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Catholic bishops join ecumenical letter on Trump’s tweets about Baltimore

Two Catholic bishops joined almost a dozen leaders of various Christian groups in Baltimore denouncing tweets by President Donald Trump, who in late July called Maryland’s 7th Congressional District a ‘disgusting, rat and rodent infested’ place where ‘no human being would want to live’.

Archbishop William E. Lori and Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore signed the letter, dated 29th July, addressed to the president, and also signed by bishops from the city’s Episcopal and Lutheran church, as well as Methodist, evangelical and Presbyterian leaders, among others.

‘Recently, much to our dismay and profound sadness, you publicly slurred our beloved city of Baltimore in a tweet,’ the letter said. ‘We will not dignify the slur by repeating it. It was horrible, demeaning and beneath the dignity of a political leader who should be encouraging us all to strive and work for a more civil, just and compassionate society.’

They invited the president to visit Baltimore and to see what faith groups are doing to help the city’s neighborhoods: teaching children to read and study, reclaiming abandoned buildings for housing and other community needs, helping recent immigrants and refugees, feeding, clothing and housing the homeless, planting trees, growing gardens, and cleaning up streets.

‘We are asking for your help – not tweets of denunciation,’ they said in the letter.

Picture: President Donald Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again Rally at Northside Middle School, Elkhart, Indiana, US. (Jerome Lynch/Zuma Press/PA).