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Vatican newspaper backs US bishops' bid to keep immigrant families together

August 02, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has noted with approval the drive by the US Catholic bishops to keep together the families of illegal immigrants.

L’Osservatore Romano reports that the American bishops, with their support for the Help Separated Families Act, are seeking to “prevent traumatic moments” that arise when some members of a family are deported because of their illegal status, while others remain in the US. The goal, the Vatican paper observes, is to preserve family unity and parental rights.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 04, 2012 3:33 PM ET USA

    No one wants to draw attention to the fact that the Church since the Middle Ages has frequently desired "power" which is not her own. These sins often provoke civil rulers to unjust persecution. One sin, of course, never justifies another. As Catholics we should stop "looking" to the Federal Government for "rights and privilieges." A man who is truly free can never again be enslaved. Let us excercise that freedom "within" for the healing of our own Church realizing that is primary.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Aug. 03, 2012 6:40 AM ET USA

    To borrow a GOP anachronym, there are Catholics and then there are Catholics in name only -- CINOs. President Obama hates the Roman Catholic Church. Just as leaders in Mexico, Cuba, Russia (to name a few) marginalized the Catholic Church, Obama is doing his best to take away the church's power. If Catholics let this happen, they have only themselves to blame. The church will not die, though, because we have a higher power. The Holy Spirit will ensure that the church survives throughout eternity.