Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Something Is Rotten

The issue of illegal immigration is complicated, and I'm not sure how to address it. But to have, as we have here in North Carolina, counties that are actively implementing plans to rid themselves of illegal immigrants strikes me as nothing short of criminal and prejudicial. At the very least. And yes, I know they're illegal immigrants.

Jesus teaches us to treat the poor and the marginalized, the stranger and the foreigner, with love and compassion. Why aren't more churches speaking about this issue, reaching out to these people? Why are so many churches the very ones shouting for the illegals' removal?

2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

- Catechism of the Catholic Church

Yes, the Church also makes provision for nations to limit immigration. But it is nonetheless distressing to see the richest people in the world walling out some of the poorest.

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