Friday, May 5, 2006

Catholics and Immigration

Reminds me of something I read and I believe wrote about in Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton Sheen that led Dorothy Day to take an active passivist stance when it came to war (active in that we should pray like their is no tomorrow)...when it comes to being a Christian the Body of Christ doesn't know of borders.

Nations can defend their borders, but Christians welcome the stranger as Christ Himself (Matthew 25).

From the Voice of America:

Father Richard Mullins represents many priests who say protecting immigrant
rights is part of their religious mandate to minister to the poor and
oppressed. "No one is illegal especially in the eyes of the church. We are
all the sons and daughters of God."

The Catholic Church has a long history of helping immigrants -- no
matter what their legal status -- to learn English, find employment and
provide legal services. But if a new law supported by many in Congress is
passed, aiding and abetting an illegal immigrant could be a criminal

1 comment:

  1. Very selective representation of Ms. Day.

    Ms. Day actively broadcasted that she did not pay federal income tax-perceived as a war tax. She did some of her most difficult time in jail protesting the preparations for nuclear war in New York (non-violent civil disobedience).

    She prayed and fasted for peace and justice. She also acted to stand up for it. And received more than gentle criticism for it by the Archdiocese of NY.

    She wrote about this too, inspiring more than one generation to stand up and act for peace and justice in God's name.

    She used her pen, her paper, her voice, her spirit, and, frequently, her body to stnad up for the poor, to declare that a Christian peace demands an end to war, and that the human person loses dignity by our system of wealth and power.

    She prayed, and more.


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