IMMIGRATION REFORM

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
  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.
ARCHBISHOP’S TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

September 11 & October 12, 2006

Archbishop Chaput warmly invites the faith community to two additional town hall meetings for a public discussion of immigration reform in light of Catholic social teaching. Please see the schedule below:

El Monseñor Chaput coordialmente invita a la comunidad de fe a 2 juntas donde se discutirán temas de inmigración a la luz de la enseñanza social de la iglesia. Por favor ver el horario debajo:

Monday, September 11 – Western Slope region
7 p.m.
St. Clare of Assisi Parish
Edwards, CO.
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Thursday, October 12 – Eastern Plains region
St. Anthony Parish
Sterling, CO
7 p.m
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For more information, please call the Archdiocese of Denver's Office of Social Concerns at (303) 715-3220

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS
To take legislative action on this issue, please contact the Colorado Catholic Conference at (303) 894-8808 or visit them on the web at http://www.cocatholicconference.org/

PRAYER:
To assist in prayerful meditation on comprehensive immigration reform, please consider the following:

Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
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Justice for Immigrants bilingual prayer card download


Statements by Catholic Leadership:

Archbishop Chaput & Bishop Sheridan: Let goodwill drive the discussion (7.6.06)

Statement by Colorado bishops regarding May 1 walk-out (4.28.06)

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Catholic voice critical on immigration reform, statute of limitation bills (4.5.06)

Archbishop José H. Gomez: San Antonio an example of acceptance, diversity (4.05.06)

Colorado Bishops Call for Greater understanding of Migrant Issue (3.17.06)

En espanol, Llamado de los Obispos Católicos de Colorado para un mejor entendimiento de los asuntos de inmigración (3.17.06)

Colorado Bishops’ Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (3.17.06)

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: On Christmas, compassion, and immigration reform (12.21.05)


Educational Resources:

The Catholic Church in Colorado has used the US Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign as the foundation for all local efforts in the debate. We have listed several pages within the site 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)

Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Addressing the Myths – Learn the Issues
Enforcement of Immigration Laws – Important Principles to Consider


In the Media:

Archbishop appears on PBS’ Newshour with Jim Lehrer: a general discussion of the Church’s involvement in efforts for comprehensive immigration reform (8.15.06)

Calls for May 1 boycott test immigration unity Protest movement splinters on tactic; some fear backlash (4.15.06) Rocky Mountain News

The Permutations of 'Alien'
Linguist Geoff Nunberg comments on how language has shaped the debate over immigration reform
(4.13.06)

“Archdiocese of Denver Parish Workshops: Answering questions about immigration reform” and dated Spring 2006 (4.10.2006)

“Churches jump into debate on illegals” (3.29.06) Rocky Mountain News

“Diverse group pushes Bush to support comprehensive immigration law” (3.23.06) Catholic News Service

“Colorado Catholic bishops: respect, human dignity must presuppose any meaningful immigration reform” (3.20.06) Catholic News Agency

“Archbishop Chaput, live with Caplis” (2.23.06)

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