Statement on the Jan. 27 executive order issuing a temporary ban on immigrants to the U.S.

View/download the statementEn español


January 30, 2017


Statement of the Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen on the Jan. 27 executive order issuing a temporary ban on immigrants to the U.S.

When it comes to the treatment of immigrants and refugees, the Diocese of Metuchen remains committed to following the principals of the Gospel message as reflected in Catholic Social Teaching. As a faith community, we will continue to reach out to those in our local communities who are most in need and to serve our neighbors regardless of background, ethnicity, race or religion.
Our Catholic Charities has provided legal and other services to individuals and families – both Christians and Muslims – and will continue to assist those in need.   Our diocesan staff members continue to consider ways to support local refugee resettlement efforts.  I urge all sides of this sensitive issue to proceed thoughtfully.  Goodwill coupled with honest dialogue should enable us to honor the Divine command to welcome the stranger as well as safeguard all the citizens of this great county.

When it comes to the treatment of immigrants and refugees, the Diocese of Metuchen remains committed to following the principles of the Gospel message as reflected in Catholic Social Teaching. As a faith community, we will continue to reach out to those in our local communities who are most in need and to serve our neighbors regardless of background, ethnicity, race or religion.

Our Catholic Charities has provided legal and other services to individuals and families – both Christians and Muslims – and will continue to assist those in need. Our diocesan staff members continue to consider ways to support local refugee resettlement efforts. I urge all sides of this sensitive issue to proceed thoughtfully. Good will coupled with honest dialogue should enable us to honor the Divine command to welcome the stranger as well as safeguard all the citizens of this great country.

***
Read the statement of USCCB Chair on Migration re: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision ~ Feb. 10, 2017
Read the joint statement of USCCB Chairmen
 ~ Jan. 31, 2017
Read the joint statement of USCCB President and Vice President (en Español) ~ Jan. 30, 2017
Read the Catholic Charities USA official press release ~ Jan. 27, 2017


30 de enero, 2017

Declaración del Reverendísimo Obispo James F. Checchio, Obispo de Metuchen, el 27 de enero sobre la Orden Ejecutiva vetando la entrada de inmigrantes a los Estados Unidos 

Cuando hablamos sobre el trato a los inmigrantes y refugiados, la Diócesis de Metuchen permanece fiel a su compromiso a seguir los principios del mensaje del Evangelio reflejados en sus Enseñanzas Sociales Católicas.  Como una comunidad de fe, continuaremos apoyando y acogiendo a aquellos en nuestras comunidades locales que se encuentren más necesitados y a servir a nuestro prójimo sin importar su raza, etnia, antecedentes, o religión. 

Caridades Católicas en nuestra diócesis ofrece servicios legales a las personas y sus familias—Cristianas y Musulmanas—y continuaremos ayudando a todo quien lo necesite.  Nuestro personal diocesano sigue buscando maneras de apoyar los esfuerzos de los campamentos de refugiados.  Insto a todas las partes a proceder cuidadosamente en este tema de tanta sensibilidad.  La buena voluntad y el dialogo honesto deben permitirnos dar honra al mandamiento Divino de acoger al forastero y a la vez proteger a todos los ciudadanos de este gran país. 

***
Presidente Y Vicepresidente De Conferencia De Obispos Católicos De Los Estados Unidos Se Pronuncian En Defensa De Todas Las Religiones En Respuesta A Orden Ejecutiva Sobre Refugiados