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Bishop blesses immigration-reform marchers

Catholic World News - August 13, 2013

Bishop Jaime Soto blessed immigration-reform marchers at a Sacramento parish on August 11.

“Chanting ‘sí se puede!’ – ‘Yes we can!’ – with their fists and hands raised high, 1,000 people packed Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Sunday to cheer 11 pilgrims who will march 285 miles from Sacramento to Bakersfield calling for a change to immigration law,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

“Our hope and our faith in immigration reform has always been inspired by our faith in human dignity and the word of God and God’s strength, wisdom, and overwhelming charity,” said Bishop Soto.

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  • Posted by: dagbat - Aug. 14, 2013 1:06 AM ET USA

    What specifically does the Church mean by immigration reform and how is this related to the Church's moral principal of human dignity? Better wages, improved living conditions? If so then why isn't the Church just as vocal about the even worse conditions and plight of inner city blacks who must additionally contend with rampant crime, drugs, killings, and unemployment. The Church would do well to stay out of politics (immigration reform) and stick to the purely moral principals that the Church was founded on (such as the right of all people, as children of God, to be treated with dignity and to be able to live in conditions that respect their humanity).

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Aug. 13, 2013 8:50 AM ET USA

    Would that our bishops were as visible and expansive in the campaign that opposes legalized abortion. Of course, in the battle against killing the innocent, there won't be any political party cheering them on, hardly a soul to say how fine and decent their action is; they might even risk doing jail time.

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