(AP) – The president of the U.S. Meeting of Catholic Bishops decried what he said had been “the forces of division” in the united states, as he called Monday for immigration plans that keep families along and a “humane” method of policing the border.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas, affirmed the government’s authority to protect national security. But he said recent plans and attitudes have frequently been rooted in stress about people who “look, speak and possibly think differently.” That dread exists both within and beyond your church, he said.
“The forces of division prey on our fear of the unfamiliar, the different. But fear is not of God,” said DiNardo, in an address to the bishops’ fall getting together with in Baltimore. “They tempt us to visit a risk in the stranger.”
DiNardo by no means mentioned President Donald Trump by simply name, focusing rather on government policy. DiNardo said the united states acquired a “moral responsibility” to protect the border “in a humane method.” He said a “pro-life immigration policy is one that will not tear family members apart.” And he expressed support for small immigrants known by their advocates simply because Dreamers. For “anyone who has only known the United States as their house, we produce Pope Francis’ words our own: continue dreaming,” DiNardo said.
Trump has said an aggressive deportation policy and restrictions on refugee access to the U.S. are crucial for national secureness. His administration has made a decision to phase out short-term deportation protections enacted under former President Barack Obama for a number of those young people taken to the united states illegally as children, giving Congress until March to come up with a fresh policy. The Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program has protected about 800,000 people who were taken to the U.S. illegally simply because children or came with family members that overstayed visas.
The 68-million-member U.S. Catholic church, the country’s major denomination by far, operates a nationwide network of support applications for refugees and immigrants. Immigrants comprise a large share of church users, including a growing existence of Latinos, both newcomers and U.S.-born parishioners. Pope Francis provides made help for immigrants and refugees important of his pontificate.
DiNardo linked the church’s advocacy for immigrants with the Roman Catholic coaching against abortion, saying value for others begins found in the womb. He also called for stronger spiritual liberty protections for health care workers and others who oppose abortion.
The bishops’ meeting started out Sunday night with an opening Mass presided over by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of their conference. In his sermon, Parolin encouraged bishops to continue bringing the church’s voice to “social concerns and political debates.”
“The urgent need to welcome and integrate new waves of immigrants continues unabated,” Parolin said. “As well, the Catholic network is called, under your instruction, to work for an ever more just and inclusive society by dispelling the shadows of polarization, divisiveness and societal breakdown by the natural light of the Gospel.”