CAMPBELL, N.J. — The Catholic Church in America has become the most vocal opponent of Donald Trump, and the U.S. Catholic Conference, which has been an enthusiastic defender of Trump since his campaign launched in 2015, says he is “a threat to religious freedom and the Christian religion.”
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Thursday announced the formation of a task force to study Trump’s policies and policies of religious freedom, and it urged Trump to reverse the move by the bishops.
The task force, chaired by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, will be led by Archbishop James M. Daly of Boston, the president of the USCCB, who is also the archbishop of New Orleans.
Daly told reporters that Trump has no right to impose a new “protectionist” immigration policy and said that “a new approach is needed to protect the rights of people of faith.”
“We have to protect our borders and our way of life,” Daly said.
“There are a number of policies that Mr. Trump has put in place that do not have the support of the bishops, including policies that would have a chilling effect on religious freedom.
“If there’s anything we can do to protect Americans from a President who wants to put their lives in danger, it’s to get this country moving forward.” “
These are serious concerns for our nation and we want to be a voice for all Americans,” Daly told the AP.
“If there’s anything we can do to protect Americans from a President who wants to put their lives in danger, it’s to get this country moving forward.”
The bishops have said they do not support any candidate for president who has publicly advocated violence against Muslims or supports banning Muslims from entering the U-S-based countries.
The United Methodist Church (UMC) is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the United States.
It has been a leading advocate of Trump, calling him a “racist, xenophobic and anti-Christian bigot” during the presidential campaign.
UMC president Jerry Falwell Jr. said that the UMC opposes the election of Trump and the policies he is promoting.
Falwell, who has a long history of working with the church, was the first major Catholic leader to endorse Trump’s campaign in 2015.
He said he was “very disturbed” by Trump’s stance on immigration and has spoken out against the president’s rhetoric on the campaign trail.
“As a church, we are the largest single group of Americans who have a commitment to religious liberty,” Falwell told reporters.
“We believe in the separation of church and state and we are committed to the freedom of conscience.
We cannot support Donald Trump.”