The Archdiocese of Denver, in conjunction with the Colorado Catholic Conference - the public policy organization representing the Colorado bishops - and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is seeking to:
1. INFORM the Catholic community on issues surrounding immigration
**NEWS UPDATE: Senate Bill 1639 (formerly 1348) fails passage
"Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, & Immigration Reform Act of 2007" (June 27, 2007)
Click here to read the USCCB's official statement. Despite the bill’s unfortunate failure, the USCCB will remain dedicated to a prayerful pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform. The Justice for Immigrants Campaign, though originally slated to end in 2007, will continue indefinitely in its mission to educate the Catholic community on the difficult issues involved in this heated debate, and to offer spiritual comfort to both the citizen and the immigrant among us.
2. ACTIVATE Catholics, asking them to urge lawmakers to vote for comprehensive immigration reform
3. ENCOURAGE PRAYER for calm and compassionate dialogue about the issues. To assist in prayerful meditation on comprehensive immigration reform, please consider the following:
Looking Archbishop Chaput's commentary? Visit the Archbishop's Corner!
The Archbishop's Corner offers all of Archbishop Chaput's writings arranged according to subject matter, as well as audio recordings of interviews on various issues.
The Catholic Church in Colorado has used the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants Campaign as the foundation for all local efforts in the debate. The pages listed below are just a few of the documents which have been especially instrumental when dialoguing on the issue. However, we encourage you to carefully review the entire site for a full understanding of the Catholic Church's position in this debate:
Justice for Immigrants Campaign for Immigration Reform
launched Spring 2005
Q & A: Church's official position on immigration reform
Catholic Social Teaching & Migration
Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Addressing the Myths - Learn the Issues
Enforcement of Immigration Laws - Important Principles to Consider
In the Media:
In addition to reflections and audio authored directly by Archbishop Chaput, the Archdiocese of Denver highlights several articles considered relevant to the immigration debate. Click here to review them.