Fratelli Tutti 39: Xenophobia

The Holy Father recognizes the problem, not just in the US, but in many other places. Just about every other continent, I think:

39. Then too, “in some host countries, migration causes fear and alarm, often fomented and exploited for political purposes. This can lead to a xenophobic mentality, as people close in on themselves, and it needs to be addressed decisively”.[Christus Vivit 92]

Growing up in an ethnic neighborhood, my child’s eye view was that my peers’ parents were hard-working mainstream members of society. There might have been more than neighborhood rivalries, but I didn’t pick it up. Not to the extent that people didn’t belong or they didn’t deserve to make a living, own a house, or be other than mainstream American:

Migrants are not seen as entitled like others to participate in the life of society, and it is forgotten that they possess the same intrinsic dignity as any person. Hence they ought to be “agents in their own redemption”.[Message for the 2020 World Day of Migrants and Refugees (13 May 2020): L’Osservatore Romano, 16 May 2020, p. 8] 

While Pope Francis suggests that a denial is possible …

No one will ever openly deny that they are human beings, yet in practice, by our decisions and the way we treat them, we can show that we consider them less worthy, less important, less human. For Christians, this way of thinking and acting is unacceptable, since it sets certain political preferences above deep convictions of our faith: the inalienable dignity of each human person regardless of origin, race or religion, and the supreme law of fraternal love.

… the suggestion of it is misplaced in a believer. 

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