- Mar 29, 2020
One month after Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the head of the Newark archdiocese, led a rally objecting to the removal of Catalino Guerrero, an illegal immigrant and grandfather of four. The custom officials at Newark, New Jersey, approved a one-year stay of removal.
Father James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge,” includes several blurbs from top figures in the Catholic Church’s hierarchy which is a surprising break from the past. This seems to indicate a sea change during the papacy of Pope Francis.
Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said immigration is the “human rights test of our time” and said that having a policy that solely focuses on deportations without addressing reform of the immigration system risks causing “a human rights nightmare.”
Several dozen clergy members, including Cardinal Joseph Tobin, leader of New Jersey’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, led a rally for supporters of Catalino Guerrero who is facing possible deportation ahead of a meeting with federal immigration authorities in New Jersey.
An ethics commission created to investigate accusations of abuse against Luis Fernando Figari had released a report which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder” which was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of persons.”