“Un-American, un-Christian and inhumane”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath denounces separation of families at US-Mexico border

The following comes from Bishop McGrath’s “Message on Separated Families”:

 Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are hundreds of miles from the border, yet what has happened along the US-Mexico border over the past few weeks has a direct impact on many of our own people. Images of crying children, separated from their mothers, and the anguish of mothers whose infants have been … [Read more...]

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“The end of our great national tradition”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy joins other bishops in denouncing decision by attorney general to put a stop to asylum claims based on domestic abuse, gang violence: "We have truly lost our moral compass as a country”

A decision to deny appeals for asylum in the United States based on claims of domestic abuse or gang violence has been deplored by Catholic leaders from coast to coast. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called a ruling by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reject such claims “a denial of our heritage.” “For the whole of our history, the United States has been a refuge for … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese announces program to prevent family separation at the border

Bishop Robert McElroy celebrates June 10 border Mass, along with Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, to launch the “Footprints of Tenderness” initiative

In response to the Trump administration’s policy that separates children from their parents arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bishop Robert McElroy has announced that the diocese of San Diego will launch a program aimed at keeping asylum-seeking families together. During a border mass on Saturday, McElroy said “I think it’s inhumane to deliberately separate mothers from … [Read more...]

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“Don’t come back”

A deported migrant's story

July 2, 2015 began with a bologna sandwich and eight hours in a cell. Adrian Quiroz’s four months in immigration detention were coming to a close, and he was going to be deported to Mexico that day. He and the other deportees were strip-searched, handcuffed together, and then ushered onto the bus that would take them out of Mesa, Arizona and through the high-traffic border town … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino Bishop: Trump Administration immigration policy is an attack on the family

Separation of children from their parents violates Church teaching on human dignity, Bishop Barnes says

The following is an excerpt from a recent writing of Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino: We are called to take notice of and respond to specific situations and challenges that impact family life. One very painful and egregious example of this is recent reports of tactics now being carried out by federal immigration enforcement officials in regard to undocumented persons … [Read more...]

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Bishops pressure House Majority Leader on DACA

Archbishop Jose Gomez, bishops Jaime Soto and Armando Ochoa publish open letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy urging him to allow House of Representatives to vote on immigration measure

In an open letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that was printed in the Bakersfield Californian, Catholic leaders in California urged Rep. McCarthy to allow a House vote on critical legislation that would prevent the deportation of young people who were brought into this country as minors, but who lack formal permission to remain in the United States. The letter was … [Read more...]

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California Encuentro delegates prepare for ministry

Nearly 1,300 delegates -- including laypeople, priests and 21 bishops -- gathered for regional encuentro at the Visalia Convention Center April 27-29

Hope, energy and the drive to unite to share the Catholic faith filled the Visalia Convention Center, as nearly 1,300 delegates -- including laypeople, priests and 21 bishops -- gathered for a regional encuentro. "This is the moment when the church is listening to the Hispanic community in an effort to understand us better, but also in the hopes that we will become missionary … [Read more...]

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Commencement season exposes huge divide in Catholic education

Several Catholic colleges have chosen to honor individuals who publicly oppose the Church’s moral teachings

The best and the worst of Catholic higher education are once again on public display, as America’s Catholic colleges announce their spring commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Several colleges—many of them recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity—have admirably chosen to honor Catholic leaders and faithful laypeople as commencement … [Read more...]

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ACLU tries to drag Catholic Charities into illegal immigrant abortions

Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations could be forced to tell young illegal immigrants in their care that they have a 'right' to an abortion

If the American Civil Liberties Union has its way, Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations providing care for illegal alien minors will be forced to proclaim to the girls in their care during the shelter’s orientation that they have a “right” to an abortion. The ACLU seeks to compel this speech under the auspices of providing “notice” to the members of the … [Read more...]

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US bishops endorse bill to provide DACA fix

Among other things, legislation would shield “Dreamers” from deportation and provide a path to citizenship for certain qualified persons

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday evening that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be re-opened to new applicants, and the following day the USCCB announced support for the “Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act of 2018,” which would codify DACA into law. While other court decisions have ordered that the federal government begin to accept DACA … [Read more...]

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