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  • Concord Mike
    October 22, 2013 Reply

    A fine article. Would have been even better if it had acknowledged the legitimate concerns Americans have about border security. America needs both a wide and welcoming gate and a secure fence.

  • Amen OVOH
    October 27, 2013 Reply

    I am Amen Ovoh, a Togolese, a religious friar of the Order of Servants of Mary. I will like to ask if possible, one summer pastoral experience in your diocese. I will be very glad if my request meet your expectation. I am in France, waiting for my first year Theology classes. I can speak English and French very fluently
    God Bless You yours Eminence
    Amen Ovoh, OSM

  • Rick
    October 30, 2013 Reply

    I’m still not sure why the Catholic Church is in favor of illegal immigration. The people you are referring to are breaking the law. They are not “immigrants” in the traditional sense. They are illegal aliens. Pushing for amnesty for these people is just wrongheaded and encourages lawlessness. I don’t favor mistreating illegal aliens, but I do think that for the good of the country, they should be sent back to their own countries where they can apply to immigrate legally, just like my ancestors did. The Catholic church should not be promoting crime, which is what this article is doing.

  • Michael from NJ
    October 30, 2013 Reply

    Losing my faith quickly dealing with the Church’s position on this issue.
    I am sadly, losing faith in my Church. This is a political issue, that I find is separating rather than consolidating my Parish. Why would the Church look to usurp standing law for a purely political endeavor. This is not a case of charity and caring. It is purely politically driven and for what goal? Non emergency, government provided anything, is not charity, rather, only a road to indifference, apathy and malaise. How is this policy good for all of the Church and it’s current Parish members? Does the Church believe 12 million people would join the Church? And that they would provide positive attendance, donations and perform charitable work? I work hard to be humble. I am not a racist, bigot or any other name.
    I give to, and have fought for my faith. I have tried to fight the good fight. I have taken many arrows and produced sweat for charitable causes. But. I am about done. And I don’t think I’m alone. What type of guidance can be given to us who feel betrayed?

  • Anna
    November 7, 2013 Reply

    Welcoming Newcomers? YES! Providing a “path” to those who willfully break the law? NO! The path that currently exists allows for true immigrants to enter this country through a system designed to welcome them as future citizens. Immigration Reform combines two issues; social concern and political gain, and should therefore, be considered separately and be carefully examined by the Catholic Church whose mission is to promote the dignity of human life among all people. Helping people gain access to a better life in the US is our goal as Catholics. Gaining political ground is not.

 

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