14 October 2015
Statement of Archbishop Carlson on Immigration
His Grace Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a statement on Immigration this week. The full text can be read here.
As your bishop and pastor, I am attentive to the complexities of working for immigration reform. While I fully support the labor of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for
Immigrants Campaign, I do so knowing that for many this public advocacy and work brings personal apprehensions and resistance. At the same time, I am grateful to Catholics and people of good will in the archdiocese who are reaching out to our immigrant communities.
I recognize, too, that work on behalf of immigration reform can cultivate seeds of discord and division among our faithful when viewed independently of the light of faith. Yet, as members of the one Body of Christ, we remain confident in our faith (Romans 12:3-5). We stand on solid ground when our faith illumines our pastoral practice of respect for the human dignity of all persons and service for the common good. More than ever, our social, political and world reality urges us to engage this pastoral issue with evangelical justice and charity in our hearts (Colossians 3:12-15).
And in a special way, our hearts and minds also attend to the cry of the many thousands of people who are leaving their homelands because of religious persecution or in search of a better life for their families. The global migration and refugee crisis we are facing as a human family, and the pain and brokenness that many of our sisters and brothers are encountering as they search for more humane conditions of life cannot be ignored. As Catholics, we must continue to pray for God’s grace and mercy to be abundant, so that the families and children who are directly affected may find welcoming hands at the end of their journeys.