Cardinal plays Trump card

Without directly naming Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has challenged the candidate’s anti-immigrant rhetoric in an op-ed piece in the New York Daily News.  

Recalling how his students had disbelieved him when he had said that nativism – the policy of protecting the interests of native-born inhabitants against those of immigrants – was “a continual virulent strain in the American psyche, which would probably sadly show up again”, he says that were he in the college classroom again “I could roll out my 'Trump card' to show the students that I was right”.

While insisting that he was “not in the business of telling people what candidates they should support or who deserves their vote”, he nonetheless added that “as a Catholic, I take seriously the Bible's teaching that we are to welcome the stranger”.