Loading
Denver Archbishop tries to calm immigration nerves, confident U.S. can handle problem

.- On Monday evening, St. Thomas More parish in the south Denver suburb of Centennial was packed with a standing room only crowd who came bearing their concerns over the nation’s growing immigration problem. Archbishop Charles Chaput was on hand to answer questions and reiterate his call for civility and compassion in the heated national debate.

The Archdiocese of Denver called the event a town hall meeting; the second so far in a series aimed at emphasizing “the importance of civil dialogue when discussing comprehensive immigration reform.”

According to the Denver Rocky Mountain News, tensions ran high as the largely Anglo audience expressed fears and concerns ranging from a perceived reluctance to learn English to the effect of immigration on local hospitals and schools.

The crowd also showed its support however, for several immigrant workers who spoke out at the forum.

Greeted by a large round of applause, one audience member said, "My parents came from Mexico…I'm no bum. I've worked since I was an infant. I went to Korea. There are good, hardworking Mexicans."

In an effort to quell fears and confusion, Archbishop Chaput encouraged legitimate debate on all levels. "I think we're all confused," the Archbishop said, encouraging one audience member to articulate her personal concerns to her Mexican friends.
The Archbishop--himself from Native American heritage--added that he believes fear and the 9-11 disaster largely enflamed the immigration problem, but assured, "I think we can manage it. My ancestors - I'm an American Indian - we can handle this; we're a big country."

Asked what the country’s Catholic bishops are doing about the situation in Mexico, where the vast bulk of the U.S.’s illegal immigrants come from, the Archbishop said that "Bishops are encouraging the government not to be corrupt and to create jobs.”

“They're not encouraging people to leave and come here,” he stressed, “and it's not sensible for you to think that they are."

The statewide Colorado Catholic Conference is organizing the forum series. Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs has held a number of similar forums in his own diocese while Pueblo’s Bishop Arthur Tafoya is planning events in that diocese.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
24

Liturgical Calendar

July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Gospel
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Gospel:: Mt 13: 10-17

Saint of the Day

St. Charbel Makhlouf »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Homily
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/21/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: