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Pioneer Press: Bishop Andrew Cozzens – Immigration reform: a human rights test that provides opportunity for American renewal

(by Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens)
July 23, 2014

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Minnesota and around the United States have long been concerned about the nation’s immigration policy. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not promote the common good. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence to the U.S./Mexican border is a deeply troubling reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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New Ulm Journal: Bishop John M. LeVoir – Plight of immigrants demands a response

(by Bishop John M. LeVoir)
July 20, 2014

Comprehensive immigration reform is a moral imperative, and one which should not be delayed any longer. Our immigration system lacks a solid moral foundation based on human dignity and is taking a deep toll on immigrants, their families, and our communities. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not serve the good of all Americans. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence in their countries of origin to the U.S./Mexican border is a stark reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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The Bemidji Pioneer: Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner – America must meet this human rights test

(by Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner)
July 19, 2014

Our nation’s immigration system is broken. It is inconsistent, ineffective and does not serve the common good. On this point, people across the political spectrum are in agreement.

The question is, what are we going to do about it, especially as thousands of children are coming across the border into the United States due to the stark violence in their countries of origin?

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Post-Bulletin: Bishop John M. Quinn – Inaction is not the answer for U.S. immigration reform

(by Bishop John M. Quinn)
July 18, 2014

Pope Francis recently said “the measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need.” Today, undocumented children and families — who are our neighbors, service providers, co-workers and friends — are among those most in need.

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Duluth News Tribune: Bishop’s view: Immigration in America: A lost sense of responsibility?

(by Bishop Paul D. Sirba)
July 18, 2014

Congress is nearing the end of its term and, as of yet, has not enacted a comprehensive immigration reform package that creates a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. Compounding the issue is the current humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border with the influx of unaccompanied children, some as young as 5 years old, in search of safety from the violence plaguing their countries of origin.

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Catholic Spirit: Environmental debates need prudence, principles

(by Jason Adkins)
July 16, 2014

Americans are more conscious than ever of their responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. Years of successful public relations campaigns and the work of tireless activists have ensured that protecting Creation is at the forefront of public discourse.

Yet, the debates over some of the biggest environmental challenges — climate change, hydraulic fracking, soil and water contamination, air quality, sustainable agriculture, the global competition for scarce natural resources — seem to be dominated by false choices, as though being stewards of the created order and fostering a proper “human ecology” is a zero-sum game.

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News Release (USCCB): ‘More Respect for Religious Freedom’ Needed After Failed Senate Vote to Curtail It

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2014)—Today the U.S. Senate voted against considering S. 2578, a bill empowering the federal government to override the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal conscience laws when it mandates including any “item or service” in health plans.

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Jason Adkins on Relevant Radio – Immigration Reform and Religious Liberty

Jason Adkins spoke with Relevant Radio’s Glen Levern on June 26, 2014 about “Immigration Reform and the Religious Freedom to Serve.”

Click on the link below and go to the June 2014 calendar page (use “previous” button on upper left side of page). Find June 26 and click on the Hour 1 “stream” link. Fr. Tad Pacholczyk speaks first, followed by Jason Adkins.



New York Post: A vital win for religious freedom

(by Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, President of USCCB)
June 30, 2014

Pope Francis recently emphasized that “religious freedom is not simply freedom of thought or private worship. It is the freedom to live according to ethical principles, both privately and publicly.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court recognized this basic freedom in the Hobby Lobby case, upholding the rights of Americans to live out their faith in daily life, through the closely held businesses they run.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB President, Diverse Religious Leaders Come Together To Urge Congress To Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act

RFRA passed in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support
All religious faiths, including the most vulnerable, protected by federal law
Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2014)—A coalition of leaders of diverse U.S. religious denominations and faiths, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced that they “are united in [their] staunch support” for protecting the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support in 1993. The coalition sent a letter to Congressional leadership June 30 asking that they “not amend or repeal RFRA, one of our nation’s most vital legal protections for the religious freedom and rights of conscience of every person of every faith.”

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