Archbishop: Congress must pass immigration reform

  • Article by: John C. Nienstedt
  • Updated: September 5, 2013 - 9:36 PM

The Catholic Church in Minnesota and, indeed, around the United States, is deeply concerned about our nation’s immigration policy. It is inconsistent and ineffective, and it does not promote the common good.

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jmfay3Sep. 5, 1310:00 PM

We are so happy to see the Catholic Church with their history of not dealing with Priests abusing children is so concerned with illegals that they want to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Are you aware of how many Americans are on food stamps? Live in poverty? One pay cheque away from being homeless? etc? Try 50 million plus with the total population of this country of 315 million? How many more people are we able to take in who dont speak English? who have low skills? who have huge families? etc with a 17 trillion dollar national debt and over 20 million of our own who need a job, more hours, and certainly better pay! Charity begins at home. Past time you looked to your own backyard and find the Americans in need before you help illegals out. We doubt you have to look too far to find them because this recession has put alot of people on the poverty line with no light at the end of the tunnel either.

twspt7Sep. 6, 13 5:01 AM

The Archbishop makes many good points here concerning immigration. One does have to wonder at the his motivation for coming out so strongly for immigration reform at this time, however. It would be easy to suspect Nienstadt of political grandstanding for the new Hispanic Pope in Rome, much as his divisive campaign in favor of the failed marriage amendment could be viewed as a vehicle to prove his conservative bona fides to the previous, arch-conservative Pope, Benedict XVI. One would like to think better of the Archbishop than as merely a man angling for his own ascendancy with his forays into the political arena.

wa0tdaSep. 6, 13 5:27 AM

There is little hope that Congress will do anything, given the current push toward another war of choice that could easily spiral into a regional conflict costing many lives and billions of (borrowed) dollars. Even aside from this distraction, good legislation is not something to expect from this Congress because of the deep division in the GOP between more or less rational members and TEA Party ideologues with a simplistic worldview.

kinnickSep. 6, 13 5:30 AM

What is the religion of most Mexicans? Right Catholic! Where was the concern for the Jews turned away during W.W.11?? Da.

alcibusSep. 6, 13 6:27 AM

I agree that charity begins at home, and to that point so does the Catholic Church in Her teachings concerning solidarity. Now to this point Catholic Charities, which is one of the largest if not the largest non-profit provider of social services, helps the destitute and impoverished people in our nation. As for why they help both illegal immigrants and people originally from here I will merely cite the foundation for the Corporal Works of Mercy. Then the king will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?" And the king will say to them in reply, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Mathew 25:34-40 I don't see any distinction being made between legal and illegal here... do you?

pumiceSep. 6, 13 7:06 AM

Re: "I don't see any distinction being made between legal and illegal [immigration in Mathew 25:34-40]... do you?" Consider the source, alcibus--the same crew which regularly lambastes Catholics for being selective in the Cafeteria of Morality is taking another turn at being selective in the Cafeteria of Morality.

SwiftBoatSep. 6, 13 7:12 AM

SO, we give citizenship to 10+ million illegals. That gives them the right to vote AND legally own firearms. Right? The NRA better start learning Spanish.

alcibusSep. 6, 13 7:22 AM

@ Pumice: I suppose you're right (assuming that I understood you correctly). I just grow weary of the anti-Catholic sentiments and bigotry in this nation. Certainly the Church can be criticized for its failings, and I would say that Justice would even demand it, nevertheless people should at least make sure their statements are accurate.

sausageSep. 6, 13 7:35 AM

With this statement the church is now a PAC (Political Action Committee). Now we can tax the Catholic church.

EleanoreSep. 6, 13 7:44 AM

Sorry, no amnesty for the lawless not of good character. But we do have a lovely new tax obligation for your church thanks to statements like this.


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