Immigration Reform: Mass for Immigrants

On Sunday, March 21, Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, celebrated a Mass for Immigrants at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Washington, DC and spoke of transforming the world from a barren desert into an immigrant-friendly garden of opportunity and equality for all. Watch this audio slide show by Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly production assistant and researcher Fabio Lomelino.

  • Gwen

    Interesting that the Catholic Church has rules for its members, but they want to disregard any and all rules for legal immigration into our country. Catholics who break the rules of the church are excommunicated, but we are supposed to welcome those who break our immigration laws.

    Families torn apart? They know the rules, the laws but choose to ignore them and then expect us to welcome them. NO! I see not sympathy for the families of legal citizens when one of those fathers or mothers is jailed. Isn’t this “tearing a family apart”? Or do our legal citizens and their families not deserve more sympathy than illegals?

    They insist on us learning “their” language, while refusing to learn English. They insist on “rights” to which they are not entitled. We pay for social services, medical care, education for illegals.

    I volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul program (no, I am not Catholic) and have absolutely no problem helping the legal immigrants who come to us for help. But I draw the line at the illegals who take the funds and needed food and other help from those who have followed the law and come into our country legally.

  • Poppa150

    The congress and the presidents (of both parties) have dropped the ball. Now “the people” are speaking. Worried? Don’t be.

    Yes, PBS’ commentators pull up their skirts and shriek like little girls, but let’s se what happens on the ground, eh?

    AMERICANS ARE NOTORIOUSLY FAIR and that goes for the police.

  • marie

    Let’s not forget our country’s heritage. America was built on illegal imigration more so than legal imigration. We progressed as a nation by riding on the backs of paupers. Even our recent history reflects a double edged sword. For example, when the tabacco industry took a plunge creating havoc in Mexico’s economy. Instead of doing the right thing, like considering the hardship and granting some form of relief from the tabacco industry to Mexico, we decide to kick em when they’re down. As usual. Big corporation factory farmers welcomed illegal imigrants and employed them for cheap labor. Now that they’re established, how do they handle their faithful, yet, illegal immigrant workers? They rid them by having them arrested and, yes, separated from their families and shipped back to Mexico. Why are so many Americans blind to the big picture? We are a young nation of many trials and errors. Why must we continue to make the same mistakes over and again?

  • shaktinah

    Decade after decade, generation after generation, this country has been built on the backs of immigrants. Our economy depends on their cheap labor. They come in waves depending on what is happening in their part of the world, and no, they did not all come here legally. And every generation, especially when the economy turns sour, has demonized the newest wave . Made claims that “these immigrants are different from the good immigrants of before.” “These immigrants do not want to assimilate,” etc. History always shows them to be the bigots that they are. It’s too bad that Americans don’t learn from their history.

  • David

    Thank you, PBS, for the uplifting video that demonstrates the ability of such an issue to pack (a very large) church. The us should be doing everything that it can to foster robust economies elsewhere, even if it pinches our own economy somewhat (e.g. domestic agricultural subsidies). If the countries that immigrants come from are thriving, they might only be interested in visiting the us to see the grand canyon.