Letter on Immigration Rally

Senator Ruben Diaz had a immigration rally this past Sunday. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of New York Catholic Charities represented Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and me. We wrote the following letter in support of Senator Diaz’s rally:

October 2, 2011

Dear Friends:

Although we are not able to be present with you this afternoon because of parish Masses, we express our solidarity with you who have come together in the Bronx to stand with our immigrant sisters and brothers.

Thank you all for coming, and thanks to all those that have taken the necessary steps to bring us together today — religious and community leaders, and especially Senator Ruben Diaz.  Today continues the necessary effort to raise up the need to fix our broken immigration system.

We have an obligation as a nation of opportunity, a nation of newcomers, to welcome the newcomer.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops fully supports the DREAM Act. This common-sense legislation would provide relief for so many youth that have been brought here by their parents, and are currently unauthorized to be here, by no fault of their own.  It would create a path for legalizing their status and enable them to reach their dreams and lend their talents to this Nation of Immigrants.

We support genuine comprehensive immigration reform that deals with security, family unification, a pathway toward legalization and an overall fair and generous legal immigration policy.  However, as we work for such comprehensive reform, we need to concentrate on policies and administrative remedies and reforms that support family reunification and provide relief for the most vulnerable immigration populations at risk of being deported — including the elderly, our youth and those with serious disabilities.

Families continue to be separated.  Overzealous enforcement of immigration laws has created a spirit of fear that is pushing people back into the shadows.

Our faith and the wisdom of America call us to welcome the stranger out of charity and respect for the human person.   We will continue to call for comprehensive immigration reform, and we call upon our elected officials to find opportunities for reform – both administrative and legislative – for those struggling to live a life of dignity and respect as we await full reform of our immigration system.

Our prayers are with you this afternoon.  May God bless you and your families.



Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan     Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio
Archbishop of New York                   Bishop of Brooklyn

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2 Responses to “Letter on Immigration Rally”

  1. Mary says:

    Archbishop I am losing my trust in the Archdiocese.

    In early summer before the same sex marriage vote, Sen. Ruben Diaz organized a rally in the Bronx in support of traditional marriage. He was was vilified and scorned by just abour everyone on the ssm bandwagon. He held strong even when his lesbian granddaughter showed up at the rally in public opposition to her Grandfather! From the podium he spoke with love to her. And she was received with kindness by the large crowd of Hispanics, Christians, blacks, pastors, rabbis and families with children.

    The complete silence, absence actually, of the Archdiocese was stunning to the Catholics who attended. Surely Catholic Charities knows what same sex marriage law does to Catholic adoption services. Yet no one representing the Archdiocese came to that rally.

    Archbishop, someone is giving you terrible advice.

    We desperately, desperately need your spiritual guidance not political activism. Evil is everywhere around us wanting to destroy the Catholic Church, Christ’s Body, of which we are all members, immigrant or not. Lose the political advice or leave it to the lawyers. Teach us. Please. Teach us.

  2. tad says:

    It’s hard to disagree with Mary on this. The USCCB is putting out conflicting messages on Marriage and homosexuality. All we have heard for decades is to love, love , love….. Yet no one really gets to the meat of it. No tough teaching. Just hold hands. And now we are paying the price of terrible teaching.

    Where’s St. Paul when need him? Oh, he would have be silenced by his bishop. Too much tough talking. Oh, as matter of fact he is silenced, we can’t read all of his letters on marriage, because they are too tough. So we disguise it by saying, “For a a shorter reading, skip those parts in the brackets. Sort of obvious when the whole reading is only a few lines to begin with.

    Maybe if we had fewer priests without identiy problems we’d get back to tougher teachings as Christ taught. Like it’s wrong to steal from the government by being to lazy to work. We never hear Paul telling us that we need to work hard and pick up our load. We only hear about taking care of the poor. What if a lot of poor are not really poor but lazy? Not all, but there is a lot.