Deal W. Hudson
February 20, 2017
In the column written for NEWSMAX, I report on the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements, held February 16-19 in Modesto, CA. Towards the end I call upon the USCCB, a sponsor of the conference, to publicly distance itself from the call of Bishop McElroy towards the violence of “disruption.”
NEWSMAX, February 20, 2017.
Both the Catholic bishops of the United States and the Vatican have now virtually endorsed the strategy of “disruption” being used across the nation to oppose the new administration of President Trump. Held in Modesto, California, the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM), was sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican’s Department of Integral Human Development to address issues of “land, labor, and lodging,” as well as racism and immigration.
The 700 attendees applauded and cheered as Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego told them, “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. . . . Well now, we must all become disrupters.” Bishop McElroy, along with Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blaise Cupich, has emerged as a leading voice among “social justice” Catholics determined to rally the Catholic Church to reject President Trump’s leadership and policy agenda.
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