Detroit archbishop denounces proposals to bar Muslims from U.S.

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media after meeting with a group of black pastors at his office in the Manhattan borough of New York on Nov. 30, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media after meeting with a group of black pastors at his office in the Manhattan borough of New York on Nov. 30, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-TRUMP-PASTORS, originally transmitted on Dec. 1, 2015 and RNS-ARCHBISHOP-TRUMP, originally transmitted on Dec. 11, 2015.

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(RNS) Archbishop Allen Vigneron's criticism is significant because Catholic leaders have been strong defenders of religious freedom in recent years but have been largely quiet in the wake of Donald Trump’s controversial pitch earlier this week to bar all Muslims from the U.S.