Amnesty and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops


#1

Anyone know if the USCCB has a position on Obama’s plans for executive amnesty?

We have a lot of parishioners both for and against it.

What is there to do if priest becomes vocal in support of Obama’s executive amnesty?


#2

“Amnesty” is a political term that is defined differently by different people.

The Catholic Church’s Position On Immigration Reform can be found here:
usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/churchteachingonimmigrationreform.cfm

The Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration can be found here:

usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/index.cfm

Normally threads in the In the News section require a news link. I will make an exception for this thread and leave it open as long as the posts are charitable.

I am moving the thread to the World News section where politics is normally discussed.


#3

Might I request at least a link to this plan of the president’s from the original poster?


#4

usccb.org/issues-and-acti…tionreform.cfm

Only the portion citing CCC 2241 is Catholic teaching. Despite the page’s title, the page itself is a product of the Migration and Refugee Services/Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a staff organization which is under some episcopal oversight.

The document “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope” cited was not ratified by a 2/3 majority of the episcopal conference, which is a requirement for a teaching document by an episcopal conference.

The Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration can be found here:

usccb.org/issues-and-acti…tion/index.cfm

This page is also a product of the Migration and Refugee Services/Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a staff organization. Several documents cited, including U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Letters and Statements to Congress and the Administration on Immigration Policy and Legislation, are not teaching documents, although they are worth reading to become familiar with some of the perspectives offered and the issues to be considered.


#5

Source, please?

This page is also a product of the Migration and Refugee Services/Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a staff organization. Several documents cited, including U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Letters and Statements to Congress and the Administration on Immigration Policy and Legislation, are not teaching documents, although they are worth reading to become familiar with some of the perspectives offered and the issues to be considered.

Source for this assertion?


#6

An executive order for amnesty is largely hearsay. There is nothing much to discuss.

Personally, I do not see how that action is legal. It won’t happen. :two cents:


#7

I don’t think legality enters into the situation as far as this president is concerned.


#8

10 point amnesty plan??

foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/12/source-obama-to-announce-10-point-immigration-plan-via-exec-action-as-early-as/


#9

Whether the USCCB comes out for or against any particular plan on immigration it is important to understand that this imposes no obligation on us to agree. Determining the best solution to immigration concerns is a political issue no different than determining whether raising the minimum wage is a good or bad idea. The opinions of the clergy on such matters may be interesting but they do not compel us to agree.

What is there to do if priest becomes vocal in support of Obama’s executive amnesty?

Point out to him that he needs to make a clearer distinction between moral issues and political ones, and that it is not proper to present his political preferences as moral choices.

Ender


closed #10

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