WASHINGTON — Lay and religious leaders, including Bishop Michael
F. Burbidge, reacted to news of Donald J. Trump's upset win in the Nov. 8
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of
the U.S. bishops' conference, outlined an ambitious agenda in a Nov. 9
post-election statement that congratulated Trump and all election victors.
"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," Archbishop Kurtz 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."
Archbishop Kurtz added, "Now is the moment to move toward
the responsibility of governing for the common good of all citizens. I believe
God will give us the strength to heal and unite," he said, referring to a
need to bridge the divides created in the country by such a contentious election.
After Trump clinched the Electoral College majority early Nov. 9,
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston tweeted, "Congratulations to
President-elect Donald Trump. May God grant you good health, wisdom and courage
during your presidency."
In a Nov. 9 statement, Bishop Burbidge said, “The democratic
process in which we participated yesterday is one of our greatest blessings as
a nation and the direct result of the precious gift of the freedom we have been
given. We are now called to commend our new president and all other newly
elected officials to God, that they may be guided by Our Lord as they prepare
to take office and serve the common good of those entrusted to their care.
“Regardless of who received our vote, now is the time to be
reminded that the strength of our republic lies in our unity as fellow citizens
and members of God’s holy family,” Bishop Burbidge said. “Such relationships
are the bedrock of our society and it is our sacred duty to foster them so that
nothing divides us. When we live in such harmony, there will be true dialogue
and the exchange of ideas will occur in a civil and respectful manner.”
Bishop Burbidge said that as Catholics, we are called to renew
our commitments to bring our faith into the public arena and help shape public
policies, especially with regard to the sacredness of human life at every
moment; the dignity of each and every human person; the protection of religious
freedom; the sanctity of marriage and family life; and the care of the poor and
most needy in our midst.
“In this way, with God’s grace, we help to ensure that the next
generation inherits a nation more civil, more ethical, and more devoted to
achieving peace which is true and lasting,” he said.
"We are delighted that tonight's election results reflect
America's pro-life consensus in the House, Senate and presidency. We applaud
candidates that took a stand on the most critical human rights issue of today,
abortion," said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.
"We congratulate President-elect Trump on his hard-fought
win, as well Vice President-elect Pence, and our friends in Congress,"
Mancini added. "We look forward to working together to fulfill
President-elect Trump's campaign promises to ensure pro-life Supreme Court
justices, pro-life policies, and defunding America's primary abortion provider,
Philippe Nassif, executive director of In Defense of Christians,
urged Trump to "prioritize the protection of the ancient ethnic and
religious minority communities of the Middle East, and a region in which these
communities can coexist and thrive peacefully in their native lands" in a
Nov. 9 statement. "The Christian values of tolerance and coexistence, and
the innovations that these communities have contributed to their societies for
so many centuries are essential for a stable and secure Middle East, which is
in the national security interests of the United States and the world."