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• Response to Tony Magliano’s Column


Dear Editor,

Tony Magliano’s column in “Commentary,” (March 15, 2016) needs a response. He comments, “yes, building bridges, not walls, is the Christian response to suffering.” I would point out that, indeed, the United States has built plenty of bridges along the Mexican/US border, which are called “legal border control crossings.” The “walls” are currently flimsy, very porous, and the discussion about turning them into sturdy “walls” is largely because of the easy flow of drugs, which are killing many of our citizens, including a disproportionate number of young people. Clearly this side of the suffering equation is conveniently ignored by Magliano.

Furthermore, Magliano reminds us about the Pope’s commentary, on returning from Mexico last month, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not Christian.” Magliano brought up this quote to criticize Mr. Trump. Yet, Magliano did not remind his reader that the day after Pope Francis made this statement, Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman, clarified to reporters at the Vatican, “in no way is this a personal attack, nor an indication of how to vote.”  These are just a few of examples of how Mr. Magliano consistently chooses to report only half of the story.

Thomas Beno
St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish

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