The following comes from a July 3 posting by Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Sometimes a picture says it all. Consider the 1963 picture of fire hoses and snarling police dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, used against African-American students protesting racial segregation. Surely not our civil servants at their best.
Or the 1972 picture of the little girl in North Vietnam running terrified and naked with burning skin after South Vietnamese planes accidentally dropped napalm on Trang Bang, which had been occupied by North Vietnamese troops. The world then saw how war could hurt children.
Now, in 2014, we see citizens of Murrieta, California, turning back buses of women and children headed for a federal processing center, a day after Mayor Alan Long told them to let the government know they opposed its decision to move recent undocumented immigrants to the local Border Patrol station.
The first two images helped turn the tide when they awakened U.S. citizens to a shameful tragedy. We know the aftermath. The Congress 50 years ago passed Civil Rights legislation to guarantee basic human and equal rights for minorities that Civil Rights workers fought (and some died) for. We pulled out of Vietnam, a war we could not win.
We now await a moral conscience moment in the welcoming of children and others escaping the violence in such countries as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Parents and children from these countries have made the difficult decision to leave their homes and have endured dangerous journeys to cross the U.S.-Mexican border. They risk it because the possible horrors of the treacherous migration, such as trafficking, abuse and even death in the desert, still look better than the almost sure death by gang violence at home.
Some hopes exist already. Contrast the mob in Murrieta, with the people of Brownsville and McAllen, Texas. There Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley offers welcome centers at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen and Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville. The youngest guest: a one-day-old baby girl. The baby and others are being helped by a host of volunteers.
Heroes are emerging. First might be Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ (Missionaries of Jesus), executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. She is convening the local faith communities to address the problem and organizing the local populace to collect food, medicine, children’s sweaters and hoodies, men’s sneakers, and women’s socks and underwear. The city of McAllen is collaborating by providing portable shower facilities and tents for overnight stays.
Another is Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville. He gets the problem. On his social media blog, he notes: “What we are seeing unfold in front of our eyes is a humanitarian and refuge reality, not an immigration problem.” He adds that “the Church must respond in the best way we can to the human need” and says “at the same time we ask our government to act responsibly to address the reality of migrant refugees. A hemispheric response is needed, not a simple border response. And we ask the government to protect the church’s freedom to serve people.”
Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, spoke before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in late June. He called the number of children crossing the US-Mexico border “a test of the moral character” of our nation. “We must not fail this test,” he said.
Right now, the welcoming community of Brownsville and surrounding communities are acing the test. In Murrieta, the mayor and the citizens who drove back the buses need to study more. President Obama looks for ways to return the children to their perilous homeland. The U.S. Congress sits on its hands. To prepare for the test of moral character, protesters in Murrieta, the President and the Congress, might hit the books, especially the New Testament. A place to start is Matthew 25, where Jesus states: “Whatever you do for these, the least of my brethren, you do also for me.”
To read the original posting, click here.
Sister Mary Ann Walsh is a member of the Northeast Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are members of the heretical LCWR. (Leadership Conference of Women Religious).
Why is she still at the USCCB ?
LCRW stands for Leadership Conference of Woman Religious. It is open to the principle administrators of congregations of women religious in the US. Sister Mary Ann Walsh is not a member of LCRW.
She is a member of “Sisters of Mercy of the America”. The leadership of her Order is very active in the LCWR.
If she was faithful to the Church, Mary Ann, would denounce her Order and change to an Order that is Faithful to the Church.
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas do not adhere to the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” in entirety.
You failed to address whether her CONGREGATION is a member of the heretical LCWR.
She will be quitting the USCCB soon for ….(drumroll) America magazine – the Jesuit publication.
No mention by Sister of what the Church actually teaches in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“2241 Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, MAY MAKE THE EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT TO IMMIGRATE SUBJECT TO VARIOUS JURIDICAL CONDITIONS …. IMMIGRANTS ARE OBLIGATED to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them [and] TO OBEY ITS LAWS.”
Where are the US Bishops and their Mexican and Central American Counterparts – regarding the duties of PARENTS (as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church)?
Where are the Bishops regarding the splitting up of Families?
Where are the Bishops regarding gang, and drug runners in these thousands of children”?
Where are the Bishops regarding sending funds to the poor in Diocese in Central America?
I give up. Where?
OBAMA is the one who help set up this crisis –
In January of 2014 Obama’s HHS went out for bids for juvenile transport of 65,000 alien children.
This is for 2 reasons –
1) To draw attention away from OBAMA and his Democrats bad deeds prior to the the upcoming mid-term election;
2) to overwhelm government services – right out of the marxist Saul Alinsky book – “Rules for Radicals”.
You got that right.
Now OBAMA wants another unbudgeted $4 Billion to take care of these illegal kids.
(He wants to ruin this Country financially.)
Why hasn’t OBAMA been doing his job all along with border security?
He has been in office since Jan, 2009.
There are no excuses for his dereliction of duty.
He’s guilty of so many crimes, corruption , lies and incompetency . He makes even Nixon look good! He even makes Putin look good! At this point, I’d take Ghenghis Kahn …at least he was more honest about wanting to rape and pillage everyone, Ted.
For this USCCB/ LCWR type Nun to draw parallels between black Americans who were American citizens, to ILLEGALS who are breaking our Laws ( – and they are NOT being persecuted for religious or political reasons -)
apparently she thinks none of us have read the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition”.
CCC: ” 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.
Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ DUTIES
toward their country of adoption.
Immigrants are OBLIGED to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to OBEY ITS LAWS and to assist in CARRYING out CIVIC DUTIES.”
OBEY LAWS includes immigration laws.
Prosperous Nation? – $17.5 TRILLION Dollars in debt ;
With many States Billions of dollars in debt.
In addition we have child labor laws in the USA – does she want those laws broken?
Why doesn’t the Nun MaryAnn Walsh give up her cushy job at the USCCB in Washington DC, role up her sleeves and assist all the ILLEGAL sick children at the border states?
Actions speak louder than words.
OBAMA has created a mess on purpose.
He must immediately stop ALLl aid to those Countries who refuse to take their own citizen children back.
Immigration crisis: Tuberculosis spreading at camps
One thing about visiting this site: the reactions are usually quite predicatable.
I’m not wrong again …..
It’s one of the few times you’re not wrong, Mr. McCrea! You’re completely predictable, as well. ;o)
Their site wouldn’t publish my response to this article which, it seems to me, is an attempt to squash any dissenting opinions.
I took exception to Sister’s use of Vietnam as an example of how the U.S. is such a bad place. If she understood some of the things the Viet Cong did, perhaps she might also understand why the war was winnable – look at the communist government in Vietnam today and the things they have done and are doing to their populace.
As for what amounts to Amnesty II, the bishops have latched on to a topic which they are more than willing to pontificate on. In this country, anyone who abandons their children are likely to go to jail. What the bishops want is the reverse – let everyone come in and make them all citizens (eventually) – and let’s spend the $4 billion that Obama will find from somewhere, though there are now so many who can’t find jobs that the government doesn’t even count them anymore.
The bishops can’t even mind their own dioceses, what makes them think they can do something on a larger scale?
Should the U.S. open its borders to all people from foreign countries who want to come here? Should all the girls and women of the Somalia come to the U.S. because rebels have kidnapped some of them? Should all the young girls in African and some Middle East countries come to the U.S. to avoid genital mutilation? Should all the girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan come to the U.S. because they may not be allowed to attend schools in those countries? Who is going to pay to feed, clothe, provide medical care, provide housing and education for these people, most of whom do not speak English and have no job skills? There is high unemployment in the U.S. and this will drastically increase the unemployment rolls. Obama has refused to close our borders. A nation that has no control of its borders is no longer a sovereign nation.
What does Sister have to say about the opulent multi-million-dollar USCCB headquarters in Washington DC? And the multi-million-dollar annual budget of the behemoth USCCB salaried bureaucracy? When is the USCCB going to sell its opulent building and give the proceeds to the Mexican children?
This is just one more example of today’s failing , faililng Church in which they ‘hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil’ except when it comes to immigration. Immigration, immigration I’m sick of hearing about it from the Church, while they are totally next to silent on the very issues that’s destroying western civilization and American society. Homosexuality, abortion, pornography, Catholic apostates and herectics and many other things that can all lead you to Hell while immigration does not have that consquence. It’s no wonder that many people are leaving the Church even though some as Catholics support abortion and gay marriage. The Church’s cowardly silence by its bishops and priests is leading many to accept evil because they do not counter the messages constantly driven by this now evil wicked society and its medias. We hear nothing so it must be okay?
This article always brings out the conspiracy folks, doesn’t it? Let us take a look at who is coming across the border in this instance. About 50,000 children have come to the US out of fear for their lives back in Central America. What should we do with these refugees? What do other countries do with refugees? How about the millions that have gone to Turkey and Jordan in the last year? These young children who are coming here, some with their babies, cannot be processed because we don’t have the money for judges and refugee centers. So, what are we to do? How does one close a border as long as ours? We build fences and people climb over them. We increase boarder patrols and people come in around them. Hundreds are found dead each year in the vast dead territory between us and Mexico. Playing the “illegal” card doesn’t work for these children. Processing stations are too small. I don’t have the answer to this problem, but I know that being mean to them is not the answer. We need more Catholic Charity boots on the ground to take care of them. We need medical supplies, etc. All of that takes money. If you want more guards on the border, it takes a billion dollars. If you want more fences, it takes billions of dollars. Even if all of the right things had been done over the last two administrations, it would not have prevented the surge in immigrants. The life in Honduras and some other Central American countries is too unsafe. Kids are willing to walk for weeks to escape. I suggest that the first step in the process might be to recognize these kids as refugees rather than illegals.
Now the latest, “MS-13 and 18th Street gangs are actively recruiting new members at our detention centers” and using Red Cross phones to sign-up. Figures.
If parents abandoned their kids here, they’d be arrested on a whole list of charges – and rightfully so. And then you read about some of these kids meeting up with a illegal parent already here.
This administration has ignored the drugs and illegal immigration since it came into office and it’s time to pay the piper – Obama asking for $4b is probably just the tip of the iceberg.
A typical bleeding heart liberal Bob One response. This entire series of events has been run by the criminals in Washington. There are TV and Radio commercials running in El Salvador and other central american countries encouraging parents to send their kids to the US, as they will not be deported. I do feel bad for these children as they have become pawns in a political game being played by Pharoh Obama. Besides the kids coming in who knows who else is criminals and terrorist I’m sure are in the lot. SEAL THE BORDER NOW!!!!! stop the leak then deal with flood….
Extra extra, Mexico has just signed an accord to facilitate these people coming through Mexico to the U.S. Cloward/Priven anybody!
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
The accord I wrote about above is between Mexico and the other countries south of them. Mexico is giving them temporary passes so that they can cross Mexico and come to help destroy America as Obama plans.
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
OK, Canisius, lets SEAL THE BORDER NOW! How do we do that? Some perspective might help our thinking about this. The distance from Boston to Miami is 1,257 miles. How would you seal a border that long? The Mexico-U.S. border is 1,993 miles. How do you seal a border that long? Thank God the Canadians aren’t invading. That border is over 5,000 miles long. Let’s build a fence-nearly 2,000 miles long? Let’s increase the border patrol to one officer/half mile – 4000 officers times three shifts plus 4000 tanks, machine guns, etc? The numbers are staggering. How would you seal the Border?
Bob One answer pull our forces from place likes Germany and Japan which in reality no longer need to be there. Your snide response is typical of liberals..That’s right build a fence that is 2000 miles.. you think it cannot be done? We put a man on the moon and built the Erie and Panama canals which were far greater undertakings. But people like you Bob One, do not want it done, you think we should accept every poor, unskilled, illiterate person that walks across the Rio Grande. Guess who else is coming over members of the deadly MS-13 gang and Sinaloa Cartel, Do you think at the very least our government’s first job should be to protect its citizens from the likes of people such as them It will take a catastrophic event perhaps another major terrorist event in place like Houston or Dallas for you moronic liberals to wake up..even then I doubt your will.. SEAL THE BORDER NOW!!! Crush liberal influences …SEAL THE BORDER NOW.
I didn’t mean to be snide. I just didn’t and still don’t think we can build and patrol a border that long. I agree with transfer of troops to the border from places they are not needed. Since Russia is no longer threatening European countries, we can lower our defense there. North Korea has cowered to the whims of the rest of the world, so we don’t need out troops in Japan. All we really need is for Congress to appropriate the money to build the wall/fence and provide for more border patrols. If President Obama asks for the money, they will never approve the bill.
Nine Steps to SEAL the BORDER –
1) Move the Border Patrol to the border, not the current 45 miles inland;
2) Move all detention centers to the boarder only – fenced in areas, tents only, not intended for comfort;
3) Call up the National Guard of all the Border States (at Federal expense);
4) Build a fence at the border like Israel has at the West Bank and the Gaza strip, using Federal Prisoners for general labor, and Federal dollars (get similar fence design from the Israelis; Start the fence at the areas of current highest impact);
5) Use drones with night vision to assist Border Patrols and National Guard in border protection.
6) When found blow up all tunnels.
7) Immediately deport anyone who tries to come across illegally;
8.) Stop all foreign aid to Countries whose citizens who try to enter illegally;
9) Void all trade agreements with Countries whose citizens try to enter illegally.
(8 & 9 are an incentive to have Countries patrol their own borders.)
This will slow ILLEGAL immigration; ILLEGAL trade; ILLEGAL drug trade; ILLEGAL sex trade; breaking up of families located in foreign countries.
Bob One, you’ve hit on an important point. International law and treaties make an important distinction between immigrants and refugees. So far as I know, the passages everyone cites from CCD and other places about immigrants seem completely unrelated to any notion of refugees. We are always asked in the Scriptures to care for the stranger. If ever there were strangers in our midst, it would seem to me that refugees qualify. Especially when those refugees seek refuge from war, terror, sexworker traffickers, or drug lords.
The illegals crossing the border are not “refugees”, as there is no “war” raging in Guatemala, Honduras, or anywhere else in Central or South America, nor is there a communist government there. Not even your sodomite-abortionist pals in Washington call them refugees. They’re immigrants, but unlike the ones who entered at Ellis Island, these are ILLEGAL immigrants who flout U.S. law.
Moreover, even if they were “refugees” from war, that status would not give them the legal right to enter willy-nilly the country of their choosing: they would still have to enter that country LEGALLY. Even refugees from Cuba’s oppressive communist government cannot enter the U.S. freely – under U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW, they must actually reach land, otherwise they are sent back to Cuba.
juergensen, despite your trying to turn this discussion into something about the gays, I will ignore you and return kindly to the discussion at hand. You are actually correct that these kids do not meet the formal legal definition of refugees, at least that is what I am told. They are seeking refuge from violence and almost civil war conditions. I think we would sometimes do better to listen with our hearts than with our heads.
Refugees are those who are being persecuted by their own government for Religious or Political reasons and are granted asylum,
or temporary only asylum in case of war.
ILLEGAL immigrants do not fall into this category.
These are law breakers.
Okay Bob while we’re at it why not take all the kids from Syria,Iraq, Gaza, Somilia and a host of other unsafe places along with these kids and send them to Chicago. I’m sure they have a lot of medical supplies there. One of the answers to this problem is for this nation to get tough with the corrupt Mexican government which is allowing this crime to go on and happen against the American people and nation. It’s long overdue and while you’re at it Bob send your Church donations to the Central American Catholic Church specifying it’s for children.
Sooooo many good things have been written by the respondents to this article. Let’s not forget the athiest Saul Alinsky dedicated Rules for Radicals to Satan. What a great guy! All we have is prayers, folks….lots of prayers. Try to get your neighbors to vote in a responsible manner. PLEASE, go see Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, America. Tell the people who voted for Obama to go see this movie.
@Pro-life Nana, thank you for reminding us of the writings of Marxist/communist SAUL ALINSKI who dedicated his book to LUCIFER –
” RULES for RADICALS “,
which schools one on how to bring down a government by overwhelming government services, plus much more.
Both OBAMA and HILLARY have studied this book.
Drug traffickers, Sex traffickers, Gangs, etc, are also in the USA – make no mistake about it.
” A REFUGEE is a person who is outside their home country because they have suffered (or feared) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted social category of persons or because they are fleeing a war.
Such a person may be called an ‘asylum seeker’ until recognized by the state where they make a claim.”
“IMMIGRATION is the movement of people into another country or region to which they are not native in order to settle there, especially permanently.”
According to the CCC, IMMIGRANTS are required to OBEY LAWS, and assist in carrying civil burden, not create or add to a civic burden.
CCC # 2241.
Today’s ILLEGAL immigrants in the USA are not refugees per definition.
There is ZERO evidence that these children fear for their lives, as FALSELY stated by Bob One.
He has PROVED nothing. He has provided no links to any official government documentation.
Bob One merely makes wild accusations to support his political goals.
These children should be flown back immediately to the Country of which they are Citizens.
And united with their families.
Television and billboard ads should be paid for by the US Government, that everyone entering the US ILLEGALLY will be prosecuted and returned to their Country of origin. And that the US only accepts LEGAL immigrants.
Manny, I have no political agenda. I simply hope that our government will treat these children with kindness and help them in their plight. To imply that there is no reason for these children to come to the U.S. is simply to ignore what is going on in the world. If you read the newspapers, search the internet and listen to the news on the radio and television, it is impossible to suggest that there is no need for people flee for their own safety. A couple of stories caught my eye recently:
I hope this helps a bit. I don’t have the answers, but I do know that as Catholics and as Americans we cannot ignore the plight of these kids.
Bob One should the United States be the new dumping ground for the world’s poor. Everyone of your links goes directly to a leftist publication.. no surprise
You consider the Washington Post a liberal paper? It is the voice of the right. The Desert Sun is a local paper from the southern part of the country, and American Progress is a moderate brain trust. Should I have relied on news from Current Events or Rush?
Washington Post voice of the Right….I guess your consider the Workers Daily moderate democrat….BTW American Progress admits right on its website to a “progressive ie communist organization…
Canisius, maybe the answer is yes we should be the “dumping ground for the world’s poor”, though I would hardly refer to people as worthy of a dump. Consider Lady Liberty. I hope you won’t claim that she is only a reference to European poor!
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Not surprised coming from a Leftist….more poor and illiterate who drive wages down even further..of course your implied accusations of racism are also typical.. considering I married a latina that just wouldn’t work now would it???.. and no we should not be the dumping ground for the worlds poor.. Maybe when there is mushroom cloud over Houston you will understand that the border should be SEALED NOW
YFC are you accusing me of racism with your comments..
Yes, and all these immigrants met certain requirements or they were not allowed entry and there were quotas to protect the immigrants from creating too much stress on the economy. Anyone with a brain knows it takes time to assimilate and naturalize people to acculturation and to protect the sovereignty and viability of our country. If America laws and borders aren’t protected there will be anarchy…somehow lying, breaking the law and completely disregarding Church teaching and the Bible is okay with liberals. This out-of-control anti-American regime is doing all it can to bring us all down and the liberals cry “bring it on,baby!” And none of you libs give a thought for these poor helpless children being dumped in buses and bandied about the country like so much garbage with no parents, no protection!! This is Christian charity? You should be ashamed to support such callous heartlessness. What’s going to happen to these kids, have you thought of that?
Ever wonder why the USCCB is so very active regarding ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, – yet not so much on Intrinsic Evils and Saving Souls?
Or why they seem to cater to politicians who support intrinsic evils ?
Most of the USCCB’s money comes from FEDERAL Grants to the USCCB for these purposes.
Should the Catholic Church work for the Federal Government?
very sobering points Pete…..such a lost generation of shepherds
I pray for the welfare of the “little ones” who have gotten mired-up in this hornets nest. What a complete mess. Comparing this “government manipulation” of “herding innocents” to Birmingham and Vietnam is insane……as insane as this situation is.
Canisius, this is the first time I have heard of the Statue of Liberty referred to as Leftist! It finally dawned on me. You have been pulling our legs the whole while, trying to get a rise out of us, and succeeding for the most part. Bravo! But no more. No Catholic American can possibly believe what you have been saying on this thread.
” No Catholic American can possibly believe what you have been saying on this thread.”….then they are fools…I mean everything…everything I write here….or do you think I am racist as well because I think we as a sovereign nation have right to a secure border even if that means sealing it
Bob One…I was addressing YFC accusing me of racism…not the Statue of Liberty
Read about UTEP….
Today Pope Francis said that we Americans must welcome the immigrants who are coming across our borders and take care of them. He has spoken!
Yes and Pope Francis is wrong…if I am ever at the Vatican I will ask him if he will loan us some of his Swiss Guard to protect US citizens from MS-13 gang members and the Cartels….The end result of this calculated and coordinated act will be the final destruction of the US, which is what the Left has always wanted. I hope for Military coup and imprisonment of leaders of the Democrat/Communist party
In his statement on July 14, the pope explicitly said that the international community must press those countries involved to “inform the public of the dangers of the trip north and to promote development of the migrants’ countries of origin.” That is not exactly the equivalent of admonishing Americans that we need to welcome the world to our shores. Yes, the pope says we need to “help” these people, but he has never said that we need to retain them.