Posts Tagged ‘United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’

Immigration Reform: Political Winds Blowing Our Way

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Immigration reform may pass this year, predicts Kevin Appleby, director of migration and refugee policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as he speaks with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan on JustLove radio broadcast on April 27.

“Political winds, Mr. Appleby says, “are blowing our way.”

Called the “guru of immigration reform” by Msgr. Sullivan, Mr. Appleby offers an inside perspective on immigration reform’s history, hurdles and likelihood of success.

“We don’t have a system based on the rule of law anymore,” Mr. Appleby says.  “It’s based on chaos.

“At the border we have a sign that says ‘keep out’ but at the workplace we have a sign that says ‘help wanted.’”

Eleven million people live in the shadows and form an underground economy, he added.  Massive deportations divide families and pull parents away from children.  Persons struggling for a better life die as they try to cross the desert.

Solutions have been debated for decades, ever since Congress passed its last major immigration reform bill in 1986.

What’s different now “in a word,” says Mr. Appleby, “is the election; both parties have taken note and realized that the demographics of our country are changing and they need to get out ahead of it.”
Tune in to hear the entire show on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

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Here’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s Statement on the Election of Pope Francis

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Read below the full text of his statement:

 

Pope Francis

Statement on the Election of Our Holy Father, Pope Francis

March 13th, 2013

On this joyous day, I issued a statement in my role as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the election of our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Here is the press release:

STATEMENT ON THE ELECTION OF POPE FRANCIS
CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN OF NEW YORK
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2013

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis, marks a great milestone in our church. As successor to Peter, our first pope, Pope Francis I stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside.

The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him. Intense prayer from all around the world surrounded the election of Pope Francis.

The bishops of the United States thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the inspired choice of the College of Cardinals. With joy in our hearts, we declare “Ad Multos Annos!” (For many years!)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York
President
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Labor Day; Work is more than a Paycheck

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan told more than 500 union members and labor leaders that “work is cooperation with God’s plan for creation,” when he celebrated Labor Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on September 8. Union members served as readers, gift bearers and servers at the mass. Then, as they later marched down Fifth Ave. past the Cathedral for the annual Labor Day Parade, they and others were greeted by the Cardinal and Catholic Charities Executive Director Kevin Sullivan.

Cardinal Dolan’s message recapped the recent Labor Day Statement released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Work is more than a paycheck,” the bishops wrote. “It helps raise our families, develop our potential, share in God’s creation, and contribute to the common good.
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