary duty. One way, and only one, to insure this safety is to be sure that the refugees are not a safety issue. This is a process that takes nearly two years. First, the United Nations spends a lot of time making sure that a person is indeed a refugee. Only 1% of the applicants meet the standard. The U.N. then suggest which country the refugee should be sent. At that point, the countries take over the vetting process. The most easy to understand recap of the process is on this link. To me, at least, it represents extreme vetting: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/29/us/refugee-vetting-process.html?_r=0. What more should…

  26. Just don’t accept any refugees from the middle-east unless they are Christians because they are the infidels whose lives are in the most danger. We have seen on our media here (not mainstream) of our Christian brothers being beheaded for their faith. They are martyrs. Do you think they should get special treatment or let it continue Bob One? There are six constantly warring factions/sects of Islam. They all hate each other and haven’t stopped in the last 500 years. They’ll only bring their wars with them into the western nations. Do you really want that? What about the killer of the mosque in Quebec?? Sanctuary cities protected by UN forces in their own homelands is much safer for us, safe for them, they will be at home, and…

  27. Besides, the warfighting age men need to stay behind and fight for their nations future rather than others to fight for them. War is horrible and ugly. Those of us who were taught about the US Civil War in our middle-school history classes learned that there are somethings (virtues) worth standing up and dying for. If you don’t think so, just try and convince our young 660,000 + Union and Confederate Soldiers and Sailors who died on the battlefields and seas 150 years ago! We were a divided nation then, just like now — leftists vs everyone else. We may have a another Civil War here! Commucrats are only seeking the refugees votes for power and are blinded to the potential consequences.

  28. Abeca Christian says:

    It’s important to protect our borders. It’s important to keep our people safe. I don’t understand why people think they are entitled to disrespect our borders and our right to screen foreigners before we permit them from entering.

  29. Excellent Article!

    Taken from LIFESITE NEWS – The Surprising Real Reason for the Hate Against Donald Trump

    Can Trump and his administration endure this near satanic, on-going assault? Many prayed for him during the election and he astonishingly prevailed. It is clear, regardless of the president’s personal flaws, that he is doing many right things. He would not be so intensely hated by all these people if he were not.

    Even more prayers are needed to protect, guide and inspire Trump and his administration to stay the course and serve the Will of God. There is also great need to pray for the physical safety of President Trump and his leadership team.

    continued…

  30. anonymous Anselm says:

    The San Bernardino terrorist massacre — only one year ago, 12/2/2015— killed 14 and gravely wounded 22 others. Tashveen Malik (the spouse) came in, unvetted, on an F4 (spousal) visa. Her true identity is not known.

    One of the 14 killed by the Muslim jihadi duo, Bennetta Betbadal, was a R Catholic who fled Iran because of Islamic state persecution; Isaac Amanios was an Egyptian Coptic Christian who came to the US to be “safe” (Are you listening Abp McE & Gomez?); Damien Meins was R Catholic, attended St Catherine of Alexandria Church in Riverside; Tin Nguyen, R. Catholic, St Barbara’s Church, Santa Ana; Juan Espinoza, Catholic, private services; Nicolas Thalasinos, Yvette Velasco, and Michael Wetzel were Christian; the 6…

  31. anonymous Anselm says:

    ..others were private services (may have been Catholic or Christian) or non-denominational.

    One year later, they are all forgotten, all irrelevant, “we didn’t know them, Lord”, as well as the 22 others who were injured, many of them severely and for life. All forgotten. All irrelevant. Many of them brother Catholics, fellow Christians, or fellow human beings. We don’t care.

  32. People seem to have forgotten how 9-11 came into reality! What short memories we have, and worse, what we haven’t learned. We will only be doomed for more 9-11s if the greater population doesn’t start thinking rationally about national security at the expense of a few non-citizens!

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