SoCal Churches Provide Temporary Shelter, "Spiritual Food" for Immigrants

nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Homeland-Security-Bus-Immigrants-Diocese-Rialto-Fontana-Church-266624171.html

Awesome! I hope this will be an impetus for my diocese to jump in and help as well.

The news article doesn’t go into details, but does mention that nearly all of the immigrants, after a short stay in the churches, will be transported to the Midwest. My guess is that some of the Midwest diocese are working with the Diocese of San Bernadino. However, I don’t know for sure.

Does anyone have information about the support these immigrants will receive once they leave southern California?

I don’t know what the future plans are, but here is the bishop’s statement from the San Bernadino Diocese:

sbdiocese.org/NewsMedia/BishopStatements/2014_0703_murrieta.pdf

I am glad to see this. St. Joseph’s Church in Fontana is one of those helping.

Quoting part of it:

This also presents us with an opportunity to refocus and restate our call for comprehensive immigration reform, which would make this kind of displacement of
human beings unnecessary. Please reach out to your elected representatives and remind them that it is within their power and is, in deed, their responsibility to fix this broken immigration system for the good of all God’s people.

Yes, indeed. As bad, and as complicated, as the current situation is, the political impasse at fixing the ongoing problem can not be ignored. We need to pressure our congressional representatives and senators to step up and fix the problem. If they do so, it will benefit the people of the United States, as well as the people of other countries.

The Obama Administration’s Border-Crisis Plan B: Use the Catholic Church

nationalreview.com/articl…-ryan-lovelace

CALIFORNIA CHURCH GIVES ‘TRAVEL CASH’ TO ILLEGAL ALIENS, SENDS THEM EAST

breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/07/10/Church-Gives-Travel-Money-To-Illegal-Aliens

I am hoping for the same thing for my parish and others around the country.

Will I feed and shelter them? Yes, I must…BUT here is where we part company:

This also presents us with an opportunity to refocus and restate our call for comprehensive immigration reform, which would make this kind of displacement of
human beings unnecessary. Please reach out to your elected representatives and remind them that it is within their power and is, in deed, their responsibility to fix this broken immigration system for the good of all God’s people.

I do not believe amnesty is in the best interests of this country; nor do I believe it aids the common good, an essential tenet of authentic social justice. I need not follow the fundamental political agenda of the Democrat party to stay faithful to church teaching, even if the bishops are prone to the left. The means of helping the poor and oppressed are NOT outlined in any teaching and we are to use our prudential judgment in such matters.

Yes. I agree with Tigg. Why is the Catholic Church so permissive towards unauthorized immigration? Could it be so that the Catholic Church maintains its high Latino numbers?

Maybe because they actually believe in loving and helping thy neighbor as thine self.

Then help them where they are. We don’t need to sit here and let our country be taken over economically and culturally, and we can’t let our social services continue to be drained. The only reason why this has gone on so long is because Mexico plays the race card.

They are helping them where they are, that is, Southern California.

Whatever. If these people were from Asian countries, the USA would have no problem deporting them, and there wouldn’t be any media fallout. It’s because Latinos have political and cultural power, that they can play the race card. Each country has a right to control who comes in and out, just like how each person has a right to control who comes in and out of his home.

The USA has Latinos, but it is not a Latino culture like Mexico, Central America, and South America.

On the other hand, maybe we should just sit back. After all, it’s just the borders shifting back to where they were before the Mexican-American War, and it’s not like Obama will send the military to defend the border. We didn’t cross the borders, the borders crossed us, right?

I mean, I think it makes demographic sense for Crimea to become part of Russia, for the peace of both Ukraine and Russia.

You seem to be the only one talking about race. The original article is just about helping people in need (where they are, btw).

The Catholic Church hierarchy as a whole doesn’t necessarily have a permissive attitude towards illegal immigration,its just some of the bishops,especially in America,and Catholic social justice committees. The USCCB,or rather its committees,pretends to speak for all the bishops on social policies. Catholic social justice committees in America are made up of people with liberal and socialist leanings,and they take their cues from the Democratic Party. When the Democratic Party was pushing for government-controlled health care in 1993 and in 2009,the USCCB pushed for it as well. When Paul Ryan presented his budget plan in 2012,the USCCB criticized the plan for its cuts on welfare programs,saying that it would hurt the poor. When the Democrat Party started pushing for comprehensive immigration reform in 2013,the USCCB started doing it as well. And parish committees also started advocating for gun control legislation.

I cannot accept that Democrats are the only Catholics that believe in feeding the hungry and housing the homeless. It seems more of a Jesus thing than a political thing.

la-archdiocese.org/org/oljp/Pages/2014-0720_ImmigrantMass.aspx

Anyone in the Los Angeles area might want to consider attending the Mass for Immigrants this Sunday, July 20th, at the Cathedral. As the above link says:

“There is a time for politics, and a time for prayer. Prayer should always come first. Before all action. Because we want to make sure we are always trying to do God’s will and not our own.”

It puzzles me how we can read the Sermon on the Mount & the Beatitudes and agree wholeheartedly with Our Lord: “Oh yes, Jesus, when you are a stranger in our midst, and hungry and without shelter, we will take you in!” Now when Our Lord comes to us in the form of real people in need from across the border, we become filled with fear and nationalistic pride. His words no longer apply when it really matters.

radiate.la/santotoribio

Also consider viewing the relics of Saint Toribio Romo, the priest who was martyred in Mexico in 1928 and beatified by Pope John Paul II. Many immigrants have made him their unofficial patron saint, since it seems they have no one else to turn to.

People who think the government should be feeding and housing the homeless think along the lines of socialism rather than with the mind of Christ.

The diocese of Los Angeles is not the government.

And no, you do not have the correct definition of socialism. Socialism is not the belief in government aid. It is the belief that the government should exercise direct control over the economy and business and is condemned by the Catholic Church. Bishops are not socialist any more than they could be atheists. It makes no sense.

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