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Priest Calls Jeff Sessions "Disgraceful' for Using the Bible to Defend Tearing Apart Immigrant Families

Outrage about the administration's treatment of families at the border.

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As pressure grows against the President Donald Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children at the southern border from their parents, a Jesuit priest scolded Attorney General Jeff Sessions for defending the policy on Biblical grounds.

The Catholic Church has been deeply critical of the administration's policy. On Thursday, Sessions shot back at the criticism.

"Many of the criticisms raised in recent days are not fair, not logical, and some of contrary to plain law," he said.

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"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 the government for his purposes," Sessions added.

"Disgraceful," James Martin, a Jesuit and editor at large for American Magazine, said on Twitter of the comments.

He continued: "Do not use St. Paul to justify unjust laws and acts of cruelty. St. Paul was an apostle not of laws (we are not justified by laws, he says in Romans), but an apostle of a person: Jesus Christ. "

Instead of pointing to Paul, Martin suggested taking a look a Jesus' own word, in particular, "I was a stranger and you did not welcome me" (Mt. 25). 

Watch Sessions' comments below:

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.