Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration
The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move. Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
“The so-called “illegals” are so not because they wish to defy the law; but, because the law does not provide them with any channels to regularize their status in our country – which needs their labor: they are not breaking the law, the law is breaking them.” Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Bishop of Orlando.
To learn more about the Church’s teaching on immigration, we encourage you to view the resources at the USCCB.
July 25, 2014 (USCCB) – Central American children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are migrating to the United States alone in record numbers. While not a new phenomenon, the number of children who are making the perilous journey alone has increased exponentially—6,775, on average, arrived between 2003—2011, and upwards of 90,000 are projected to arrive in Fiscal Year 2014. The Catholic Church has taken seriously the humanitarian and policy oriented aspects of this situation and is advocating on behalf of increased protections for migrant children and their families who are arriving in the United States. Recent testimony by Bishop Mark Seitz provides a useful overview of the policy position taken by the bishops on this issue. Below are some additional resources that can be used to better understand the situation, as well as some of the efforts that the Church is involved in to help resolve it. Read More
Vatican to Support Help for ‘Humanitarian Emergency’ of Child Migrants
July 15, 2014 (CNS) MEXICO CITY – The Vatican’s secretary of state pledged full support for addressing the issue of child migrants streaming out of Central America in search of safety and family reunification in the United States.
Pope Francis, meanwhile, described the situation a “humanitarian emergency” and called for the international community to act. Speaking at the Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat July 14, Cardinal Pietro Parolin repeated a recent call of bishops in five countries for Catholics and society at large to lend a helping hand for the thousands of young migrants travelling through Mexico and often arriving unaccompanied in the United States. Read More