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When bishops speak on moral issues, Catholics are compelled to listen

Pope Francis and many U.S. bishops condemned as immoral the policy of separating children and parents entering the country illegally, such as this Honduran woman and child crossing the border June 12 at  in McAllen, Texas. Catholics cannot dismiss the bishops when they are teaching with regard to the moral law,  including when it applies to governmental laws and public policies, said theologian Larry Welch said. "It's something they're bound to conform their conscience to."

Even in political matters, it's within the Church's mission to pass moral judgment 

Condemnation of a U.S. policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border, including from the U.S. bishops, preceded a move by President Donald Trump June 20 to end the policy.

EDITORIAL | Catholics are compelled to follow bishops’ moral lead

Led by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Catholic bishops in the United States condemned the separation of children from their families at the U.S./Mexico border as the government implements the administration's zero-tolerance policy in immigration.

Cardinal DiNardo called the practice, simply, "immoral." He's the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the leader of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson joined the chorus of dissent on June 19, calling the "forcible" separation "inhumane" and "morally unacceptable."

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