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Bishops celebrate Mass at Capitol Hill, press for immigration reform

May 30, 2014

Bishops who serve on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration celebrated a Mass for immigrants and their families at a Capitol Hill parish on May 29.

Approximately 75 people attended the Mass. Among them, according to the National Catholic Reporter, was White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

“Our immigration system is a stain on the soul of our nation,” preached Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami. “As a moral matter, it must be changed. We must pray that our elected officials recognize this and have the courage to reform it.”

Following the Mass, the bishops held a press conference and “planned to visit several members of the House of Representatives, including House Speaker John Boehner, to urge them to consider immigration reform legislation as soon as possible,” according to the USCCB.


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - May. 30, 2014 7:35 PM ET USA

    As Abp Gomez has often said, any foreign national with a million bucks to invest can get in here anytime, but the poor guy has to wait in line or wade the line. Still, if we open the floodgates or legalize those already here so they can become citizens, the Democrats, who are now overtly anti-Catholic and anti-Christian, will maintain hegemony and inflict more abominations on the country and the Church. A little like that old machine that, when you turned it on, poked out an arm and turned off

  • Posted by: Savonarola - May. 30, 2014 6:24 PM ET USA

    Lack of prudence on the part of the bishops on this largely political issue, again.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 30, 2014 6:52 AM ET USA

    It is objectionable to use the Mass as a platform to promote a specific political policy. The bishops are entitled to their personal political opinion, but when the morality of a specific policy is debatable (something that can't be said, for example, about abortion, euthanasia, or aggressive war), the use of religious rites, especially the Mass, to promote that opinion is wrong. That is exactly what happened here