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Jun 18, 2018

Bishop Andy Doyle's Statement on Separating Children from Parents at Border

"Families are the bedrock of American society and our government has the discretion to ensure that young children are not separated from their mothers and fathers and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Separating babies from their mothers is not only unconscionable, it is immoral.

Superior orders will not be an ethical defense for the legacy of pain being inflicted upon these children or the violence to families being woven into the fabric of our future. These actions do irreparable harm, are not proportional to the crime, betray our covenant with God in both the Old and New Testaments, subvert American family values, and are patently inhumane.

Our government leaders have the ability to uphold our laws, protect our borders, and ensure that families are not separated.

Yet, these families—who are in crisis in their native lands—now face even more uncertainty because those in power are not taking the responsibility of leadership. Our society’s actions reveal not only what our government values, but America’s values. How we handle this crisis reveals if we are the great and civilized society our immigrant founding fathers dreamed or if that dream is over. This is a defining moment for America.”

- The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas