Links for 03/01/17

God bless Cardinal Blase Cupich. He sent a letter to priests and school personnel explaining that they are not to permit ICE agents on to their property without a warrant. Turns out that Trump isn't the only one who can issue an executive order. It would be good to see every other bishop in the country issue similar instructions to their personnel.

I have said before that the USCCB sometimes seems like a "Francis free zone." Check out the list of quotes about migration, refugees and serving vulnerable populations posted at their website. Great quotes from U.S. bishops and Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. And from Pope Francis? Nothing. If someone gets a clue over there, and they update the list, they might also want to include recent statements by Cardinals Cupich, Tobin, Wuerl and O'Malley, and Bishop McElroy's electrifying talk at the World Meeting of Popular Movements. At least this current list disproves the idea that John Paul II was just a neo con.

At Politico, another reason for the Dems to offer exactly no help to Speaker Ryan or Senate Majority Leader McConnell or President Trump as they seek to repeal and replace Obamacare: The GOP is not at all agreed on how to proceed and won't be able to proceed without Democratic support. 

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