“I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me….”

A former classmate and friend of mine from my Roman days is now the bishop of Little Rock, Bishop Tony Taylor.  Bishop Tony has always been an advocate for the poor, even as he and I worked in the Trastevere area of Rome over 30 years ago.  He continues to advocate strongly, especially for the immigrant.

He just issued his first pastoral letter to the people of his diocese, entitled:“I Was a Stranger and  You Welcomed Me…. A Pastoral Letter on the Human Rights of Immigrants“.  In it, he directly addresses the injustices rendered to those immigrating to our country from Mexico.  From Scripture, from current socio-economic and geo-political circumstances, from the US Declaration of Independence, from the US Constitution, from papal teaching and documents, and from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Bishop Taylor advocates for the human rights and obligations of the immigrant. 

His references to Scripture are particularly powerful. 

His arguments from a political and  economic viewpoint are substantial.  A worthy document for all of us to read and ponder.

Good job, Bishop Tony.   God bless you!

To read the entire letter, log on to:  www.dolr.org/bishop/iwasastrangerpastoralletter.php and note the pdf file you can click on mid-article.

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