Washington Archbishop Condemns Trump's Visit To Catholic Shrine

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said he finds it 'baffling and reprehensible' that a Catholic facility would allow itself to be 'manipulated' in this way.

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Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said he finds it 'baffling and reprehensible' that a Catholic facility would allow itself to be 'manipulated' in this way.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said he finds it 'baffling and reprehensible' that a Catholic facility would allow itself to be 'manipulated' in this way.

Bishop John Stowe, from the Catholic diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, also criticized Trump’s visit.As Trump visits the St John Paul II National Shrine today, I hope someone proclaims today's Gospel (Mark 12:13-17) where Herodians and Pharisees are called out for their hypocrisy.

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— Bishop John Stowe (@BpStowe)June 2, 2020Sister Simone Campbell, who leads the Catholic social justice advocacy group Network, accused Trump of using the Catholic faith “in another photo op to defend his appalling refusal to address racism and police violence in the United States.”

“He is trying to create a false dichotomy of peaceful protestors versus the Church. That could not be further from the truth, and any Christian who believes it does not understand Jesus’s message,” Campbell said in a statement.“Saint John Paul II himself spoke out against racism multiple times during his papacy, I hope President Trump learns that history during his visit,” she said.

Rev. James Martin, editor at large of the Jesuit Catholic magazine America, also said that Trump was visiting the shrine “for another photo op at a religious site.”Alex Wong via Getty ImagesDemonstrators stage a protest near the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, which President Donald Trump visited on June 2 in Washington, D.C.

Gregory’s condemnation of Trump’s visit to the shrine comes just one day after Washington’s Episcopal bishop lashed out at the president for using one of the churches in her diocese for a photo op.On Monday evening, law enforcement officials in riot gear fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered at Lafayette Square to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed in police custody last week in Minneapolis. The square is located right in front of St. John’s Church. Clergy who had gathered at the church to offer water and solidarity to protesters were

among those who reportedbeing tear-gassed and driven off the church’s property.The president then walked from the White House to pose with a Bible outside of St. John’s Church, which had been set on fire during protests a day earlier.Rev. Mariann Budde, leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington,

accused Trumpof using the Bible and St. John’s Church as a backdrop for a message that is “antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for.”Budde said that she was sad about the damage to the church, but that she and her diocese still stood in solidarity with protesters demanding an end to police brutality against Black Americans.

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“In no way do we support the President’s incendiary response to a wounded, grieving nation,” Budde said. Read more: HuffPostWomen »

Washington Archbishop Condemns Trump's Visit To Catholic ShrineArchbishop Wilton D. Gregory said he finds it 'baffling and reprehensible' that a Catholic facility would allow itself to be 'manipulated' in this way. And? You can’t stop him from going. As well he should. Huffington Post. What a joke.

Catholic Archbishop Criticizes Trump's Visit To St. John Paul II Shrine'I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated,' says Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. I'm sure there's a special place in Hell for Donald Trump. Let him keep paving his path. “Visited”

DC Episcopal bishop: 'I am outraged' by Trump church visitThe bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington sharply criticized President Trump for staging a visit to the fire-damaged St. John's Church across from the White House. The visit came after authorities had cleared the area of peaceful protesters. Under his eye Trump used the military on peaceful citizens exercising their 1A rights simply for a photo op He did it because he saw Joe do his church thing earlier in the day and LOST IT. Lol

Trump, an infrequent churchgoer, focuses on Christian base amid protests and pandemicPresident Donald Trump made his second visit to a religious site in as many days on Tuesday with a visit to the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington alongside first lady Melania Trump. Later Tuesday, Trump will sign an executive order on international religious freedom. 'People familiar with the matter', no real source, just more anti-Trump propaganda. 'people familiar with the matter say'. Is that like an anonymous source? Yeah most Christian men I know love getting pissed on by prostitutes

Late-night hosts condemn Trump's 'deranged' response to George Floyd protests'In times like these, we need empathetic and moral leadership. Unfortunately, we have Donald Trump.' its a good look actually use it more often Floydforever How about we condemn the violence and destruction?

Religious leaders condemn teargassing protesters to clear street for TrumpGOP lawmakers have been mostly silent on the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to make way for the president’s church photo op. I thought he would wave his staff and they would part. How dare he poses with a so called bible in front of a church!! Ignorant monster!! Lies!!! All lies!! Interesting