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Catholic bishop calls for new thinking on illegal immigration
Spero News ^ | June 02, 2010 | Spero News

Posted on 06/02/2010 7:48:49 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

The starting point for ministering to migrants, refugees, trafficked persons is to understand their situation and all its components, personal, social, economic, political in the light of God’s Word and to recognize its commitment to get involved. Naturally it also has to address those factors that cause their uprootedness. In this commitment the Church is guided by the “permanent principles” of its “social doctrine [that] constitute the very heart of Catholic social teaching.”

So said the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, in his opening speech at the Regional Consultation of the American Bishops' Conferences on Migration being held in Washington, DC, June 2-4, on the theme: Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice. The Consultation is focusing on responding better to the needs of migrants and refugees in the Americas, confronting the deeper causes of migration through a more efficient coordination of services, pastoral care, and advocacy policies.

Archbishop Veglio pointed out that the United States is home to 38 million immigrants and “the USA has been shaped by the efforts of migrants, in former days but also nowadays. Many immigrants arrive to the U.S. with economic goals, expectations and their contribution. Migrants have become essential for the US economy. They make up a large part of the national workforce.” However the changes seen in society - the rapid growth in the Spanish language spoken in the churches, pastoral work that largely depends on foreign priests, the concentration of ethnic restaurants in a given area - “do not reflect an increased acceptance of “otherness” and a willingness to a mutual - reciprocal change. A change in the person arriving, but also a modification in the receiving society.”

Referring to the issue of undocumented immigrants, the Archbishop explained that many of them “have been living in the country for years, working and contributing to the economy and the social security system. The number of deportations in 2008 surpassed 350,000 people, and “one of the not foreseen results in Central America has been the increase of gang-based violence by youngsters. The children of immigrants, who have been raised in the US, the only country they really know, see their future threatened by not being able to continue their studies. The Church supports them through the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), working for the regularization of the approximately 12 million undocumented migrants.

However, Archbishop Veglio said, this should be united to immigration reform and in order to achieve this, the necessary political will is required to address humanely undocumented migration. Over the last thirty years more than 2 million refugees were allowed to settle, spontaneously or in a resettlement process, in the USA. The Reception and Placement Programs of the Department of State supports them for a relatively short time, with a one-time grant, the Archbishop said.

After this, according to the archbishop, illegal immigrants are considered to have become sufficiently integrated to take care of themselves and be self-sufficient. It is more than evident that this does not work. They lack sufficient support.

Many end up with hardly any money left after paying their rent and will join the American poor and end up in the same situation. "One has to note that the process of resettlement cannot be the same for each individual or for each community. In order to be realistic, one has to take into account the unique needs and experiences of the individual, which will result in different programs, also with a request for a different and, most probably, a longer period of support. This should lead to self-sufficiency, employment and in the end integration in the country to become participants in society."”

Archbishop Veglio referred to the drama of human trafficking that is present in almost every country, whether it is sexual exploitation, forced labor or bonded labor, child soldiers, or abusive ways of adoption. The Archbishop continued, “The root causes of trafficking are not just poverty and unemployment in developing countries. The demand for cheap labor, low priced products or 'exotic or unusual sex' is also a root cause of trafficking than must be addressed. The different forms of trafficking constitute human rights violations, which demand distinct approaches and measures in order to restore the dignity of the victims.”

A new form of displacement is now on its way, Archbishop Veglio said, “People are moving away, since they can no longer make a living as a results of desertification and growing water scarcity, increasing sea-levels and 'salinization' of agricultural land. Climate change is also increasingly causing natural disasters, like flooding and storms. As a result, conflicts over resources increase. This new form of displacement will have enormous consequences for decades to come. The frequently cited and accepted estimates of 200 million climate-induced displaced persons by 2050 indicate the gigantic dimensions of the problem, said the archbishop. Human migration will undoubtedly be one of the most significant consequences of the change in climate, he said.

In concluding his address, Archbishop Veglio recalled how the Church and dioceses have been active in this area, promoting a series of projects, activities, etc. This is why “the risk exists that we are so much taken up by our involvement that we just perceive those in migration as work, cases or a job.”

“Hospitality can protect us from such behavior. Hospitality is not so much a task as a way of living our lives and of sharing...Welcome, compassion and equal treatment are all part of an appropriate Christian response, which will break down social barriers. It is a response to the needs of persons, but also a recognition of their worth and common humanity.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: aliens; catholic; freformed
....the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, in his opening speech at the Regional Consultation of the American Bishops' Conferences on Migration being held in Washington, DC, June 2-4, on the theme: Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice....

....Referring to the issue of undocumented immigrants, the Archbishop explained that many of them “have been living in the country for years, working and contributing to the economy and the social security system...The children of immigrants, who have been raised in the US, the only country they really know, see their future threatened by not being able to continue their studies. The Church supports them through the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), working for the regularization of the approximately 12 million undocumented migrants. However, Archbishop Veglio said, this should be united to immigration reform and in order to achieve this, the necessary political will is required to address humanely undocumented migration....

....A new form of displacement is now on its way, Archbishop Veglio said, “People are moving away, since they can no longer make a living as a results of desertification and growing water scarcity, increasing sea-levels and 'salinization' of agricultural land. Climate change is also increasingly causing natural disasters, like flooding and storms. As a result, conflicts over resources increase. This new form of displacement will have enormous consequences for decades to come. The frequently cited and accepted estimates of 200 million climate-induced displaced persons by 2050 indicate the gigantic dimensions of the problem, said the archbishop. Human migration will undoubtedly be one of the most significant consequences of the change in climate, he said.

1 posted on 06/02/2010 7:48:50 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Illegal is illegal! Get out and enter LEGALLY and via the same process as the rest of us. I’m tired of articles with “fresh, new” approaches to this issue.


2 posted on 06/02/2010 7:51:25 AM PDT by albie
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To: Alex Murphy

Yes, our priest has started up on this again also. The good news is that the diocese has dumped the “healthcare is a basic human right” mantra.


3 posted on 06/02/2010 7:53:50 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Alex Murphy
President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio,

This guy is smoking the same crack pipe as Marx, Lenin, Gore & 0bama.

He needs to seek the face of YHvH in His Holy Word.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
4 posted on 06/02/2010 7:54:03 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Why am I not surprised that the Church allows this man to take political positions and repeat lies.


5 posted on 06/02/2010 7:54:17 AM PDT by dila813
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To: Alex Murphy

American Catholicism = Socialism and Open Borders


6 posted on 06/02/2010 7:58:49 AM PDT by ikka
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To: Alex Murphy

So in the eyes of the Catholic church it is OK to break the Law??? How about someone robbing the church?


7 posted on 06/02/2010 8:01:49 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Alex Murphy

Catholic Legal Immigration Network
http://www.cliniclegal.org/
In 1988, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) established CLINIC as a legally distinct 501(c)(3) organization to support a rapidly growing network of community-based immigration programs. CLINIC’s network originally comprised 17 programs. It has since increased to more than 185 diocesan and other affiliated immigration programs with 290 field offices in 48 states. The network employs roughly 1,200 attorneys and “accredited” paralegals who, in turn, serve 600,000 low-income immigrants each year. CLINIC and its member agencies represent low-income immigrants without reference to their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, or other distinguishing characteristics.


8 posted on 06/02/2010 8:01:54 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Alex Murphy

USCCB Migration Chairman Decrys Arizona Law
http://www.cliniclegal.org/news/1004/usccb-migration-chairman-decrys-arizona-law
WASHINGTON, DC— In solidarity with the Catholic bishops of Arizona, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, issued a statement April 27, opposing the enactment and implementation of Arizona SB 1070, which criminalizes undocumented immigrants.

“This new law, although limited to the State of Arizona, could have impact throughout the nation, in terms of how members of our immigrant communities are both perceived and treated,” Bishop Wester said in the statement. “SB 1070 gives law enforcement officials powers to detain and arrest individuals based on a very low legal standard, possibly leading to the profiling of individuals based upon their appearance, manner of speaking, or ethnicity.”

Bishop Wester called SB 1070 “symptomatic of the absence of federal leadership on the issue of immigration” and called for “the Administration and Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to enact comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.”


9 posted on 06/02/2010 8:02:35 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: albie
Illegal is illegal!

Rodger that!

What ever happened to "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's"? (Mark 12:17)

We should not have a public official of the church encouraging people to break the law.

10 posted on 06/02/2010 8:26:12 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: Cheetahcat

If the Catholic Church wasn’t constantly encouraging people to have babies early and often, with total disregard for whether they have any means to support them, there would be many millions fewer economically desperate people trying to swarm into the US from Latin America. I’m really tired of hearing sob stories about how 20-something-year-old so-and-so simply had to come to the US illegally to find work to support his 5 children. The Catholic Church isn’t interested in supporting all these children — but lectures the rest of us about how we need to be “humane” and let them all live and work here and send their hordes of children to the public schools that WE are forced to pay for.


11 posted on 06/02/2010 8:45:31 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker
If the Catholic Church wasn’t constantly encouraging people to have babies early and often, with total disregard for whether they have any means to support them, there would be many millions fewer economically desperate people trying to swarm into the US from Latin America.

You overestimate the influence of the Catholic Church in Latin America, and you conveniently leave out the fact that if whites didn't follow the siren song of the culture of death, there would be the children to fill all those jobs that the illegals are taking advantage of.

12 posted on 06/02/2010 8:51:34 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

We’ve got plenty of native-born Americans available to fill those jobs. Just cut off their welfare checks, food stamps, and Section 8 vouchers, and they’ll be lining up for all the low-skilled jobs that illegals are taking.


13 posted on 06/02/2010 8:56:43 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!

Church thought...


14 posted on 06/02/2010 9:24:53 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ SEIU Supports the Slave Trade ~)
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To: Alex Murphy

File RICO charges against the church!!!!


15 posted on 06/02/2010 9:27:35 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: goodwithagun
...diocese has dumped the “healthcare is a basic human right” mantra.

That's only because the bill was passed. Let's see what they say when a repeal bill comes up.

16 posted on 06/02/2010 9:34:05 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Alex Murphy

There is NO Biblical command to help criminals continue their criminal acts. The Christian response is to urge them to repent and stop their criminal activity. The Church should then help the repentant return to where they belong.


17 posted on 06/02/2010 10:06:55 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Alex Murphy
Welcome, compassion and equal treatment are all part of an appropriate Christian response, which will break down social barriers.

How about these Bishops staying the hell away from politics and cease making flakey statements? The drug gangs don't WANT to break down social barriers and integrate. They want to devour us!

If the Catholic Church had been doing its job in transforming its flock spiritually, they would be successful in their own countries. Why are so many predominantly Catholic countries so politically backward? So economically stifled? So corrupt?. Why has Catholic culture produced no John Stuart Mills, no Adam Smiths, no Lord Chesterfields? Instead, we get dreamers, utopian socialists (Rosseau and Voltaire), and finally 'Liberation Theology'.

OK, I know I've been very hard on the RCC, but use reason if you are offended. I do not hate Catholics, and am not trying to initiate a flame war. It is right to get on one's knees before God, but also necessary to stand and face the real world, learn its laws and act accordingly. As distinguished from merely hoping for something miraculous, embracing bs utopian ideals, or expecting successful countries to cure the cesspool these immigrants crawl out of.

Jesus, forgive me if I have misspoken, but this is what I really feel (and not the words of one who kneels).

18 posted on 06/02/2010 10:41:20 AM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (BORDERS, LAWS and LANGUAGE)
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To: Alex Murphy

By posting articles such as this, in my opinion, you put yourself in the same category as many northeasterners who posted signs:

No Irish Need Apply.

No Catholics Need Apply.

No Blacks need Apply.


19 posted on 06/02/2010 10:59:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SUSSA

That is how I would expect the Church to spend God’s money, doing God’s work and not the Devil’s.


20 posted on 06/02/2010 11:01:22 AM PDT by dila813
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To: Cheetahcat

This is not a matter of faith or morals and, like the death penalty, taking a contrary position does not jeapordize your soul or your standing in the Church. Liberation Theology attempts to meld Catholicism with Marxism and it looks like its adherents have embraced open borders.


21 posted on 06/02/2010 11:18:44 AM PDT by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice in these troubled times.)
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To: Salvation
By posting articles such as this, in my opinion, you put yourself in the same category as many northeasterners who posted signs:

No Irish Need Apply.
No Catholics Need Apply.
No Blacks need Apply.

By posting it, I didn't add or alter any of the content from the original Spero News article. Do you disapprove of the "citizen journalist" approach of Spero News? Why do you think the staff at Spero News chose to write and publish the article? Why do you think Stephanie Block at Spero News chose to write How to Train Catholic Citizens to Elect Morally-Perverted Catholic Politicians, which I posted yesterday? What are your opinions regarding immigration laws in the United States? Do you agree with the bishop(s) in the call for "comprehensive immigration reform"?

Why discuss your opinions on the content of the article itself, instead of discussing your opinions of my presumed posting habits? Or does the below sign reflect your opinion?

No Protestants Need Apply, or Need Post.

22 posted on 06/02/2010 11:35:53 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: ARepublicanForAllReasons
If the Catholic Church had been doing its job in transforming its flock spiritually, they would be successful in their own countries.

You make an interesting point.

We are told elsewhere that approximately one in five Americans are Catholic, that one in three Americans were raised in Catholic homes, and that the Catholic Church represents the single largest religious body in the United States. If all of that is true, what does that say about why America's in the state that it's in?

23 posted on 06/02/2010 11:45:04 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (....just doing the job(s) that Catholics refuse to do....)
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To: ARepublicanForAllReasons
If the Catholic Church had been doing its job in transforming its flock spiritually, they would be successful in their own countries.

You make an interesting point.

We are told elsewhere that approximately one in five Americans are Catholic, that one in three Americans were raised in Catholic homes, and that the Catholic Church represents the single largest religious body in the United States. If all of that is true, what does that say about why America's in the state that it's in?

24 posted on 06/02/2010 11:45:05 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (....just doing the job(s) that Catholics refuse to do....)
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To: Alex Murphy
what does that say about why America's in the state that it's in?

I am not for putting the bulk of the blame on Catholics, or the RCC. Or even a big share. But the Church has been infiltrated without a doubt. And Catholic Bishops and Nuns have re-interpreted the mission of the Church to their liking.

I was raised Protestant (Methodist), but I always learned that Nuns were supposed to be non-worldly. Until I met a former Nun who was a dope-smoking, socialist lesbian. Many like her stay in the Church and use their sanctified moral status as a tool towards every radical leftist goal.

In the USA, Catholics generally used to think much like anyone else, but there has always been a pro-worker, socialist movement within the Church. Yet you find the same thing in Protestant churches, particularly in the Methodist church in which I was raised. You also find socialism spouted by atheists, RINOs (think RNC), big banking elites, some scientific organizations and publications, and so on. So it's not only the Catholic Church that is to blame. We, as a culture of self-reliant individualists, are failing, and the siren call of socialism appeals to every weakness in the American psyche.

Again, I want to stress to all here that I don't see Catholics as enemies, or the Catholic Church being any more 'guilty' of cultural betrayal than any other organization with the same baggage. As I said above, you find this baggage even in the RNC.

25 posted on 06/02/2010 12:08:41 PM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (BORDERS, LAWS and LANGUAGE)
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To: Alex Murphy
It does not seem like it would be advantageous for the Roman Catholic church to become known by the general public as active supporters of illegal immigration.

I think a tidal wave of backlash on illegal immigration is coming (along with a backlash on many other things), and those who actively and publicly support it will be significantly impacted in a negative way.

26 posted on 06/02/2010 4:46:14 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: Cheetahcat
So in the eyes of the Catholic church it is OK to break the Law?

In a word, NO.

27 posted on 06/03/2010 9:04:33 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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