Archbishop Gomez: “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners”

Los Angeles archbishop used his homily at the 65th annual Red Mass to remind country’s legal professionals -- including five Supreme Court justices -- of U.S. tradition of welcoming immigrants

Archbishop José H. Gomez used his homily at the 65thannual Red Mass to remind the country’s legal professionals of America’s strong tradition of welcoming immigrants and promoting religious freedom for all. “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners, there are no strangers,” said Gomez. “All of us are family. When God looks at us, he sees beyond the color of our skin, or the … [Read more...]

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Anti-immigrant group endorses Planned Parenthood

Environmentalist group Negative Population Growth says taxpayer funding of abortion needed to curb future refugees and immigrants

An anti-immigrant environmentalist group is tossing its support behind Planned Parenthood, arguing that its taxpayer funding and overseas abortion aid are needed to curb future refugees and immigrants. Environmentalist group Negative Population Growth published a report on Tuesday condemning Republican efforts to defund the nation's largest abortion organizer, as well as … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez prods President Trump to change DACA position

"They did not make the decision to enter this country in violation of our laws, and in fairness we cannot hold them accountable”

President Donald Trump’s promise to treat undocumented minors with “great heart” needs to be reflected in policy that gives them legal protection, not deportation, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said. “They did not make the decision to enter this country in violation of our laws, and in fairness we cannot hold them accountable,” Archbishop Gomez said in an Aug. 29 … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Roger Mahony blasts Trump over Arpaio pardon

Writing on his blog, retired archbishop of LA says he's "deeply troubled and disgusted" by the president's pardon of the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

Statement by Cardinal Roger Mahony on the presidential pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio: I am deeply troubled and disgusted by President Trump's pardon of Joe Arapaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. The former sheriff's tenure was marked by racial profiling, harassment of our Latino brothers and sisters, and the disruption of immigrant communities. He created … [Read more...]

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California bishops support SB 54 to resist “brutish nativist polemic”

Measure prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to assist in immigration enforcement

Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: The California Catholic Conference of Bishops supports SB 54, the California Values Act. In the nation today, some are displacing trust and cooperation with fear and hatred. In our estimation, the majority of Californians, as well as the nation, desire rather to … [Read more...]

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California bishops support bill to restrict immigration enforcement

SB 54 establishes “safe zones” that would that require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises

California’s efforts to protect immigrants while balancing legitimate public safety concerns is proving more difficult than many thought. SB 54, the California Values Act (de Leon, D-Los Angeles), is at an impasse, at least temporarily, as Governor Brown, Senate President pro temp Kevin de Leon, immigration groups and law enforcement interests grapple with the legislation’s … [Read more...]

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California bishops issue Mother’s Day statement

Use the occasion to call again for immigration reform, suggest current policies violate Fourth Commandment

During this week of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States and Mexico, the enduring bonds of family will light up social media, overload telephone lines, and overflow many dining tables as children text, call, FaceTime, present home-made cards, feast, offer bouquets, and thank their mothers for their lifetime of labor and love. The wisdom of the fourth commandment, to … [Read more...]

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Holy Thursday tradition of washing feet turns political

Interfaith leaders washed the feet of immigrants outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Morgan Hill, at the Southern Branch of the California Superior Court in Redwood City, at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office in Martinez and at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in Oakland

In a modern political twist to an ancient Roman Catholic tradition observed annually during Holy Week, interfaith leaders from throughout the South Bay on Thursday washed the feet of immigrants — among them a Pakistani Muslim and an Irishman — outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. The ritual was a deeply personal experience for many of the 12 … [Read more...]

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Riverside parish asks psychiatrists to help parishioners battling depression and anxiety

At Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, pastor invites mental health professionals to counsel those suffering from psychological problems associated with recent immigration crackdown

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Riverside will invite psychiatrists onto its campus to get help for a congregation that is predominantly Latino and struggling with depression and anxiety over immigration crackdowns. The Rev. Miguel R. Ceja, the church’s pastor, said he is working on a pilot program partnering with Loma Linda University’s School of … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese sends immigration precautions to all parishes

You don’t open the door - you ask to see a warrant under the door and you have a right to remain silent

Bishop Kevin Vann has sent a letter to all Diocese of Orange parishes directing them to be prepared in the event of an encounter with immigration enforcement officials at or near a church, school, hospital or clinic. The letter went out after reports of a van believed to belong to Immigration and Customs Enforcement was photographed on the Christ Cathedral campus Feb. 17. It … [Read more...]

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