Category Archives: Immigration

Shipwreck and Cynicism

Last July, Pope Francis made his first papal trip outside of Rome to the Italian island of Lampedusa: a narrow slab of rock 70 miles off the Tunisian coast and a major point of entry to the EU for migrants (mostly illegal) fleeing poverty, violence and, upheaval in East Africa, North Africa, and the greater [...]

What did Pope Francis actually say on the crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border?

You simply cannot trust media outlets like the Huffington Post or CNN to faithfully transmit anything that Pope Francis says. Thankfully, via Vatican Radio, we have the full and unedited statement by Pope Francis on the occasion of the “Mexico Holy See colloquium on human migration and development” dated on July 14, 2014, in which [...]

A Tale of Two Prisoners

The Catholic teaching of just war is an extension of the duty of men to protect women and children from violence, but Meriam Ibrahim and her two children are sitting in prison and she will likely earn the martyr’s crown of glory for her courageous defense of their Christian faith while the cowardly deserter Bowe [...]

Canon Law and the Bishops’ Border Mass

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has a good and interesting blog post on the recent celebration of Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border by some American Bishops.  He suggests that here the bishops in question erred, insofar as they departed from canon law governing where the Mass is to be celebrated. As Peters explains, Mass is ordinarily [...]

Why Can’t Amnesty Come Second?

There were fireworks this week on the floor of the U.S. Senate.  That august body (or once august body) began deliberations on the Gang of 8 comprehensive immigration reform bill.  Senator Grassley (Republican of Iowa) proposed an amendment that would require that the border be secure for six months before there could be legalization of [...]

Two Points on Immigration Reform

The American Catholic bishops are taking a serious interest in immigration reform legislation being worked on in Congress.  Although many of the bishops have spoken on this important issue, it seems that Cardinal Dolan of New York and Archbishop Gomez of Los Angels are two of the key point men, so to speak.  Recently Archbishop [...]

In America, Every Day is Pentecost

The celebration of Pentecost is a perfect occasion to think about the history–and the future–of the United States as a nation of immigrants. Like the crowd assembled in Jerusalem on the first Pentecost, America is home to people “from every nation under heaven.” Most American cities have ethnic neighborhoods that attest to this heritage. Columbus, [...]


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