November 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said he looks forward to working with a Trump administration to advance the pro-life cause and encouraged Americans to pray for the nation.
“The Bishops Conference looks forward to working with President-elect Trump to protect human life from its most vulnerable beginning to its natural end. We will advocate for policies that offer opportunity to all people, of all faiths, in all walks of life,” he said. “We are firm in our resolve that our brothers and sisters who are migrants and refugees can be humanely welcomed without sacrificing our security. We will call attention to the violent persecution threatening our fellow Christians and people of other faiths around the world, especially in the Middle East. And we will look for the new administration's commitment to domestic religious liberty, ensuring people of faith remain free to proclaim and shape our lives around the truth about man and woman, and the unique bond of marriage that they can form.”
“Every election brings a new beginning,” Kurtz continued. “Some may wonder whether the country can reconcile, work together and fulfill the promise of a more perfect union. … I believe God will give us the strength to heal and unite.”
Kurtz encouraged Catholics to pray for “leaders in public life” and encouraged Catholics to “help each other be faithful and joyful witnesses to the healing love of Jesus.”
“Let us not see each other in the divisive light of Democrat or Republican or any other political party, but rather, let us see the face of Christ in our neighbors, especially the suffering or those with whom we may disagree,” he said.