Archdiocese Urges Pastors To Preach Virtues Of Immigration Reform

Sep 29, 2013

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is urging pastors and deacons to preach this Sunday on the connection between Catholic social teachings and immigration reform.

Giovanni Madriz is Program Coordinator with the Office of Hispanic Ministry, and says the immigration reform package passed by the U.S. Senate is consistent with Catholic teachings. 

“The bottom line is that justice and mercy have to guide our approach to immigration reform," Madriz says.  "Those principles must be met, must be respected.  Comprehensive immigration reform will be just law, will be merciful.”   

Next weekend, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Office of Hispanic Ministry and Catholic Charities will lead an interfaith march for immigration reform.

The U.S. Senate's immigration reform plan has stalled in the House, where Republican leadership has said it will take a piecemeal approach.   Some members of the GOP controlled House have been critical of the Senate’s plan, saying in part that it doesn’t do enough to tighten border security. 

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