If you’re interested in the issue of immigration reform in particular, or Catholic social teaching in general, you’ll definitely want to listen to the full audio recording of Monday’s conference call with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Jose Gomez, and Bishop John Wester (moderated by Sr. Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB staff). I have not yet found the full text of the call posted anywhere, and if I had time, I’d transcribe at least the highlights here myself.
Suffice it for now to say that my personal favorite is Cardinal Dolan’s comment that immigration reform “isn’t some wild, left-wing cause, this is classic Catholic teaching,” and his calling it “an essential element of Catholic doctrine.” Also impressive was Dolan’s response to the first question about the Boston bombing being an argument against immigration reform. Go, Cardinal.
These bishops are to be acknowledged and thanked for putting the force of their office behind this effort. Rocco is correct to point out that this call represents “a rare, if not unprecedented joint charge” and that they use here “unusually strong language.”
Thanks to Rocco at Whispers for providing the recording. It’s here.