Press Releases

November 2019

November 15, 2019 - Statement from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Following the 2019 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Fall General Assembly

November 12, 2019 - "The Word Was Made Flesh and Dwelt Among Us": Archdiocese of St. Louis Offers Advent Faith-Formation Oportunity

October 2019

October 29, 2019 - Media Alert: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to Offer Blessing for Border Mass Pilgrims

September 2019

September 13, 2019 - Statement from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis Regarding Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s Report on Clergy Abuse in the State of Missouri

September 10, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Urges Parishes to Participate in Weekend Mass Collections for Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

August 2019

August 5, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Offers Prayers, Support for Victims of Terror in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

July 2019

July 26, 2019 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Releases List of Clergy with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

June 2019

June 29, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Has Submitted Letter of Retirement to Pope Francis 

May 2019

May 24, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Commends Governor Mike Parson for Signing the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act”

May 23, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Offers Prayers, Support for Storm Victims

May 17, 2019 - Archbishop Robert Carlson's Response to the Passage of House Bill 126: Missouri Stands for the Unborn 

May 9, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Statement on Pope Francis' New Mandate on Reporting Abuse

May 6, 2019 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Hires New High School Superintendent, Dr. Todd Sweda

April 2019

April 15, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, Update on Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral)

 

Press Releases > ARCHBISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION AND THOSE SEEKING PROTECTION
ARCHBISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION AND THOSE SEEKING PROTECTION

ARCHBISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION AND THOSE SEEKING PROTECTION


November 7, 2018

As bishop and pastor to our immigrant community and local Church, I have been attentive to the news of our brothers and sisters who are currently moving closer to our U.S. border seeking protection and a humane response. Sadly, we are seeing, once again, a rise of anti-immigrant attitudes and rhetoric that actively seeks to foster fear mongering and hate towards people who are vulnerable and in need of compassion.

As I have stated before in my pastoral statements on immigration, our pastoral accompaniment with the immigrant community has taught us to recognize the root causes of migration, especially those associated with state-sanctioned violence, gang recruitment, poverty, and lack of educational opportunities. Rooted in our Christian vocation to be agents of justice and peace, we must denounce any attitudes, words or actions that denigrate the dignity of the human person and demonize people.As a Catholic faith community, we recognize the rights of governments to protect their borders and citizens, but we know that such noble pursuits cannot be done at the expense of doing violence to the inherent dignity of the human person. As this current situation continues to unfold, we look to the U.S. bishops’ affirmation “that seeking asylum is not a crime. We urge all governments to abide by international law and existing domestic laws that protect those seeking safe haven and ensure that all those who are returned to their home country are protected and repatriated safely” (Statement of the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration and Presidents of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, Oct 29, 2018).

As Catholic citizens of this country, we remain committed to the pursuit of the common good and to our American values of hospitality, care for the vulnerable, and the rule of law. Indeed, our own history as a nation of immigrants has taught us that when we appeal to the best in us, our society becomes a beacon of hope and prosperity. In this steadfast spirit of compassionate advocacy and faithful solidarity (MT 25: 31-46), let us do our best to welcome and serve the stranger.

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