To Whom Shall We Go?

I just caught up with a great piece by Terry Golway in the Irish Echo. The Well Trod Line Between Church and State talks about illegal immigrants and the role of Church and state.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The descendants of the Ellis Island generation may argue that their ancestors did it the ‘right way’ – shuffling through the lines, answering the questions of government agents, submitting to cursory health examinations.

Today’s illegal immigrants have done none of those things.

But, as the clerics of Houston reminded us, their lack of legal status should not blind us to their humanity. They did, after all, come here for many of the same reasons as the immigrants of old.

Can we put them on a path to citizenship and dignity while also establishing firmer control of our borders? The White House seems to think so. So do many Catholic bishops whose own families once were seen as too foreign, too alien, for mainstream American society.”

The New York Community Media Alliance posted the article here.

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7 Responses to “To Whom Shall We Go?”

  1. NCSue says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve found lots of food for thought in things I’ve read here. I’ve \tagged\ you in a meme on my blog – not because I think you’ll respond, but because I hope that others will find their way here and find inspiration as well.

    May God bless you!

    Sue

  2. Thank you for sharing the article. Despite the appeal to see the humanity of the illegals, laws of this country should not be ignored. Nor should we reward those who decided to violate our laws. I can’t ignore the possible political motives of those who see the illegals as potential voters for their party. I do not claim to have the solution but following the law seems to be a good guide.

  3. Bob Mann says:

    Dear Reverend Archbishop Timothy Dolan,

    After listening to you speak on EWTN about the Muslim mosque which may be built at the ground zero site in New York, I gained appreciation for the balance you are trying to strike and support between honoring peoples of all faiths and respecting the victims and survivors of 911. In researching the subject, I came across this alarming commentary on the history of Muslim tradition to outwardly portray honor and respect, while inwardly cursing infidels. This piece specifically questions whether the Muslim mosque will truly honor the victims of 911 or if it will represent a traditional sign of Islam conquest.

    Respectfully and prayerfully with you in Christ, thru Mary,

    R. Mann (St. Louis, MO)

  4. Bob Mann says:

    I trust in your judgment and influential skill.

    God bless you!
    Thank you for your ministry and service!

    May the Holy Spirit continue to flow in and through you.

    You remain in my prayers.

  5. Irene says:

    I never really understood the argument that folks make about their own ancestors coming here legally. My people came over during the potato famine; I have no idea at all whether they entered the country legally. But I bet they would have done their best to come here even if they couldn’t do it legally. I agree we need to fix our broken immigration system, but I think that should include much more generous policies that would let people seeking a better life enter this country with no more difficulty than that of my own ancestors.

  6. Cathy says:

    I have to be honest, I believe the proposed mosque is a sign of Muslim conquest and nothing else. I might believe differently, but, pray tell me, where were the attacks on American civilians and government defense planned? Would we have been open to the proposal of a Shintu Temple at Pearl Harbor? Why are we so open to a mosque at 9/11? I pray for the Muslim people, but, when we are no longer free to call “honor killing” what it is, we have not defended the right of Muslim people in America to convert.
    I love that people desire to come to the US to be citizens, but it bothers me terribly when they come here not simply holding on to their culture, but their nationality as well. Do citizens attaining citizenship in the US give up their Mexican citizenship? If not, why stay and fight for our country, when you do not consider the US a sovereign nation and you begin to believe that the US in part is just a property taken from Mexico. Why fight for our national security when you have another nation into which you can flee? How many have come across the border, not because of economic opportunity, but due to the fact that, due to economic success in their country, they and their families have become targets for kidnapping? If this be the reason, does our open border offer them protection? Does our open border protect the lives and the property of US citizens on this side of the border states?
    Sometimes, I pray that our Bishop’s would recognize the current White House administration in the same light that parents recognize their daughter with a very bad boyfriend. They feign a common interest and a common goal, but their sole purpose is to use you and once they have succeeded in the attainment of their own desire having marred your reputation and good name, they will turn whole-heartedly against you and all those who stand in Christ’s presence and friendship.
    I apologize sincerely, if my comment seems too harsh, these are scattered and confusing times. In my prayer, In Christ,
    Cathy

  7. elizabeth says:

    Dear Archbishop Dolan: no opinion re the mosque? You sound very much like our president. You should be leading on this! At the same time, you do not seem to be listening to what people are saying to you, e.g., on immigration and on the mosque. The Catholic Church seems to be taking its lead on many social issues from the New York Times. If we didn’t have so many illegal immigrants, our own citizens, currently on welfare, would be learning job skills and becoming productive citizens.