"The U.S. bishops have backed efforts in Alabama to turn back a state law they say would threaten the Catholic Church's ministry to undocumented immigrants.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chair of the migration committee of the U.S. bishops' conference, offered his "solidarity and support" to Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham, and other religious leaders in the state who are trying to reverse the law.
Archbishop Rodi and several Protestant denominations are seeking relief from a law they say criminalizes parts of the Church's mission and interferes with the free exercise of religion.
"The Catholic Church provides pastoral and social services to all persons, regardless of their immigration status," Archbishop Gomez said Sept. 8. "Our mandate is to provide for the pastoral and social care of all of God's children. Government should not infringe upon that duty, as America's founding fathers made clear in the U.S. Constitution." -Read More...