The Associated Press mentioned his answer in relation to anti-poverty policies for the state.
“I believe Pope Francis has spoken eloquently about this very thing, especially how poverty has become institutionalized in our systems,” Wester said, according to the wire service.
The Salt Lake Tribune said that Wester is well known for his work in support of comprehensive immigration reform and that he is fluent in Spanish.
Wester is the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Communications Committee. He previously served as the chairman of the Committee on Migration.
In that role, he wrote a letter asking for immigration reform. From that letter:
The Catholic Church is a political force in New Mexico. New Mexico Political Report looked at Allen Sánchez, the executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops. Sánchez works with the bishops in the state and lobbies on their behalf during the legislative session.
ThinkProgress, a liberal website that is part of the Center for American Progress, mentioned Wester’s selection as a replacement for Sheehan. In specifics, the site wrote about Wester’s views on LGBT issues and contrasted it with those of Pope Francis.
The Article was originally published on New Archdiocese of Santa Fe archbishop ‘A Pope-Francis kind of appointment’.