Archbishop lauds work of Knights, urges immigration reform [CNA]

"San Antonio, Texas, Aug 6, 2013 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Knights of Columbus’ annual meeting, Texas Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller praised the group for its worldwide charitable work and encouraged continued compassion for immigrants.

The archbishop presided over the Aug. 6 opening Mass for the Knights’ convention at their 131st Annual Supreme Council Meeting in San Antonio.

During his homily, he commended the 1.8 million-member global fraternity, saying the group’s “principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism are vital for the Church and our country.”

The archbishop emphasized the Knights’ 70 million hours of service to charitable causes, including relief work after the devastating Oklahoma tornado and the tragic power plant explosion in West Texas earlier this summer.

Archbishop Garcia-Siller then spoke of the many lights and shadows present in the Transfiguration from the Gospel reading, noting the joy of the disciples at seeing Jesus in his heavenly state - while also hearing the prophesy of Christ’s upcoming Passion and death.

On the location of the Knights’ gathering, he echoed the words of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson by saying that “evangelization, immigration, and the quest for freedom” have shaped the community in San Antonio, making it a “special place” to hold the convention.

“The Church here is alive, and we are growing,” he reflected.

However, while “these are stories of the light,” there are also “many shadows,” found not only in Texas, but throughout the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

“One of the most difficult issues is the constant migration of peoples,” who are often driven from their homelands due to violence, a lack of employment and deep poverty, he said.

The archbishop quoted Pope Francis, saying that “the Church is mother” and that her motherly tenderness and affection is expressed in a special way to those who are “obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration.”

Speaking of the need to reform the current immigration system, which is “clearly broken,” Archbishop Garcia-Siller stated that this “is not a liberal or a conservative issue, a Democratic or a Republican issue.”

“It is an issue for every patriot, every citizen, and every man or woman of faith. It is a human issue, a moral issue. We cannot be indifferent to it.”

He concluded his remarks by touching on the need to “bring the light of the gospel into the hidden places - the desolate places,” specifically to neighborhoods and detention centers.

He thanked the Knights for their work and for all the good that they have done, and encouraged them to follow the words that Pope Francis spoke to the youth during World Youth Day in Rio de Janiero “Go. Do not be afraid. Serve.”

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, told CNA Aug. 6 that the mission of the Knights when it comes to immigration is “definitely growing.”

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One of the most difficult issues is the constant migration of peoples,” who are often driven from their homelands due to violence, a lack of employment and deep poverty,

Poverty is relative, all immigrants are more wealthy than their counterparts of 100 years ago and their prospects where they are from equally enhanced. If they are running from something, it is only because they are not standing and fighting and they have left their “problem” for the rest of us.

IF THEY ARE RUNNING TO A “BETTER” PLACE, MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE THE BETTER PLACE HAS LAWS. If they wanted to uphold such things, they could have done so where they came from. If not, THEN THEY SHOULD BE PREVENTED FROM COMING!

The archbishop quoted Pope Francis, saying that “the Church is mother” and that her motherly tenderness and affection is expressed in a special way to those who are “obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration.”

They are not running to “mother church” they are running to America, and the “affliction” of many are the trips that they take back home to transport their enrichment.

Speaking of the need to reform the current immigration system, which is “clearly broken,”

Correct, NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ALLOWS IMMIGRANTS TO DICTATE ITS IMMIGRATION (OR ANY OTHER) POLICY - NOT EVEN THE VATICAN. The southern border of Mexico looks like Beruit with their efforts to regulate immigration into their country.

Archbishop Garcia-Siller stated that this “is not a liberal or a conservative issue, a Democratic or a Republican issue.”

It has been an issue exploited by the Democratic Party for as long as they have existed. If you live in a Blue State, you are part of the problem. If you have a (D) after your name, the problem is part of you. If America is “yours” to givie away, by logic it is “mine” to take away from you.

“It is an issue for every patriot, every citizen, and every man or woman of faith. It is a human issue, a moral issue. We cannot be indifferent to it.”

Ya.

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