Archbishop Hebda, other faith leaders join Governor Walz in addressing federal shutdown

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
Archbishop Bernard Hebda makes comments during a press conference at the State Capitol Jan. 15 concerning the effects of the Federal government shutdown on Minnesota, and how the state can respond to provide crucial services to its needy citizens. Archbishop Hebda was among faith leaders present at the press conference, which also featured Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda makes comments during a press conference at the State Capitol Jan. 15 concerning the effects of the Federal government shutdown on Minnesota, and how the state can respond to provide crucial services to its needy citizens. Archbishop Hebda was among faith leaders present at the press conference, which also featured Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. DAVE HRBACEK | THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined about a dozen other faith leaders, as well as Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and other state officials at a Jan. 15 news conference at the State Capitol on the impact the longest federal government shutdown in history was having on Minnesotans, especially vulnerable populations dependent on federal services.

The archbishop noted the number of religious traditions represented at the gathering, saying it “really gives evidence to the importance of this question, and making sure that we’re caring for those who are most vulnerable.”

It is important for people to set aside partisan politics to address problems that will have a concrete impact on families, Archbishop Hebda said. He said he wishes the religious community could fix the partial shutdown, in its fourth week, but it can’t.

“But we know that as we come together to support those who represent us in government that we have an opportunity to have an impact,” the archbishop said.

Walz said state officials were providing funds for the costs of some federal programs to prevent a disruption of services, and they will continue to monitor the situation to help mitigate the shutdown’s negative effects and ensure the state of Minnesota is reimbursed for those costs.

Sister Carolyn Puccio, delegate for consecrated life for the archdiocese, represented her community at the news conference, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

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