Bishop Edward Weisenburger Proposes ‘Canonical Penalties’ on Any Catholic Who Helps Enforce Trump’s Immigration Policy

The church has come out strongly against the policy.

DiNardo also railed against the “zero tolerance” policy, which many believe to be an egregiously harsh penalty for crossing the border illegally, which is a misdemeanor. RNS reported that the audience “erupted in applause” when DiNardio asked if they agreed with his criticism of zero tolerance.

“Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together,” he said. “Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”

On Wednesday, American immigration officials ripped a baby from its mother’s arms as she was breastfeeding inside a detention center.

Weisenburger’s decree garnered support on Twitter, with some saying he should target outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Catholic who tows the line for the administration.

One user pointed out that “not even the pharaoh, not even Caesar, tore Jesus from Mary’s arms.”

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