Fratelli Tutti 130: Fifteen Steps

It’s an undeniable fact of a fallen world that people are threatened by sinful persons, groups, and situations. Here’s a bullet point list (points mine, list Pope Francis’) of what we can offer:

130. This implies taking certain indispensable steps, especially in response to those who are fleeing grave humanitarian crises. As examples, we may cite:

  • increasing and simplifying the granting of visas;
  • adopting programs of individual and community sponsorship;
  • opening humanitarian corridors for the most vulnerable refugees;
  • providing suitable and dignified housing;
  • guaranteeing personal security and access to basic services;
  • ensuring adequate consular assistance and the right to retain personal identity documents;
  • equitable access to the justice system;
  • the possibility of opening bank accounts and the guarantee of the minimum needed to survive;
  • freedom of movement and the possibility of employment;
  • protecting minors and ensuring their regular access to education;
  • providing for programs of temporary guardianship or shelter;
  • guaranteeing religious freedom;
  • promoting integration into society;
  • supporting the reuniting of families;
  • and preparing local communities for the process of integration.[Cf. Message for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees(14 January 2018): AAS 109 (2017), 918-923]

Here in the US, we are uniquely prepared to offer most or all of these. Churches are quite willing–I’ve seen #2, #4 effectively addressed. Resources we do not lack nationally or in local communities. What is lacking? The will, and in some cases, the intelligence to see the value in these virtues. 

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