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Archbishop Gomez: Pope Francis may weigh in on immigration reform

Catholic World News - March 26, 2013

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, who joined 14 other religious leaders in a recent meeting with President Barack Obama on immigration reform, has told the Fides news agency that Pope Francis may weigh in on the issue.

Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reported:

"Two weeks ago there was a meeting of all the dioceses of Southern California, where it was agreed that, once a law passes, support will be given to all those who want to apply it," said Mgr. Gomez in a letter sent to Fides. The archbishop also made the comment on the possibility that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first American Pope in history, wants to show his support for the reform before the politicians in Washington, DC.

“Our new Pope is an immigrant’s son,” Archbishop Gomez noted in a March 19 address at the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Los Angeles. “This is also something new for a Pope in modern times. His father was a railroad worker who came to Argentina from Italy seeking a better life. What a great story! The son of a humble immigrant grows up to become the spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics in every continent and nation! Doesn’t that say it all about the promise of immigration?”

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  • Posted by: ColmCille - Mar. 26, 2013 6:18 PM ET USA

    There's a big difference between legal immigrants and illegal ones. We can't just allow illegals to flood in and treat them as citizens. Yet, we must show basic Christian charity, understanding that many of them are coming from desperate situations. We can't refuse their basic needs because they're illegals. We need a solution that protects our borders AND people. The pope doesn't know the situation here, so I doubt he has the answer, which is a prudential judgment to be made by Americans.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Mar. 26, 2013 11:22 AM ET USA

    Would be interesting to know if Pope Francis's father was a legal immigrant to Argentina, or if he snuck in as an undocumented democrat. Would also be interesting to know if the Church still believes that ALL authority on earth comes from God, and therefore the temporal authorities have a legal and moral right to control immigration into their countries.

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