Maryland Catholic Bishops Issue Statement On Immigration

ANNAPOLIS, MD. 05-30-17---The Catholic bishops in Maryland today issued a joint statement calling for all people of faith and good will to come together in a spirit of compassion, prudence and cooperation in addressing the issue of immigration. The bishops also urge state and local elected officials to consider several guiding principles when determining the appropriate relationship between federal immigration officials and local law enforcement. 

In the United States, the Catholic Church was founded by immigrant communities who have always found a home in their local parish. Today, the Church in Maryland continues to welcome and embrace newcomers to our country, and to advocate on their behalf. 

The statement from the Most. Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, the Most. Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of Wilmington, and auxiliary bishops Mark Brennan, Roy Campbell, Mario Dorsonville, Barry Knestout and Adam Parker can be found here: http://www.mdcathcon.org/library/public/Immigration-FINAL.pdf 

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents all three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore (Central and Western Maryland), the Archdiocese of Washington (Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Southern Maryland), and the Diocese of Wilmington (Eastern Shore).