Monday, July 02, 2018

At The Border, "There Are No Villains"

For all the statements the leadership of the US' largest religious body might issue, moments like these are the thing that'll actually be remembered.

After a quickly arranged whirlwind tour that ended up unfolding over two days (doubling the original plan), the USCCB executive – Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Archbishop José Gomez – wrapped up their visit to separated immigrant families at the Southern Border with a press conference earlier tonight at the Rio Grande Valley's Basilica of San Juan de la Valle.


With media access curtailed for most of today's stops at sites supervised by Federal agencies, according to the comments of the five-man delegation, the most intense leg of the trip was ostensibly the prelates' journey to Casa Padre – the former Wal-Mart converted into a particularly notorious shelter for some 1,500 boys separated from their parents – where they celebrated Mass for several hundred of the young detainees.