Photo: Sunday Sermon: Immigration Reform
Today’s Sunday sermon across pulpits in the United States will focus on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. The Catholic Church through it’s U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops is making its support for immigration reform known through its thousands of U.S. churches.
The Catholic Church has vowed to “pull out all the stops” in its support of immigration reform. Today’s Sunday sermon is one of the most high profile initiatives that Church is undertaking in support of immigration reform.
Priests will be making the case for immigration reform today as the efforts in Washington, D.C. have stalled. The Church has been an early and consistent supporter of immigration reform and the rights of the undocumented.
A recent study by the Pew Research Center points to the obvious demographics pointing the way for the Church. Almost 60 percent of U.S. Catholics are Latinos and it is the fastest growing segment in the Church today. An overwhelming majority of Hispanics support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. The Catholic Church points out that it also supports immigration reform based on Biblical teachings that speak of humanity and social justice.
The Sunday sermon aims to urge Congressional passage of the legislation that includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented. The church hopes to exert “Catholic” pressure on Republicans who have not come out in support of immigration reform.