Christus Vivit 94: The Role of Churches

More citation from the post-synod summary:

94. “Given the varied backgrounds of the Synod Fathers, the discussion of migrants benefited from a great variety of approaches, particularly from countries of departure and countries of arrival.

This, of course, is part of the conversation missing in much of the US these days: speaking with and learning from the viewpoint of Central American nations.

The Church is well-placed, not just the institution, but parishes too:

Grave concern was also expressed by Churches whose members feel forced to escape war and persecution and by others who see in these forced migrations a threat to their survival. The very fact that the Church can embrace all these varied perspectives allows her to play a prophetic role in society with regard to the issue of migration”.[FD 28]

Yes, this is especially needed. It’s why parishes need to speak up for the Gospel values involved with welcoming refugees. What is also important is to ensure young Americans don’t get brainwashed by people with other than moral, ethical, or religious interests:

In a special way, I urge young people not to play into the hands of those who would set them against other young people, newly arrived in their countries, and who would encourage them to view the latter as a threat, and not possessed of the same inalienable dignity as every other human being.

Any comments? Remember that you can access Christus Vivit on this link at the Vatican site.

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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