A delegation of Catholic leaders from across the U.S. visits the Rio Grande Valley.
The group is headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. During their visit to the Valley the clergy visited Casa Padre in Brownsville, U.S. Border Patrol’s processing center, and the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen.
Recently the group met to identify the church’s top issues; among them immigration.
Now the focus is clear for the Catholic leaders, immigrant children separated from their families. The church through the bishops is speaking out.
Bishop Daniel Flores, Diocese of Brownsville, “The message I want to send out is that we can be a nation of laws, and still be a nation of compassion. That’s what we as a church have to keep saying in the public square. There’s no reason why those have to be opposed, and that in some ways… The bishops saw something how that might work out in the future, by coming here.”
Some of the other bishops tell us stopping the separation of families was the first step in the right direction. Yet there is still a long way to go.