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

Part of a group of 16 Jesuit priests and staff from the Jesuits West province pray June 7 at the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico. In addition to the fence, the group visited several migrant shelters and a Jesuit-run university to learn about immigration issues first hand. They are part of a larger group of Jesuits and lay people who will be in San Diego for a June 9 ordination ceremony. (Credit: CNS.)

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 their children as a policy.”

The diocese, he said, will start a “program that will try to take in mothers who come here and are granted the first level of asylum, so that we can try to keep mothers with their children, rather than being separated.”

McElroy celebrated the border mass, along with auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, to launch the “Footprints of Tenderness” initiative, in which a flag and a cross will be walked from the U.S.-Mexico border down to Patagonia, Chile in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of children seeking asylum.

“It’s just an amazing thing that here we are on a border where the ocean is so beautiful, absolutely beautiful, and you have this wall that represents a division,” Dolan told the Times of San Diego.

Full story at Crux.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    This policy was in effect under Obama. I didn’t see McElroy protesting then?

    • Exactly. More political shilling by bishops for the Dimms. Maybe they should talk to Sodano about his insight that the Chinese are implementing Catholic Social Doctrine better than anyone else in the world. Maybe they will have their eyes open when they see China’s policy on illegal entry into their country… or even what they have as a policy for legal immigration. But then again, maybe Sodano’s praise and admiration is reserved for the rest of their totalitarian reign of terror apart from their treatment of people trying to migrate into China.

    • Elizabeth M. says:

      RE: Anonymous—Exact;y

    • Anonymous says:

      No, actually, it wasn’t in effect under Obama. AG Sessions announced this new policy in a public speech a few weeks ago. The Trump Right wants to claim that on the one hand, Obama did nothing to protect the border, but on the other hand, all the awful policies of this administration were already being done by Obama so it’s not Trump’s fault. Those two things can’t both be true, Mr President. Which is it?

  2. Maybe McElroy would like to run for governor…He seems to like politics more than being a priest.

  3. Bishop MCElroy can NOT run for governor. The Vatican has prohibited Priests holding public elected office since the 1970s.

  4. Truth Seeker says:

    I disagree with Bishop McElroy’s social “solutions” about 90% of the time. Mostly because he identifies his own “solutions” as being the only ones compatible with Catholic moral and social justice teaching. That’s false, and egotistic to boot.
    This time, though, I think he’s spot on. Hat’s off to him!

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