Violence on the Border, Immigration, and the Mission of the Church

September 25, 2011

By The Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D., Bishop of Brownsville
Mexican American Catholic College, San Antonio, Texas
October 19, 2011

No Catholic seeks to impose Catholic worship on anyone. But because The Lord said that WE (believers) must love our neighbor as ourselves, and that this commandment cannot be separated from the love and loyalty we owe to God, we can never act as if our faith has nothing to do with the general welfare of our brothers and sisters and the wider community. When we speak about immigration, the death penalty, adequate health care for the vulnerable and the elderly, and the dignity of the child in the womb, we are speaking from our consciences as human beings and as believers. It is a human concern that is made all the more powerful and impressive upon our conscience by virtue of our faith in the God made flesh.

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