Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 20, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The integration of Hispanic immigrants in the United States will not be possible without the commitment of the Catholic Church, said Bishop Jose Gomez to an audience of Catholic leaders in Philadelphia.
Everyone in the Church, not just bishops and priests, will have to work together to help Hispanics integrate into the U.S. Church and society, he said.
The auxiliary bishop of Denver and native Mexican delivered the opening address yesterday at the seventh annual Catholic Leadership Conference. The two-day event gathers representatives of the most important and influential Catholic ministries and organizations in the U.S. It provides an opportunity for Catholic leaders to reflect upon the most important social and ecclesiastic trends.
The theme of this year’s gathering is the challenge Hispanic immigration poses to the U.S. Church.