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Catholics Are Upset With Pope Francis For Donating Money To Help Migrants In Mexico

In a generous move that will help assist over 75,000 migrants currently at the U.S. border, Pope Francis donated $500,000 in aid to migrants. The donation will be distributed between 27 projects associated with 16 Mexican dioceses and congregations. The funds will continue providing food, lodging, and basic necessities to migrants fleeing their home countries through Mexico.

The Vatican says there have been nearly 75,000 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that are essentially “stranded.”

The Catholic Church has been helping those fleeing their home countries by supplying medical necessities. The church is also housing thousands of migrants in hotels within dioceses or congregations. The donation is another way to help as the number of waiting migrants continues to grow in the coming months.

“In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having traveled more than 4,000 kilometers on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala,” reads a press release from the Vatican. “Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the U.S. border remains closed to them.”

Thirteen various projects have also already been approved for aid in Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and Nogales, which all border the U.S. The remaining 14 projects are still undergoing the approval process, according to the press release.

The donation comes less than a month after Francis criticized Trump and other “builders of walls” who want to keep migrants out of their countries.

The funds are another rebuke to President Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration from Francis. In March, he said that “Builders of walls will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”

“I realize that with this problem [of migration], a government has a hot potato in its hands, but it must be resolved differently, humanely, not with razor wire,” Francis told reporters.

Back in 2016, Francis suggested that Trump’s desire to keep migrants out of America was an un-Christian decision.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Pope Francis told The New York Times, referring to Trump’s immigration policies.

The donation has angered a lot of people within and outside of the church.

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Religion is supposed to be about compassion. There is something in the bible about welcoming foreigners into your land and treating them kindly. It is almost like people forgot this passage recently…

Others are threatening to turn their backs on the church.

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While no one should be forced to accept anyone’s political affiliation as their own, one would expect that someone part of a church would understand compassion.

Some people are mad because the Catholic church didn’t donate enough.

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The internet is good for one thing: opinions. Social media is a place where no one wins. No matter what you do, people will argue that you did too much, not enough, or got involved in something you shouldn’t be involved with. It’s a real no win.

Some loyal Catholics support the pope and his donation.

The migrant crisis at the border has been exacerbated for months due to U.S. policies targeting migrants and legal asylum seekers. The Trump administration has even started forcing migrants to wait in Mexico as their asylum requests are being processed, which one U.S. federal judge ruled to be illegal.

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Parents Angered After Priest Refuses To Offer Autistic Son First Communion

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Parents Angered After Priest Refuses To Offer Autistic Son First Communion

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First Communion is a very important moment in any Catholic child’s life. The family gets together to watch the little ones walk down the church aisles in white and partake in the sacrament for the first time. For one family, however, a priest has taken that moment away from them because their child is autistic.

The LaCugna family is upset that their autistic son was denied his First Communion.

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Jimmy LaCugna took to Facebook to share his disappointment with his church for denying his special needs son his First Communion. First Communion is one of the most important moments in a young Catholics life and the family feels like it has been taken away from them.

“They said there is no way he can make his Communion. He doesn’t understand what the Holy Communion is about,” Nicole LaCugna told News 12 New Jersey. “Nowhere in the Bible does it ever show discrimination of anybody.”

Since the Facebook post by Jimmy, the church tried to change course then deleted their reversal from Facebook.

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Allegedly, the church released a statement that painted the LaCugna family as being dishonest about the situation. However, it was deleted from their Facebook page without warning.

The post initially stated that “new information has come to light” stating that children with intellectual and cognitive disabilities “should be presumed to have an inner spiritual relationship with God.”

“My heart shattered,” Nicole told the New York Post. “My first thought was, how do you take a child who was one of God’s children and say that he is not good enough, basically, to be making the sacrament?”

At the center of the controversy is the fact that Rev. John Bambrick made the decision but hasn’t addressed the family personally.

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In a statement posted to the church’s website, Rev. Bambrick blames the controversy on a breakdown of communication.

“With the guidance and support of Bishop David O’Connell, we were able to discern a way for the child to receive First Holy Communion without any delay,” Rev Bambrick stated. “We have made the family aware of this development and hope to be able to meet with them to discuss it. Their child continues to be welcome in our program, and will be able to receive First Holy Communion this year.”

Catholic parishioners have been shocked and dismayed by this church’s handling of a child with special needs.

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The decision to withhold the child’s First Communion for mental or health issues isn’t the first time. A quick Google search brings back several cases of children being denied their First Communion because of mental or health issues.

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People On Twitter Are Sharing Their Hilarious Moments Of Catholic Guilt

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People On Twitter Are Sharing Their Hilarious Moments Of Catholic Guilt

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Ah. Catholic guilt. It’s the thing that keeps you up at night after missing a phone call with your Abuela and submitting to your mom’s demands that you drag your feet to church with her on any given Sunday. No matter where you are in your life, whatever parts of your faith you’ve cast aside, it sticks with you like eucharist to your tongue.  After all, catholic guilt is like living with your own personal nun who speaks truths and anxieties into your ear for the rest of your life. She asks if it’s real worth it to risk eternal hellfire for that one white lie or speeding in a neighborhood. Here are all of the times, Catholic guilt really got you.

The first time you start to think that sex before marriage might be caca?

And your Catholic school teachings snap your right back in for a few more years. Of course, through ought these years you experiment with a lot of “self-care” which you also feel guilty about. TBH you probably also used your virginity and ceasing to stop flicking the ol’ bean as a bartering chip for waiting to have sex too. 

When it feels so wrong that it feels so good.

“We all know catholic guilt is why we are kinky mfs”. And you KNOW that all of those years of delayed gratification led to a world full of weird kinks and freaks that you might even feel a little guilty for being into now. 

When the weather feels great but global warming.

“I know a lot of people are confused by the commingling emotions of “this weather feels so good,” and “we will pay for this and the earth is for sure dying,” so for those uninitiated I would like to say welcome to Catholic guilt” – @ohJuliatweets. You know global warming is a problem and yet, you can’t help but thank the stars for how warm it’s been this winter season. 

It’s the thing that walks with you in life like that story of Jesus’s feet on the beach.

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“Not ever dealing with catholic guilt and shame.”

It haunts you years and years later.

“When I was 22, I pretended the Nsync/Britney Spears cd I was buying at McDonalds drive-thru was for my 4 year old niece in the backseat becuz I was embarrassed. I still feel bad about that. Just in case anyone wonders what Catholic guilt feels like & how long it lasts. FOREVER!!”

And don’t get it twisted, Catholic guilt will be there with you through thick and thin. 

Because it will come for you in the A.M. 

It pops back at you when it’s time to eat.

So you never overindulge without feeling extremely guilty for it. In fact, you probably feel way worse after years of being told about all of the starving kids in Africa.