The bishops of the Catholic Church bear a lot of responsibility for this disaster.
“Dear God, I ask you that you help me get out of here and that you take care of my mom.”
That’s a prayer that the bishop of El Paso, Texas brought to a meeting of 20 Catholic bishops and Vatican officials. It’s a child’s prayer, written in Spanish, collected from a migrant in a tent city south of the border. It’s heart-wrenching; there’s no soul as innocent as a child’s, and in this simple plea, it shows.
But there’s no peace coming to children like these; not right now, in this moment — at least not in this world.
The images flickering across American television screens this past year, and particularly these past couple of weeks, show that clearly. They are scenes of terrible suffering, of fear, exploitation, disease, trafficking in drugs and women and children, of rape and sexual assault, of human slavery and human desperation. They are scenes borne of weakness, lawlessness, and the criminal exploitation of the vacuum that lawlessness creates.
And here’s what might be the most tragic aspect: The bishops of the Catholic Church bear a lot of responsibility for this disaster.
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