Catholic car­di­nal con­demns “forces of divi­sion” and fear

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WORLD -

The pres­i­dent of the U.S. Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops de­cried what he said were ``the forces of divi­sion’’ in the coun­try, as he called Mon­day for im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies that keep fam­i­lies to­gether and a ``hu­mane’’ ap­proach to polic­ing the bor­der.

Car­di­nal Daniel Di­nardo of Galve­ston-hous­ton, Texas, af­firmed the gov­ern­ment’s author­ity to pro­tect na­tional se­cu­rity. But he said re­cent poli­cies and at­ti­tudes have of­ten been rooted in un­founded anx­i­ety about peo­ple who ``look, talk and even think dif­fer­ently.’’ That fear is present both within and out­side the church, he said. ``The forces of divi­sion prey on our fear of the un­fa­mil­iar, the dif­fer­ent. But fear is not of God,’’ said Di­nardo, in an ad­dress to the bish­ops’ fall meet­ing in Bal­ti­more.

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