“….There was a strong desire from the other bishops, especially the ones from Baja,” said Bishop Timothy Freyer, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange, of their interest in seeing the new cathedral. “They had heard so much about it, they were looking forward to it. Bishop Vann gave a great tour.”
This year’s installment of the annual meeting, which was revived in 2017, was attended by clerics from Sacramento to Ensenada. Representatives from seven dioceses and archdioceses from the state of California, plus Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada from Mexico, and the California Catholic Conference were on hand.
After sightseeing, the attendees, who represent more than 13 million Catholics, got down to the business of the two-day meeting, held on Oct. 21-22 on the Christ Cathedral Campus….
During six hours of meetings, the church leaders discussed a wide spectrum of issues. One session that proved valuable was a discussion with leadership from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to Bishop Freyer.
“We’ve had good discussions with them in the past,” he said.
ICE officials described what they do, enforcing immigration throughout the U.S., and how it differs from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which patrols the border area.
While Bishop Freyer said the diocese has “had good discussions with (ICE) in the past,” the recent meeting gave the Baja contingent a chance to interact with the United States agency….
The group also discussed support of the March 4th statement of the Texas and Mexico Border Bishops, decrying the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The Tex-Mex statement read in part: “…we express our total disagreement with the policy of the government of the United States to send to Mexico migrants who are waiting for their turn to appear before a U.S. judge who will decide whether or not they receive asylum….”
Next year the Alta-Baja meeting moves back to Mexico, tentatively in early November in Loreto.
The above comes from a Dec. 4 story in OC Catholic.