The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has condemned the controversial immigration policy of the Trump administration which has seen children of immigrants being separated from their families at the US-Mexico border.
“Children should not, under any circumstances, be punished for things that are beyond their control”, reads a statement by the Archdiocese.
“Our hearts go out to those suffering under these terrible conditions. We pray for them, that their families soon be restored, and pray that the proper authorities find a swift and just solution to this unfortunate and very painful situation,” it says.
The Archdiocese also takes issue with the citing of a passage of Apostle Paul that was used by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to justify the administration’s decision.
“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” Sessions said.
“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful,” he added.
In the statement, the Archdiocese expresses “concern” and “alarm” at the use of this biblical quote which, as it says, is being “used out of context to justify the strict application of a policy occurring at our southern border, which is detrimental to family life.”
“Family—a divine institution (cf. Ephesians 3:14)—is something that we as Orthodox Christians cherish and hold as sacred. As a special creation of God the Father, no family deserves to be separated,” the statement says.