Strangers And Aliens No Longer: 1

In 2006, the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States published a document about the migration situation between the Mexico and U.S. The issue continues to be difficult question for both countries as well as in many other places in the world. The issue is central to our life here on the border as well as in the families of many in our parish. It is not an issue for us to sit quietly by and watch as though we were at a distance. The distance between us and the lawmakers beginning a serious debate on the question is only as far as your thoughts are from your voice and your hand.

Overt the next several weeks, I will be devoting my column to engage you in the debate from the perspective the Church’s Social Teaching. In two weeks we will be living through National Migration Week, ushered in by Dr. Martin Luther King Day. It is truly time for us to be informed so that we might attempt to help form a responsible immigration document in Washington.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, Ephesians 2:19

2. We speak as two episcopal conferences but as one Church, united in the view that migration between our two nations is necessary and beneficial. At the same time, some aspects of the migrant experience are far from the vision of the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed: many persons who seek to migrate are suffering, and, in some cases, tragically dying; human rights are abused; families are kept apart; and racist and xenophobic attitudes remain.

3. On January 23, 1999, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope John Paul II presented his apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in America, which resulted from the Synod of Bishops of America. In the spirit of ecclesial solidarity begun in that synod and promoted in Ecclesia in America, and aware of the migration reality our two nations live, we the bishops of Mexico and the United States seek to awaken our peoples to the mysterious presence of the crucified and risen Lord in the person of the migrant and to renew in them the values of the Kingdom of God that he proclaimed.

4. As pastors to more than ninety million Mexican Catholics and sixty-five million U.S. Catholics, we witness the human consequences of migration in the life of society every day. We witness the vulnerability of our people involved in all sides of the migration phenomenon, including families devastated by the loss of loved ones who have undertaken the migration journey and children left alone when parents are removed from them. We observe the struggles of landowners and enforcement personnel who seek to preserve the common good without violating the dignity of the migrant. And we share in the concern of religious and social service providers who, without violating civil law, attempt to respond to the migrant knocking at the door.

http://www.usccb.org/mrs/stranger.shtml

What is your immigration History?

Who do you know affected by the immigration debate?

How are you affected by the immigration reform debate?

fr. Charles

Extranjeros ni Forasteros Jamas: 1

Por eso, ya no sois extranjeros ni forasteros, sino conciudadanos de los santos y miembros de la familia de Dios,… Efesios 2,19

Iglesia, unidos en la opinión de que la migración entre nuestras dos naciones es necesaria y benéfica. A la vez reconocemos que algunos aspectos de la experiencia del migrante se encuentran lejos de la visión del Reino de Dios que Jesús proclamó: muchas personas que intentan migrar están sufriendo, y en algunos casos muriendo; se vulneran los derechos humanos; se separan las familias; y continúan existiendo actitudes racistas y xenofóbicas.

3. El 23 de enero de 1999, en la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, el Papa Juan Pablo II entregó la Exhortación Apostólica Ecclesia in America, fruto del Sínodo de los Obispos de América.1 En el espíritu de solidaridad eclesial iniciado en este Sínodo y expresado en dicha Exhortación – y conscientes de la realidad de las migraciones que viven nuestras dos naciones – nosotros, los Obispos de los Estados Unidos y de México, buscamos despertar en nuestros pueblos la misteriosa presencia del Señor crucificado y resucitado en la persona del migrante, y renovar en ellos los valores del Reino de Dios que Él proclamó.

4. Como Obispos, pastores de más de noventa millones de católicos mexicanos y sesenta y cinco millones de católicos estadounidenses, somos testigos de las consecuencias humanas de la migración en la vida diaria de la sociedad. También somos testigos de la vulnerabilidad de nuestros pueblos al estar involucrados en todos los aspectos del fenómeno migratorio, como las familias devastadas por la pérdida de aquellos seres queridos que han emprendido el camino de la migración, y los niños que viven en la soledad desde el momento que sus padres les son arrancados. Observamos el esfuerzo de los propietarios de tierras y de las autoridades que buscan la protección del bien común, sin violar la dignidad del migrante. Y compartimos la preocupación de los prestadores de servicios sociales y religiosos, quienes intentan responder al migrante que toca a su puerta sin violar los principios de la ley.

http://www.usccb.org/mrs/strangersp.shtml#1

¿Cuál es su historia de inmigración?

¿A quién conoce afectado por el debate de la reforma de leyes de inmigración?

¿Cómo está afectado por las leyes de inmigración?

fr. Charles

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