Order of Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Independent Catholic Church

Diocese of St. Thomas of Villanova

Our Lady of Grace Friary

6605 Hilltop Dr.

 

Brookhaven, PA 19015

 

Pastoral Letter: Justice in Political Discourse

February 2, 2015 Office of the Bishop and Prior General
Presentation of the Lord

My brothers and sisters,

We are truly Church when we listen and hear the voice of the Spirit speaking in all of us. Recently, one of our clergy voiced in conversation, the moral and civic outrage we all should feel at the political campaign rhetoric and discourse of Donald Trump in particular and the radical voices on the far right in general.

These voices give a platform to what is most base in our existence: fear, division, demagoguery, and discrimination of every sort from race and gender, to religion and origin. We, as the Body of Christ, must raise our voices even louder to give a platform to what is most genuine and admirable about our American culture and Christian discipleship: “neither Greek nor Jew, neither slave or free, neither woman or man, but all are one in the Lord,” and “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

As a Church in Jesus Christ, we condemn and refute this type of derisive discourse and hateful speech as antithetical to our American values and our particular Christian Church’s discipleship. We call on and remind all political parties that they hold a responsibility to treasure the values that make us the beacon of freedom and justice that we proclaim to be. We further call on them to disassociate themselves from persons proliferating this hate and condemn political rhetoric that is all too reminiscent of 1930’s politics of Nationalism rather than the centuries’ old democratic values that are America.

We call on our brothers and sisters, and leaders in particular, of Christian faith and all those whose faith in the Ultimate is rooted in justice, peace, love and equality, to raise a collective voice that condemns politics of fear and hate as having nothing to do with God.

Yours, one in mind and heart into God,

+Joseph Augustine

(Most Rev.) Friar Joseph Augustine Menna, AIHM
Bishop and Prior General
Order of Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Independent Catholic Church
Diocese of St. Thomas of Villanova