[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Unidentified Suspect Seen Defacing NYC Mural To Read 'Orange Lives Matter'

Genius Trump Wears Mask Causing Media To Question Effectiveness Of Masks

Black Lives Matter Sociopaths Raid Facebook Page of Young Mom Murdered for Saying ‘All Lives Matter,’ Torment Her Family

The Second Coming

Whistleblower: New Epstein Tapes Show Top Supreme Court Justice Being Blackmailed

‘People Are Going To Be Shocked’: Bannon Claims Wuhan Lab Employees Have Defected, Are Working With FBI

OK, Let’s Give Them Reparations—If They Go Back to Africa

McCloskeys Disarmed: GOP Pushback Finally Begins?

Satan Invoked to Punish Campus Conservatives

150 Minneapolis Police Officers Want ‘Duty Disability’ for PTSD over Protests

Are Face Masks & COVID Rituals Occultist Symbols For Submission?

It's Getting Pretty Scary Out There "Can you not follow the lines on the floor?"

How 36 Reporters Brought Us the Twin Towers’ Explosive Demolition on 9/11

Man Admits He Scammed “Dumb” Trump Supporters Out Of Donation Money

Hundreds Of Liberals Celebrate The Death Of Police Officer, Attack Daughter Mourning His Loss

Three Churches Have Burned in Just Over 24 Hours, But You Wouldn’t Know It If You Watch National News

Forget face masks and fear – let’s relax and accept the risk

Portland BLM Activist Uses Baby As Human Shield During Violent Protest

HUGE: The Coronavirus Tracking Project’s Numbers are Suspect After They Are Caught Tacking On Previous Deaths to Current Totals

Trump Tells Minnesota Governor to Go Jump In a Lake, Denies Request for ‘Disaster’ Relief After Riots

Young White Mother Killed By Black Lives Matter Mob for Allegedly Saying ‘All Lives Matter,’ National Media Fully Ignores

Wesley Chapel homeowner fires on three intruders, killing two of them

Blurred Justice: 'Hero' arrested after disarming gunman

Fighting Falsehoods with Facts (Covid-19)

George Floyd was on a government watchlist, new information reveals

Bath & Body Works Manager No Longer Working at Store After Yelling “F*ck Donald Trump!” at Customer Wearing Trump 2020 Face Mask

Cartoons for the Age of Wokeness: Social Justice Warriors

Is Wayfair Really Trafficking Humans?

MUST READ: Body Cam Transcript Tells a Different Story on the Death of George Floyd

From everyday language to the worlds of Shakespeare and Austin, MSM finds racism everywhere

Only biological MEN have “vaginas” now, according to lunatic trans cult

'NYMPHOMANIAC' Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell ‘filmed powerful people having sex with underage girls’

Cops Raid Mansion Of St. Louis Couple Who Defended Home From Protesters, Confiscate AR-15

Wesley Chapel homeowner ... fires on Three inTruders --- killing Two of Them

Never Forget

Harvard Grad Claira Janover Never Had A Job At Deloitte But Is Set to Cash In On GoFundMe For Being 'Fired'

Gorsuch Joins With Libs to Void Child Rapist's Conviction and Declare Half of Oklahoma a 'Native American Reservation'

Chicago: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted Over to Read ‘All Lives Matter’

Head of Emergency Management Says Texans Should Wear Masks Inside Their Own Homes

'SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH' Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue refuses to apologize after online boycott over ‘blessed to have Trump’ praise

Overweight Black Models Oppressed by Exclusion

WNBA, NFL Players Show BLM Stands For Bigoted Lynch Mob

‘Who’s That Beautiful Face? How Old?’ – Biden Refuses to Answer Questions From Reporters But Creeps on Child During Visit to His Childhood Home

Black American Actor Calls For The End Of Racial Division In The US

Wisconsin Man in Hate Crime Killing Says He Intentionally Swerved Truck because He Believes Harley Drivers to be “White Racists” — Murdered former Cop

Racist? Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks - SNL

Alan “The-State-Can-Plunge-A-Needle-In-Your-Arm” Dershowitz Is In Epstein’s “Little Black Book”

Banned Video: Get Ready For The Great Reset

The Former Lady Antebellum Music Group Is Now Suing Black Soul Singer ‘Lady A’ Over Name Change

NEW HATE HOAX: Police Stop Investigation into Racist Notes Left on Car After ‘Victim’ Refuses to Cooperate


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

Religion
See other Religion Articles

Title: In powerful speech, San Diego bishop challenges organizers to disrupt, rebuild ("protagonistas")
Source: National Catholic Reporter
URL Source: https://www.ncronline.org/news/just ... ges-organizers-disrupt-rebuild
Published: Feb 19, 2017
Author: Brian Roewe
Post Date: 2017-02-20 20:46:39 by Hondo68
Keywords: rebuild our earth, jobs, housing, immigration, a powerful white man
Views: 769
Comments: 3

  • San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy addresses the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements Feb. 18, in Modesto, Calif. (NCR photo/Brian Roewe)
  • A line from San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy’s speech -- “We must all become disruptors” – is captured by artist Sonia Sawhney on a visual note card for the work and housing panel Feb. 18 at the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. (NCR photo/Brian Roewe)
  • San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, right, speaks with community organizers and Cardinal Peter Turkson Feb. 18 at the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. (NCR photo/Brian Roewe)
Modesto, Calif. -- It took all of six minutes for San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy to rouse a crowd of nearly 700 community organizers and social justice "protagonistas" by calling them to become disrupters and rebuilders amid current American politics.

The speech, 20 minutes in length but interrupted nearly two dozen times by cheers and applause, took head on key policies of the early presidency of Donald Trump.

“President Trump was the candidate of disruption. He was the disrupter, he said,” McElroy told those gathered here Saturday morning for the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. “Well now, we must all become disrupters.”

“We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those who portray refugees as enemies, rather than our brothers and sisters in terrible need. We must disrupt those who train us to see Muslim men and women and children as sources of fear rather than as children of God. We must disrupt those who seek to rob our medical care, especially from the poor. We must disrupt those who would take even food stamps and nutrition assistance from the mouths of children,” the bishop said.


Read the earlier story: 'Unbreakable': World Meeting for justice opens in California, Pope Francis hails the nearly 700 participants in his message to the gathering in Modesto.

NCR pledges to publish unrelenting, independent journalism. Stand with us. Subscribe or Donate now.


McElroy was not the first bishop to speak at this popular movements gathering, nor the first to rally the audience or address actions of the Trump administration. A day earlier, Archbishop José Gomez, whose see of Los Angeles has nearly 1 million immigrants without legal documentation, called for comprehensive immigration reform in condemning deportation policies of the past two presidents, but in particular the tone of Trump.

“I do not like the harsh tone, the sense of indifference and cruelty that seems to be coming out of this new administration in Washington. They are playing with our emotions, with people’s emotions, toying with their lives and futures, and that’s not right,” Gomez said, later adding “A person is still a person even though he is without papers.”

But the San Diego prelate benefited from the blessing of timing. He followed two days of speakers and participants clamoring for leaders in the Catholic church to step up their involvement in the issues on the board -- land, work, housing, racism, and immigration, the latter McElroy identified as “the key one we have to face now in our local church” -- and during a panel on labor and lodging, he delivered the message they were waiting to hear.

“I thought it really powerful,” said Christopher Newsome of the Farm at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, made even more powerful for him, who is black, that the words came from the mouth of a powerful white man. “It made me feel so excited to be Catholic.”

John Gehring, Catholic program director of Faith in Public Life, tweeted that the address “was one of the most powerful speeches I’ve ever seen a bishop give.”

McElroy couched his remarks to the grass-roots leaders in what he described as the “powerful pathway” of past Catholic movements of “see, act, judge”: to see the situation clearly, to judge with principles that foster the integral development of people, and to act “in a way which implements these principles in the light of everyone’s unique situation.”

The “simple but rich architecture” constructed by these principles, he said, guided Catholic social actions in the past century in Europe and Latin America. But the words “which carry with them such a powerful history of social transformation around the world in the service of the dignity of the human person,” McElroy continued, “must be renewed and re-examined in every age, and seen against the background of those social, economic, and political forces in each historical moment.”

That moment in the U.S., he said, was “a pivotal moment as a people and a nation, in which bitter divisions cleave our country and pollute our actual dialogue.”

“We must make the issues of jobs, housing, immigration, economic disparities, and the environment foundations for common efforts, rather than of division. We must seek prophetic words and prophetic actions which produce unity and cohesion, and we must do so in a spirit of hope, which is realistic,” McElroy said.

The principle of seeing “is the starting point for transformative justice” and served as the backbone of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on the Care for Our Common Home,” McElroy added, but “has seldom been more difficult in our society in the United States.”

“This is an especially important anchor for us in an age in which truth itself is under attack. Pope Benedict lamented the diminishment of attention to the importance of objective truth in public life and discourse. Now we’ve come to a time when alternate facts compete with real facts, and whole industries have arisen to shape public opinion in destructively isolated and dishonest patterns,” said McElroy, an observation that elicited a cry of “Preach!” from the audience.

He urged people to never be afraid to speak the truth, which lay in empirical reality and the “realities of injustice and marginalization that confront our nation.” He then quoted Francis’ own address to the 2015 World Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia, where the pope stated, “When we look into the eyes of the suffering, when they see the faces of the endangered campesino, the poor laborer, the downtrodden native, the homeless family, the persecuted migrant, the unemployed young person, the exploited child, we have seen and heard not a cold statistic, but the pain of a suffering humanity, our own pain, our own flesh.”

“‘See clearly the situation’ is not merely a step in your work on behalf of justice,” McElroy told the audience filled with faith-based and secular community organizers. “It shapes everything that you do to transform our world.”

From there, McElroy hit his stride.

The San Diego bishop said that “the fundamental political question of our age” was whether current U.S. economic structures will receive greater freedom or be directed in a way “to safeguard the dignity of the human person and the common good of our nation.”

“In that battle, the tradition of Catholic social teaching is unequivocally on the side of strong governmental and societal protections for the powerless, the worker, the homeless, the hungry, those without decent medical care, the unemployed,” McElroy said to rolling applause.

“This stance of the church’s teaching flows from teaching of the Book of Genesis, that creation is the gift of God to all of humanity. Thus in the most fundamental way, there is a universal destination for all of the material goods that exist in this world. Wealth is a common heritage, not at its core a right of lineage or of acquisition.”

At one point, McElroy said he often drew pushback when he quoted Francis in saying the current economy is “one that kills,” that people accused him of exaggerating what was meant merely as a figure of speech. He then asked the assembly in Modesto’s Central Catholic High School gymnasium to close their eyes and think of someone they have known killed by the economy: “A senior who can’t afford medicine or rent. A mother or father who are dying working two and three jobs, and really dying because even then they can’t provide for their kids. Young people who can’t find their way in the world in which there is no job for them, and they turn to drugs and gangs and suicide.”

Afterward, McElroy asked people to first mourn those in their thoughts, and then shout out their names. Frank, Danielle, Ruth, Sarah, Jeffrey were among those exclaimed.

“Let all the world know that this economy kills,” the bishop said.

“For Catholic social teaching, the surest pathway to economic justice is the provision of meaningful and sustainable work for all men and women capable of work. … Work is thus a profoundly sacred reality. It protects human dignity even as it spiritually enriches that dignity. If we truly are in our work co-creators with God, don’t we think that deserves at least $15 an hour?” McElroy asked, in his first of three endorsements of an increase in the minimum wage to that level.

In addition to becoming disrupters, McElroy called everyone to also become rebuilders in solidarity.

“We have to rebuild this nation so that we place at its heart the service to the dignity of the human person, and asserts what that flag behind us asserts and is our heritage: Every man and woman and child is equal in this nation and called to be equal,” he said.

That nation must pay a higher minimum wage, provide decent housing and basic needs to its poor, and “rebuild our earth, which is so much endangered by our own industries,” with forces attempting to “obscure the scientific realities of climate change” in the same manner used earlier by tobacco companies.

“So let us see and judge and act. Let us disrupt and rebuild. And let us do God’s work,” McElroy concluded to a final robust round of applause.

Afterward, one of the participants was overheard saying, “We need more bishops like that.”


Poster Comment:

If Bernie Sanders converts to Catholic, he'll be like this. (3 images)

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

#1. To: hondo68 (#0)

“Well now, we must all become disrupters.”

whenever I try it someone rains on my parade

paraclete  posted on  2017-02-20   23:31:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: hondo68 (#0) (Edited)

“Let all the world know that this economy kills,” the bishop said.

It's not this economy that kills. It's parasitic shit for brains assholes like you reciting lyrical poetry that makes the principles of productivity seem irrelevant that kills.

rlk  posted on  2017-02-20   23:57:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: hondo68 (#0)

It took all of six minutes for San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy to rouse a crowd of nearly 700 community organizers and social justice "protagonistas" by calling them to become disrupters and rebuilders amid current American politics.

How much does he donate from his diocese? Does he live in a small room at the back of the church and take a bus when he needs to go somewhere? Are all his meals eaten in a soup kitchen where he serves the poor every day before eating himself?

What about the rest of the Poverty Pimps in that room? I'm betting the majority of them are pulling down 6 figure incomes,and not donating a dime to anyone.

Charity bees big bidnez.

BOYCOTT PAYPAL AND CLOSE YOUR PP ACCOUNTS NOW! ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO SO,TOO!

ISLAM MEANS SUBMISSION!

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

American Indians had open borders. Look at how well that worked out for them.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-02-21   12:22:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com