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Recognize Christ in every immigrant, bishop urges U.S. Catholics
Catholic Online ^ | 6/14/2007 | Michael K. Brown

Posted on 06/15/2007 9:52:56 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

BOISE, Idaho (CNS) – Boise Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, in a pastoral statement on immigration, called on the people and parishes of his diocese "to recognize Christ in the person of every immigrant and to proclaim the church's message of hope and welcome in our local communities."

"I challenge all parishes and individual Catholics to pray for and with all those affected by this (immigration) crisis, to become educated on the reality of immigration in our country, to work for the creation of a just and realistic immigration policy," the bishop wrote.

He issued his pastoral June 4, three days before immigration reform legislation was stalled in the U.S. Senate. A procedural vote intended to bring the bill to a vote failed June 7.

After the vote, Bishop Driscoll urged Catholics in Idaho to write their senators urging them to pass immigration reform legislation.

"As Catholics, we should be supportive of immigration reform," he told the Idaho Catholic Register, the official newspaper of the statewide Boise Diocese.

In his pastoral he said that "for the Catholic Church immigration is not a political issue, but a fundamental moral issue which impacts human rights, human life and human dignity."

"Because of this, we implore our national legislators to reform current immigration policy in a way that protects our national security, respects our common humanity and reflects the principles of justice upon which our country was built," he wrote.

Bishop Driscoll echoed points that had been previously outlined by the U.S. bishops about immigration reform, saying it should include a fair and realistic pathway to citizenship and should allow family members to remain united. He also called for the reform of an employment-based system and due process protection for immigrants.

The bishop acknowledged that the church's teaching "may be at odds" with popular sentiment, but said that Catholic social teaching compels believers to work for change.

But he said, "We stand firmly with our faith tradition which calls us to protect human life and dignity, to serve the poor, the vulnerable and the stranger in our midst and to challenge unjust public policies."

Immigrants have played a key role in the development of this country, Bishop Driscoll said. "From the earliest days, our nation has been a nation of immigrants. ... Yet today, we find ourselves at a critical juncture regarding our openness to newcomers."

"Our common faith in Jesus Christ implores us to 'hunger and thirst for justice' and to 'welcome the strangers' among us as our neighbors," he wrote. "In light of this Gospel mandate, we can do no less! It is my hope, and that of many other people of faith, that our hearts will become more open to the plight of the immigrant and that our elected federal officials will enact comprehensive reforms which are humane, realistic and responsible."

The day after a June 12 immigration raid on a produce plant in Portland, Ore., Archbishop John G. Vlazny of Portland issued a statement calling the action "an affront to a nation whose tradition has always welcomed the stranger in search of the security and livelihood which he cannot find in the country of his origin."

The archbishop noted the stress and turmoil such raids place on the family members of those arrested and encouraged "Catholic parishes and individuals to offer assistance and support to families that have been affected by this raid."

In an article that appeared in the June 4 edition of America magazine, Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, said Americans must embrace each other as brothers and sisters in faith regardless of their ethnic background.

Although he did not take a position on current immigration legislation before Congress, Anderson noted the rising number of Hispanic Catholics in the United States and said that as they "breathe new life into our parish communities" Catholics should help them become assimilated into parishes and communities.

"If we Catholics were to view Hispanic immigrants as brothers and sisters in faith, and if we were to share that vision with the rest of our country we could significantly shape the future of the church, the country, the continent and the hemisphere," he wrote in the national Catholic weekly published by Jesuits.


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; catholics; illegals; immigrantlist; immigration
"I challenge all parishes and individual Catholics to pray for and with all those affected by this (immigration) crisis, to become educated on the reality of immigration in our country, to work for the creation of a just and realistic immigration policy," the bishop wrote.
1 posted on 06/15/2007 9:53:01 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

I agree.....build the fence/wall first and then we’ll talk and be fair to the ILLEGALS....the LEGAL immigrants will be handld first.


2 posted on 06/15/2007 9:55:00 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Suzy Quzy

“breathe new life into our parish communities”

No they take from it by using up services. Does he really think illegals give to the church? They are sending cash back to Mexico by the bundles and not providing any spiritual input.


3 posted on 06/15/2007 9:57:58 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Alex Murphy

It’s nice to see Bishops having the cojones to speak out on political issues, good or bad.


4 posted on 06/15/2007 9:57:58 AM PDT by FremontLives (If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness- Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: Alex Murphy

Christ said, “It’s better to pluck out your eye than to be cast into Hell”. So therefore I hardly think immigration would something Christ would care about, Father Goofusbutt. Quit hiding behind Jesus and mop your own floor!


5 posted on 06/15/2007 9:58:05 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: Alex Murphy
The problem is now is that we are sacrificing our land, homes and medical services to care for blatant lawbreakers. When is it going to be enough?

Bishop, when a thief breaks into your house he is not always looking for food or compassion...


6 posted on 06/15/2007 9:59:25 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Yes the legal immigrants we welcome as fellow American citizens.

In the debate about illegal immigration, the fact that America is the most generous country in the world in terms of LEGAL immigration is never discussed. Instead of getting any credit for the amount of legal immigration that we allow, and the number of refugees we have taken in from various hell holes of the world, we are instead castigated for wanting to do anything about ILLEGAL immigration.

Nothing being discussed would change our system of LEGAL immigration. But the politically correct crowd doesn’t care. It’s shameful.


7 posted on 06/15/2007 9:59:46 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Alex Murphy

This guy is definitely not sounding very sympathetic to the idea that we might well need more Hindus with doctorates, and Pakistani engineers.


9 posted on 06/15/2007 10:00:17 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Resolute Conservative

look...it’s the Christian thing to do...take care of the needy and the poor....that is the CHURCH’s business....


10 posted on 06/15/2007 10:00:20 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Alex Murphy
"to recognize Christ in the person of every immigrant"

Yet another who fails to make a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. (I suspect the bishop is referring to the latter group).

By all means, let us "recognize Christ" in them.

....and then deport 'em en masse.

11 posted on 06/15/2007 10:01:21 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Suzy Quzy
look...it’s the Christian thing to do...take care of the needy and the poor....that is the CHURCH’s business....

Fine. Let the churches in Mexico take care of Mexico's needy and poor.

14 posted on 06/15/2007 10:05:37 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dfwgator

Come on.


15 posted on 06/15/2007 10:08:28 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Suzy Quzy

What’s wrong with what dfwgator said? Those being discussed here are in our country ILLEGALLY! We have no responsibility to take care of them other than making sure that they arrive safely in their home country.

ENFORCE THE LAWS! SECURE THE BORDERS!


16 posted on 06/15/2007 10:14:29 AM PDT by jkl1122
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To: Alex Murphy

"We gringos!"

17 posted on 06/15/2007 10:16:32 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Alex Murphy
When you are standing in line at the DMV and someone tries to butt in, they are told, "Go to the back of the line." This is basic justice here.

As for recognizing Christ in them, Christ isn't in all of them. For those who are true believers, why are they breaking our laws?

I can go along with the pray for all involved statement. That's it.

18 posted on 06/15/2007 10:23:11 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: poobear

Whom are you asking the mod to ban? Sounds like #5 is on your side.

BTW, you might want to not draw attention to yourself with the mods if you resort to namecalling. LOL.


19 posted on 06/15/2007 10:23:30 AM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: darkwing104
The problem is now is that we are sacrificing our land, homes and medical services to care for blatant lawbreakers. When is it going to be enough?

Never. It's Catholic Guilt at its finest. Remember that we obtained our land, homes, and medical services by stealing them from Native Americans, so turnabout is fair play. ;)

20 posted on 06/15/2007 10:30:54 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: kenth

I really don’t care if I draw attention. Maybe you should.


21 posted on 06/15/2007 10:31:33 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
I have Native American Ancestors...


22 posted on 06/15/2007 10:35:55 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
When you are standing in line at the DMV and someone tries to butt in, they are told, "Go to the back of the line." This is basic justice here.

I disagree. There is no "basic justice" in the DMV :)

If there is a Heaven (not that I'm doubting), IMO it's something akin to a 36-hole golf course with a well-stocked Pro shop And if there's a Hell, I'm certain it's like spending the day at the DMV without having the right paperwork.

23 posted on 06/15/2007 10:36:05 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy
it's something akin to a 36-hole golf course with a well-stocked Pro shop

And no water hazards.

24 posted on 06/15/2007 10:36:45 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Alex Murphy
The 'good' bishop is encouraging people to break the law, and to 'bare false witness'. Not to save their lives. Not for freedom of worship. All for 'filthy lucre'. Where is the Christ in that?

Absolutely we should love our neighbors as ourselves; and absolutely God is color blind and blind to nationalities. God trieth and knoweth the hearts ('...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart'.).

But how is it love to encourage people to break the laws? How is it love to effectively penalize those that do obey the laws (e.g., wait in line for years to immigrate legally into the land)?

I have zero respect for pretenders of the faith, no matter what titles they bestow upon themselves, who take what they want out of Scripture to buttress their political arguments - but ignore the Message. Christ is our focus. Not the 'Almighty Dollar'. There is nothing wrong with being poor, and those who have (on their own volition -- not at the end of the taxman's gun) should give to those who have not. But while we sojourn here on the earth -- follow the laws of the land (as long as they don't work contrary to the laws of God). Don't break the laws to gather more 'stuff'...

26 posted on 06/15/2007 10:41:41 AM PDT by El Cid (Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon HIM while HE is near)
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To: Alex Murphy

Boise Bishop Driscoll is one of the worst. I pray that the illegals will start respecting the laws of our country. No amnesty.


27 posted on 06/15/2007 10:47:17 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat (Kyrie Eleison)
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To: poobear
I just didn't know who you thought might need a banning, since just about all agreed with you, including the OP. As for finding your post humorous, it wasn't because of your concerns, just the irony.

BTW, I didn't ask for your posts to be removed. 8-)
28 posted on 06/15/2007 10:55:38 AM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: kenth

“BTW, I didn’t ask for your posts to be removed.” 8-)

Was it?

Sometimes I just get bent out of shape when it comes to these types of threads.

If more of us did, ...


29 posted on 06/15/2007 10:59:00 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: Alex Murphy
"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep" John 10:1-2
30 posted on 06/15/2007 10:59:35 AM PDT by justanotherfreeper
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To: kenth; Admin Moderator

Guess there is a first time for everything at FR.

Could have been worse. (But it won’t)

God love all of us!


31 posted on 06/15/2007 11:02:22 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: kenth; Admin Moderator

Guess there is a first time for everything at FR.

Could have been worse. (But it won’t)

God love all of us!


32 posted on 06/15/2007 11:02:26 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: kenth; Admin Moderator

Guess there is a first time for everything at FR.

Could have been worse. (But it won’t)

God love all of us!


33 posted on 06/15/2007 11:02:37 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: kenth; Admin Moderator

Guess there is a first time for everything at FR.

Could have been worse. (But it won’t)

God love all of us!


34 posted on 06/15/2007 11:02:39 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: Alex Murphy

Fine, but that still doesn’t mean I have to welcome people who came here illegally.


35 posted on 06/15/2007 11:03:58 AM PDT by TBP
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To: poobear; Admin Moderator

Wow! A rare Quad!!!!! Sorry folks! ;D!


36 posted on 06/15/2007 11:04:11 AM PDT by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


37 posted on 06/15/2007 11:15:21 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Alex Murphy
If you aid and abet CRIMINALS, You are a CRIMINAL!
38 posted on 06/15/2007 11:22:01 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Amen!


39 posted on 06/15/2007 11:23:24 AM PDT by jkl1122
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To: Alex Murphy
Recognize nations, bishop.

Christ instituted them at the Tower of Babel.

40 posted on 06/15/2007 11:25:21 AM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: Alex Murphy

ROTFL! Okay, well, I concede that my analogy was less than ideal. LOL!


41 posted on 06/15/2007 12:40:36 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: DoctorJim
1"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber." John 10:1 NIV

42 posted on 06/15/2007 12:40:49 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Alex Murphy
work for the creation of a just and realistic immigration policy," the bishop wrote.

The bill currently dying a slow death in the Senate is not that 'just and realistic' policy.

This is a pretty vanilla statement. Lots of generalities.

I don't know about the bishop, but I'm having a touch of difficulty seeing the face of Christ in the jihadis in our midst who would love nothing more than to convert or kill every resident of the bishop's diocese.

43 posted on 06/15/2007 1:38:45 PM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: siunevada

The Roman bishop of Raleigh, Bp M. Burbidge, recently got on the bandwagon with similar statements re: the “immigration” situation. We have approx 600,000 here in NC, with possible half that number illegals; our crime rates have measurably increased, our school systems are inundated to the point of crisis, medical facilities also overloaded. Who’s paying for all this? Not the RC Church, and that’s a fact. Wonder if there were 12 millions of Anglos here from Canada would the dear NCCB even open its collective mouth. I personally think it ludicris the bishops turn a blind eye/deaf ear to all the violations of the Ten Commandments by the “immigrants” in our midst.


44 posted on 06/15/2007 3:02:24 PM PDT by welsh
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To: Alex Murphy

Recognize Christ?
Sittin on death row as a murderer and rapist?

ok.

No prob.


46 posted on 06/15/2007 3:22:32 PM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Alex Murphy
Boise Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, in a pastoral statement on immigration, called on the people and parishes of his diocese "to recognize Christ in the person of every immigrant"

Then he said something snide and nasty about "rednecks," right?

47 posted on 06/15/2007 3:35:50 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Vayehi kekhalloto ledabber 'et kol-hadevarim ha'elleh, vatibbaqa` ha'adamah 'asher tachteyhem.)
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To: DoctorJim
OK, I should have said Mary and Joseph went to partake in the census while Mary was pregnant with the Christ child. But you get the drift. They were obeying the laws of the land even at a high price to their own well being. Are illegal aliens doing this as Christ would have them? I donÂ’t think so.

Jesus was born when Herod (the earlier Herod) was still alive. We know that Herod died no later than 3 or 4 B.C. Since Jesus was born before this, and also during a significant astronomical phenomenon ("the Star"), He was probably born in what our calendar would mark as 7 B.C.

Luke — and only Luke — claims that Jesus was born during the census of Cyrenius, governor of Syria. This would have been about 6 or 7 A.D., when Jesus was around that "temple incident" age. Luke reports this as part of a collection of details he gathered by asking around the Christian community.

Matthew, by naming Joseph as a descendant of David, invokes Micah 5:2, which is tantamount to claiming that Joseph and Mary were living in Bethlehem (of Judea) at the time. The family moves to Nazareth later and there may have been some confusion as to when they did this.

Mark (6:1) and John (7:41-43) indicate that Jesus was born in Nazareth. Archaeological evidence supports this as well. Because Joseph was from Bethlehem, Jesus' birth could satisfy an interpretation of Micah 5:2, even if He was born in Nazareth. Some people insist that Mary and Joseph hurried back from Bethlehem with the infant leading people to consider Jesus as being from Nazareth.

Maybe they hurried back because when they got to Bethlehem, they discovered there wasn't a census after all ;-).

48 posted on 06/15/2007 7:44:08 PM PDT by Mr. Know It All (Term Limits: Stop us before we vote again!)
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To: DoctorJim

Indeed. Thou shalt not steal.


49 posted on 06/16/2007 8:17:15 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Alex Murphy

Just say NO to Illegal Alien Amnesty!! Keep calling!! It’s NOT OVER!!

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121

White House comments: (202) 456-1111

Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep

Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


50 posted on 06/20/2007 4:39:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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