Immigrants & Refugees
Church Teaching on Immigration & Refugees
The Catholic Church in the United States is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance and pastoral care to immigrants, migrants, refugees, and people on the move. Our Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to “welcome the stranger among us,” for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
Three Basic Principles of Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration
Although Catholic theology has always promoted human rights rooted in natural law and God's revelation, it was the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Capital and Labor) in 1891 that developed a systematic presentation of principles of the rights and responsibilities of people. Rerum Novarum commented on the situation of immigrants; in later documents, popes and bishops' conferences have synthesized the Catholic theological tradition to articulate three basic principles on immigration.
Roundtable Discussions on Immigration/Refugee Concerns
Click here to view the results of these discussions and the recommended next steps. Stay tuned for information on your new diocesan VIA Immigration/Refugee Task Force!