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President's immigration reform speech a good sign,says US Conference Catholic Bishops migration dir
catholic news agency ^ | July 1 2010 | catholic news agency

Posted on 07/02/2010 9:47:02 PM PDT by NoLibZone

Commenting on President Obama's speech on immigration reform Thursday morning, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops migration director told CNA that the address was a “good sign” that the president is concerned and involved with the issue.

On July 1, President Obama spoke on the need to reform the country's “broken” immigration system, condemning partisanship and stressing the necessity of both parties working together to pass immigration reform. The president also criticized states such as Arizona for taking “ill-conceived” steps in devising their own legislative responses in reforming immigration policies.

Although the speech was received by the media with mixed reactions– including some commentators saying that the president addressed nothing new in his talk – USCCB director Migration and Public Affairs Kevin Appleby said that the address was important, since “without presidential leadership, immigration reform is not going to happen.”

“It was a good sign that the president did a high profile speech laying out the administration's view on this,” Appleby said during a phone interview on Thursday, adding that “it is a major issue on his agenda that needs to be examined.”

President Obama, he asserted, is “not going to shy away from this issue while many in Washington want to not take it up.”

During his speech, the president also “made a lot of references to the faith community and faith leaders being important,” Appleby noted. The speech was attended by about 250 people, including a Methodist bishop and several evangelical leaders.

Speaking on the U.S. bishops' perspective on immigration reform, Appleby said that “at this point the bishops and the president are very close in their viewpoint.”

“Certainly they might differ on the details, especially on enforcement, but I think by and large,” the president's speech “was an affirmation of where the Church is.”

When asked what the U.S. bishops' concerns are regarding immigration reform, Appleby listed “bringing people out of the shadows” for legalization, due process issues, and exploring underlying push factors for why people are immigrating to the U.S. in the first place as some of the major points.

Ultimately, the “Catholic community is key” to reform efforts, said Appleby. “Whether you agree or disagree with what the law says, there are people that are desperate and in need of assistance.”

For Catholics to understand the need for solidarity with immigrants is an “important message,” he concluded.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; illegals; immigration; invasion; passtheplate; sillychurches

1 posted on 07/02/2010 9:47:10 PM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Are you and the Catholic Church pimping for amnesty? Or are you just pimping amnesty web sites?


2 posted on 07/02/2010 9:48:03 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: NoLibZone

Speaking on the U.S. bishops’ perspective on immigration reform, Appleby said that “at this point the bishops and the president are very close in their viewpoint.”


3 posted on 07/02/2010 9:50:07 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: NoLibZone

The Catholic church needs to fix a few of it’s other issues. Like harboring pedophiles.


4 posted on 07/02/2010 9:50:47 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: NoLibZone

Delusional


5 posted on 07/02/2010 9:51:11 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


6 posted on 07/02/2010 9:51:31 PM PDT by HiJinx (John 10:1 - He who enters not by the gate...)
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To: NoLibZone

Catholic Bishops want to keep the illegals here from Mexico because 99% of them are Catholic and they fill the church coffers on Sunday. That makes up for the lost revenue caused by the mass exodus out of the church over the “pedophile priests” scandal.


7 posted on 07/02/2010 9:52:06 PM PDT by no dems (Palin/Jindal in 2012 or Jindal/Palin in 2012. Either is fine with me.)
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To: NoLibZone

Strip the Catholic church of their tax exempt status and arrest any of them that are harboring criminal and illegals!


8 posted on 07/02/2010 9:55:44 PM PDT by dalereed (in)
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To: NoLibZone

Didn’t the Catholic Church say the same thing when Hitler was coming to power?


9 posted on 07/02/2010 9:56:59 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: NoLibZone
Alright! I'm joining the Lutheran Church!

As a 60 year old Catholic, that isn't easy to say!

10 posted on 07/02/2010 10:00:04 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Bushbacker1

Stop making donations and tell them why.


11 posted on 07/02/2010 10:09:33 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: sailor4321

Bet the idea of migration would skid to a halt if the Muslims decided to migrate to the Vatican.


12 posted on 07/02/2010 10:14:04 PM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: NoLibZone

These guys are clearly anti-American and the US Taxpayers should reconsider their exemptions.


13 posted on 07/02/2010 10:14:59 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, Uss Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: Mariner

“These guys are clearly anti-American and the US Taxpayers should reconsider their exemptions.”

I agree with you 100% - and I’m Roman Catholic.


14 posted on 07/02/2010 10:55:06 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: doc1019
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15 posted on 07/02/2010 11:44:13 PM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: NoLibZone
For Catholics to understand the need for solidarity with immigrants is an “important message,” he concluded.

Immigrants = Illegal Aliens

The last time I checked aiding and abetting a criminal or criminals will get you some jail time.

I assume that law applies to both bishops and laypersons.

16 posted on 07/02/2010 11:54:13 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: NoLibZone

It’s a good sign alright, a sign that Bozo is completely off his frickin’ rocker.


17 posted on 07/03/2010 12:30:07 AM PDT by calex59
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To: plinyelder
That's a dirty lie. If you are a reputable member of Free Republic, I ask you to provide your sources for this slander.

This thread pertains to the Conference of Catholic Bishops slobbering over Obama's deceitful immigration speech. These bishops are Liberals, which means they are Liberals first, and Catholic very, very, very distant 2nd.

It is a challenge for we faithful, Constitutional Catholics to abide these Progressives in the clergy. There are great and holy members of the clergy who do not ascribe to the Democratic Party platform.

But as a faithful Catholic, I will not abide your slandering the holy man Pope Pius XII. And I will respond to you with facts.
18 posted on 07/03/2010 1:06:00 AM PDT by jobim
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To: jobim

And so what if the Roman church has stuck its foot in it politically from time to time, and still does today (there’s no right wing or centrist alternative to the USCCB is there?). It isn’t a political institution, it’s a religious institution. It should quit being full of itself and learn something from history about how not to get burned.


19 posted on 07/03/2010 1:31:55 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: jobim
It is not my job to track down 'anything' for you.
All I have done is grab some pictures .. (which speak for themselves), from Google.
Since you like denying what your own eyes see .. Here's another 'Lie' for you to cry about!

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20 posted on 07/03/2010 1:31:55 AM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: jobim
Never read it myself but since you seem to want me to run around, doing the dirty work and finding 'proof' of the Catholic Churches involvement in the Hitler Regime .. maybe you'd like to pick up this book?

HITLERS PRIESTS

Oh yes .. another picture for you to ponder .. while reading?


21 posted on 07/03/2010 1:50:43 AM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: plinyelder

If Roman bigwigs made kissy face with Hitler (in his early years, before it was perfectly clear he was a monster) that’s still not as stupid as when Pope Paul kissed a Koran. You can misjudge where a budding politician is headed; but there’s no way to misjudge the aspirations of Islam.


22 posted on 07/03/2010 1:57:10 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: jobim
I don't know what this site is or how/if they are connected to the Catholic Church 'but' .. there is some interesting reading there and I must warn you .. It ain't all good!
CONCORDATWATCH

23 posted on 07/03/2010 2:03:05 AM PDT by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: dalereed

” Strip the Catholic church of their tax exempt status and arrest any of them that are harboring criminal and illegals!”

I agree, and arrest Obama for “deriliction of duty” as CIC!


24 posted on 07/03/2010 8:05:59 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our Troops, and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: NoLibZone

Pandering to illegal South American Catholic invaders, along with the funny priests scandal is a serious flaw with the Catholic Church.

Mainstream Christian Churches are betraying their congregations and their country with their politically correct garbage, driving more and more Christians AWAY from churches w at THE VERY TIME they should be marshaling support against ISLAM.

This is betrayal at the highest levels of Christiandom!!


25 posted on 07/03/2010 8:10:05 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: ZULU

You mistake political correctness with the 600 year goal of the pope to conquer the New World. He does not consider the national boundries to be “settled”

Weak Spanish kings fumbled his ball. He has picked it up and sees daylight toward the end zone and is running as hard as he can and has the whole Democrat party and half of the Republicans blocking for him.


26 posted on 07/03/2010 8:19:07 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... The winds of war are freshening)
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To: ZULU

You mistake political correctness with the 600 year goal of the pope to conquer the New World. He does not consider the national boundaries to be “settled”

Weak Spanish kings fumbled his ball. He has picked it up and sees daylight toward the end zone and is running as hard as he can and has the whole Democrat party and half of the Republicans blocking for him.


27 posted on 07/03/2010 8:19:18 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... The winds of war are freshening)
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To: pacpam

What’s amazing to me is the failure of the Church to realize, if only by looking at the Hagia Sophia in Byzantium, that is exactly what the muzzies intend ...


28 posted on 07/03/2010 2:41:25 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: NoLibZone; Frantzie

I’ll add this tidbit to the countless hundreds of reasons I left the Catholic Religion many years ago.


29 posted on 07/04/2010 8:09:38 AM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: plinyelder
The site you linked looks to be an in-depth anti-Catholic smorgaasboard. My heart sinks, knowing that I would practically need to quit my job and write rebuttals full-time. In my quick review, I see they link "Hitler's Pope" by the Englishman Cornwall, a work that is riddled with untruth, as exhaustively compiled by several writers.

I won't take on the great task of refuting this site, but I will make the general statement that the current pope is a true friend to constitutional government. No one in the world today expresses the twin fundamental problems we are facing, the Islamist and secular humanist juggernauts, with more precision than the pope.
30 posted on 07/04/2010 10:51:22 AM PDT by jobim
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To: jobim

Thank-you, I do not feel alone as a Catholic who believes in the importance of the USA Constitution.


31 posted on 07/05/2010 7:21:02 AM PDT by Biggirl (AZ Is DOING THE JOB The Feds Should Be Doing, ENFORCING The Southern Border! =^..^=)
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To: bert

For now, until November 2, 2010 and November 2012, which will be BIG WAKE UP CALLS.


32 posted on 07/05/2010 7:25:47 AM PDT by Biggirl (AZ Is DOING THE JOB The Feds Should Be Doing, ENFORCING The Southern Border! =^..^=)
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