- "Local Parishes, Universal Church, and Living in Minnesota"
(June 16, 2011)
- "But - They're not Catholic"
(June 17, 2011)
- "War, Genocide, Refugees, and a Somali-American Helping Rwandan Refugees"
(June 18, 2011)
1 We really are "catholic" - quite literally universal. I've been over this before:
- " 'American' Names, the Diocese of Little Rock, and Father Agbakwuo
(March 19, 2011)
- "Unity, Diversity, and Being Catholic"
(August 26, 2010)
- "The Catholic Church: Universal. Really"
(April 19, 2010)
Matthew 22:36-40) That's not just the folks next door, or across the street. We're supposed to see everybody as our neighbor:
"Pope Benedict stressed the importance of global leaders welcoming refugees in light of recent violence that's displaced thousands of people in Africa and the Middle East.That's probably 'about' 60 years - the Pontificia Commissio de Spirituali Migratorum atque Itinerantium Cura was set up on March 19, 1970.
" 'I invite the civil authorities and all people of good will to ensure refugees are welcomed and given dignified living conditions as they await the chance to return freely and safely to their own countries,' he said before praying the Angelus on Sunday.
"World Refugee Day is celebrated annually on June 20.
"The celebration this year coincides with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the adoption of the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees.
"Archbishop Antonio Maria Vegliò – head of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People – told Vatican Radio that the commission 'has been assisting millions of refugees over the last 60 years.'..."
(CNA (Catholic News Agency))
May 11, 2010)
St. Damien's a fairly recent example of Catholics who give a rip about folks in need. The lepers on Molokai aren't generally called "refugees," but I think St. Damien was, in a sense, helping refugees: since the lepers had been banished to Molokai - which was at the time seen as a way to keep leprosy from spreading.
Then there was St. Severinus of Noricum, who was born in north Africa around 410, and set up refugee centers to help folks in Europe who were fleeing Attila the Hun.
Besides what my Lord had to say about how we should treat neighbors, I think Catholics have been aware of the needs of refugees partly because Jesus was a refugee Himself, for a while. (January 18, 2011, CathNews Philippines) And there's that whole Matthew 25:35-40 "least of these" thing.
Matthew 25:41-45), helping the poor, the hungry, and others in need isn't altruism so much as 'enlightened self-interest.' I've discussed the apparent futility of altruism before. (March 20, 2011)
Bottom line, as I see it, is that we've got to help folks in need - even if we know that there's a long-term benefit in it for us. Also, please note that I speak with the full authority of "some guy with a blog." I don't speak for the Church.
hip and "immoral."
Which makes about as much sense as the notion that the Catholic Church is vile because it won't say homosexual behavior is just fine - and because some Catholic priests had homosexual relations with parishioners. You can't argue with logic like that.
- "Pedophile Priests! - or - My Mind is Made Up, Don't Confuse Me With the Facts"
(April 11, 2010)
- "Good News from Africa: But Some People Won't Like It"
(March 17, 2009)
- "Sex, Condoms, AIDS, an 'Immoral' Pope, and What Everybody Knows"
(March 17, 2009)
I also think that Africa's problems won't be solved by
- Making sure that Africans stop having "too many" babies
- The "international community" telling 'those Africans' that
- They'd better not have too many nations
- It's immoral for them to export certain minerals
I've harangued about this before:
- "Lemming Tracks: Sudan, Africa, Independence, Unity, and Getting a Grip"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (January 6, 2011)
- " 'Conflict Minerals,' Politics, and Making Sense"
(July 22, 2010)
- "Sustainable African Development: And Swift's Modest Proposal"
(May 6, 2010)
"...One of my ancestors, asked about the family of a young man who had been nosing around her daughter, explained: 'he doesn't have family: he's Irish.' The two got married, anyway...."Maybe 'that's different.' After all, it's been several generations since American businesses had "Irish need not apply" signs in the window - we've even had an Irish president. And that's another topic.
(November 13, 2008)
- "Compassion, Apathy, and This Catholic"
(June 5, 2011)
- footnote 2, on Spartacus and liberation theology
- "Sudan, Darfur: My Take"
(January 8, 2011)
- "Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer Statue, and Central Minnesota"
(July 14, 2010)
- "Zambia: Corruption, Hospitals, and Bishops"
(July 22, 2009)
- "Somali-Americans in Minnesota: According to The New York Times"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (July 12, 2009)
- "Pope urges world leaders to embrace refugees"
CNA (Catholic News Agency) (June 20, 2011)
- "World Day
for Migrants and Refugees"
Holy See Press Office (Updated November 14, 2006)
- "Bilateral and Multilateral Relations of the Holy See"
Vatican.va (Updated: May 31, 2007)
- "Holy See (Vatican City)"
CIA World Factbook (page last updated May 25, 2011)
- Neighbors (not an exhaustive list)
- "Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of
Migrants and Itinerant People"
Pontifical Councils, Vatican.va
- "World Refugee Day" 20 June
Meetings and Events, United Nations
1 "Bilateral and Multilateral Relations of the Holy See," Vatican.va (Updated: May 31, 2007)