April 1, 2014 may go down as the day immigration reform officially became a 'pro-life' cause for the Church in the United States, writes John Allen in The Boston Globe.
In Catholic parlance, certain terms carry weight far beyond their face value meaning. Calling something a 'pro-life' issue, for instance, means not only that it involves the Church’s teaching on the sacredness of human life, but that it merits an investment of blood, sweat, and tears tantamount to the Church’s struggles against abortion and birth control.
In that sense of the term, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, may go down as the day immigration reform officially became a 'pro-life' cause for the Church in the United States.
The liturgy featured an instantly iconic visual of Cardinal O’Malley and Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson distributing communion to outstretched hands from the Mexican side of the border through slats in a 20-foot-high security fence.
Since Cardinal O’Malley profiles as Pope Francis’ closest adviser in the United States, having his weight behind those assertions gives them real force.
(In terms of Church politics, one could perhaps style the other prelates who made up the delegation as well-meaning social justice types who don’t really flex much muscle in the Church. That’s why O’Malley’s presence was vital, because nobody would say that about him).
The bishops didn’t just parachute in for a photo-op. They spent three days on both sides of the border, listening to people who’ve faced staggering hardships.
FULL STORY Immigration reform becomes a Catholic ‘pro-life’ cause (The Boston Globe)