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US bishops announce massive postcard campaign for immigration reform

Catholic World News - January 07, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a massive postcard campaign to encourage Congress to enact immigration reform. At least 1.5 million postcards are expected to be distributed-- 300,000 of them in Ohio, according to a USCCB press release.

“The first principle of the US bishops with regard to immigration is that migrants have the right not to migrate-- in other words, to be able to find work in their own home countries so they can support their families in dignity,” said Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, chairman of the USCCB International Policy Committee. “Migration should be driven by choice, not necessity.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992, 1997) outlines Catholic teaching on immigration in two paragraphs: no. 2241, which discusses the duties of public officials towards immigrants, and no. 2433, which discusses immigrants and employment. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (2004) discusses immigration in paragraphs 100, 289, 297-98, and 308.

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  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Jan. 08, 2010 4:23 PM ET USA

    There is one thing that the bishops have supposedly had training in — catechizing Catholics. With about 25 percent of Catholics regularly going to Mass, and maybe even less believing in the Real Presence, how about focusing on the Faith itself, and you know, maybe the other issues will be dealt with by informed Catholics in the world, which is our job.

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 07, 2010 7:53 PM ET USA

    Our bishops have forgotten how to "teach as Jesus did", and are acting as a political action group for liberal causes. There is nothing in the bishops' training or experience that qualifies them to take a position on political issues. We await the day when they will teach the moral principles embedded in those issues and leave the politics to Caesar.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jan. 07, 2010 6:52 PM ET USA

    Keep it up Bishops! You are getting closer and closer to the day when the public will finally turn on you and demand taxation of the Church. How about real estate taxes on Church properties to help pay for all the illegal immigrants and their welfare needs in communities that are broke from all the welfare costs? Call it involuntary subsidiarity.

  • Posted by: Lilacs2me - Jan. 07, 2010 6:11 PM ET USA

    Excuse me, your Excellencies, but shouldn't you be addressing your concerns to the President of Mexico? You still haven't mastered the "illegal" part of illegal immigrants, have you? We don't have to reform anything. We just have to enforce the laws of this country regarding unlawful entry!

  • Posted by: Howard6284 - Jan. 07, 2010 6:46 AM ET USA

    I think this is a mistake for the Church in America to actively support any legislation in this area. Hidden in the weeds are the illegal immigrants and eventually the issue must devolve into policy decisions regarding security. Better to spend the money on standing up against current health reform forcing abortions.

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