Voting Criteria

To Fellow Catholic Voters
From Ray McGovern

Pope Francis: “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help.” Many bishops have also spoken out strongly against a mentality that sees refugees primarily as a threat or a problem.

Let’s remember that our theology is deeply rooted in Hebrew scripture, which insists time and time again that particular care is owed to those Biblical scholars call the “Deuteronomic triad”—the refugee, the orphan, and the widow. The prophets of Israel spoke passionately about how a truly God-fearing society ought to show concern and love for its most vulnerable.  It is the same in Christian scripture — and Islam, as well.

We don’t need scholarly exegesis to understand the gospel words of Jesus.  They are unambiguous — you might call them the “gospel truth,” hard as it often is to internalize it, shape our views, and let it guide our actions.

I believe something like the following is in store for us at “the end of time.”  Those who will be blessed — whether Jew, Christian, or Muslim — are those to whom God can say “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

“What parish bulletin did you get that from,” I hear you asking.  Nope, I plagiarized most of it from Lazar Berman, a former Times of Israel journalist who holds a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and has served as a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown.