Apr 272017

To the Editor:

We were reminded by Pope Francis during his visit to our shores that we are the church of Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day.
Standing on Easter Sunday to renounce Satan and his works was for me a tearful search to avoid the line of moral complicity. Closing our borders to starving children and war refugees, while bombing Syrian airfields for our “security,” was that line crossed? Naming it “mother” and using in Afghanistan a $315 million bomb to the acclaim of most public voices and the silence of most of our hierarchy, was the line crossed then?

To speak without self-righteous distance, but to dissent in loving resistance to President Trump’s decisions in these matters, where is the public space today in our church for that voice?

Clara Oleson
West Branch

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