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Another Pro-Life Issue

Sojomail - April 10, 2014


Another Pro-Life Issue

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Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the closest American prelate to Pope Francis, took nine other bishops to the Mexican-American border for three days of listening to the stories of people who are suffering from America’s horribly broken immigration system. The bishops celebrated a dramatic mass with hundreds of Mexicans, taking communion through slats in the security fence, and laid a wreath at the border commemorating the estimated 6000 people who have died trying to cross.

“We can no longer tolerate the suffering caused by a broken system,” the Cardinal said. “The suffering and death must end.”

When asked how important immigration reform now is to the Catholic Church, O’Malley replied, “It’s another pro-life issue.”

Indeed it is.

Immigration reform is not just an economic issue — although it plays a big role in attracting and retaining talented people who will contribute to our economy. Common-sense immigration reform — as the Cardinal affirmed — is part of a consistent ethic in which all of life is treated as sacred. This includes issues such as abortion, but extends to anything that promotes human flourishing and protects human rights. A consistent life ethic keeps families intact and protects the voiceless. ...


Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners. His book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good, is now available. Watch the Story of the Common Good HERE. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.

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