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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 > Statement of the Peace & Justice Commission in Response to the Current National Discourse on Immigration
Statement of the Peace & Justice Commission in Response to the Current National Discourse on Immigration

Statement of the Peace & Justice Commission in Response to the Current National Discourse on Immigration


ST. LOUIS – As members of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are deeply saddened by the national conversation concerning immigrants and refugees, particularly those coming from south of our nation’s border. They are too often being portrayed as violent criminals who are only interested in coming to the United States to cause harm. However, the vast majority are families fleeing war, violence and poverty in their native lands coming to the United States for a better future.

While our country does have a right to protect its borders, our bishops have taught us that our commitment to the common good and safety cannot rest solely on building a wall. In fact they have noted that, “Construction of such a wall will only make migrants, especially vulnerable women and children, more susceptible to traffickers and smugglers. Additionally, the construction of such a wall destabilizes the many vibrant and beautifully connected communities that live peacefully along the border….We will look to build bridges between people, bridges that allow us to break down the walls of exclusion and exploitation.” (USCCB Committee on Migration January 25, 2017). We believe the national discourse and conversation on immigration should not be driven or limited by the rhetoric about the building of a wall: rather, it should be a conversation on finding ways to help our sisters and brothers in a fair and just manner, while respecting the dignity of the person.

We pray and work with immigrants every day regardless of their legal status. Our immigrant sisters and brothers are members of God’s family who we sit next to at Mass, who are our next door neighbors, who are our work colleagues and who only want to give all children hope for a better tomorrow. May we continue to pray and walk with one another in respect and hope and to build up the unity within God’s family together.