Casa Migrante in Tijuana offers refuge

90 percent of these people have been deported from U.S.

The following comes from a Jan. 23 story on the website of the California Catholic Conference. At the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, people see a big house at the top of a hill adjacent to a skyline-dominating steeple. The big house is Casa Migrante. For more than 30 years, after people have grappled with the border’s harsh reality, Casa Migrante is a place where they … [Read more...]

Hostility to immigrants is a sin, Pope says

Pope Francis led a Mass on January 14 for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees

In a sense, every papal liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica has symbolic value, but rarely was that symbolism more overtly on display than on Sunday, when Pope Francis led a Mass for the Catholic Church’s Jan. 14 World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Obviously intended to drive home the message that migrants are refugees and not just abstractions for Catholicism, but part of its … [Read more...]

Follow the money trail

Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received $534,788,660 in taxpayer money for refugee resettlement programs, leading some to question bishops' motives in opposing President Trump's beleaguered refugee policy

Is a conflict of interest behind some of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ strong criticisms of President Trump’s immigration policy, in particular his two temporary travel bans? That’s the question being raised by a number of experts in foreign policy and Catholic charitable work, including a former adviser to President Bush and a leading figure in conservative Catholic media. These … [Read more...]

Bishop McElroy, spokesman for the disruptive church

"If Church leaders embrace this kind of politically driven radicalism, we are in deep trouble"

In 1970, I took part in an early anti-abortion protest in Washington D.C. at George Washington University Hospital. It was intended to be a sit-in at the offices where hospital employees interviewed women seeking abortions. The hospital was violating the laws of the District of Columbia, which back then still prohibited abortion. But abortions were being performed at the … [Read more...]

Cardinal Mahony spends his 81st birthday visiting with Syrian refugees

"Without immigrants, those with legal status and those without, the State of California would shut down"

Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of the Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles, spent his 81st birthday on Monday in Amman, Jordan, following three days in Lebanon visiting with Syrian refugees, Filipino guest workers and other migrants. He's in a delegation from the Vatican and posting about the working trip at his blog, Cardinal Roger Mahony Blogs L.A.. After Lebanon and … [Read more...]

California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

Bishop Bawai Soro of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon writes column defending administration's travel ban, says "radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America"

The following is by Bishop Bawai Soro. Soro is a bishop with St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon. Critics have objected to President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. by refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries, alleging 1) their human rights are compromised, and 2) this ban is a Muslim ban. As an Iraqi-American, I would like to … [Read more...]

Catholics in San Francisco organize to support immigrants

Archdiocese plans community response if ICE raids occur

An informal organizational meeting will be held Feb. 9 for pastors at the Pastoral Center at One Peter Yorke Way in San Francisco, to build ties of hope and action between the archdiocese and parishes at a time of growing fear among immigrants. The archdiocese is coordinating with committees of parishioners on concrete ways for both immigrants and non-immigrants to work … [Read more...]

Oakland bishop issues statement on Trump’s orders on refugees and immigrants

Bishop Michael Barber: "Christ and His teachings must come before our favorite political party"

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive orders on immigrants and refugees and responses to those orders: With all the rancor and division circulating in the media recently, I think it is good to remind ourselves who we are as Catholics and Christians. We are Christ-centered, not … [Read more...]

Where are the Christians?

Federal appeals judge wants to know why 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian and “yet less than one-half of 1 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian”

The following comes from an October 27 Daily Signal article by Hans von Spakovsky: In an otherwise unremarkable opinion over the federal Freedom of Information Act, a federal appellate court judge has issued a sharp rejoinder to the Obama administration over an issue that has been discussed in the news—the almost complete lack of Syrian Christian refugees being brought over to … [Read more...]

LA parish offers succor to Syrian refugees

Father David Bedrosian, pastor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Armenian Catholic Church, had to flee Syria himself 17 years ago

The following comes from a September 27 Catholic News Agency article by Casey McCorry: The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the resources to house the next Syrian refugee who shows up on the church steps. Father … [Read more...]