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US Catholic Bishops Are Prioritizing Immigration Over Evangelization
The U.S.–Mexico border (Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock)

A new Pew Research survey revealed that U.S.-born Latinos are abandoning the Catholic faith that their demographic has long maintained, despite the U.S. bishops’ vocal, fanatical endorsement of seemingly any and all immigration efforts and policies. In other words, the bishops are making every effort to bring Latinos into the U.S., but they aren’t even trying to keep them in the Church, much less actively bringing them into the Church.

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of U.S.-born Latinos identifying as Catholic has dropped from 58 percent in 2012 to 43 percent in 2022, while the number of U.S.-born Latinos identifying as religiously unaffiliated has more than doubled in the same timespan, jumping from 13 percent in 2012 to 30 percent in 2022. The percentage identifying as Protestant has remained at a stable 21 percent, and “other faiths” has only seen a 2 percent increase over the past decade.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has consistently shilled for open borders–style immigration for nearly two decades. Notably, the USCCB was among the most vocal groups demonizing then-President Donald Trump for attempting to secure America’s sovereign border. When Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez was elected president of the USCCB, he made it clear that “immigration reform” was one of his chief priorities. He said immigration reform is “something I’ve been working on for almost 25 to 30 years.” During his tenure, Gomez spoke constantly and loudly on immigration, but he missed an opportunity to expressly prohibit Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and other pro-abortion politicians who call themselves Catholic from receiving Holy Communion — considered in Catholic theology to be a desecration of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Louisiana Bishop Mario Dorsonville served as chair of the bishops’ migration committee under Gomez and, in like manner, was a rabid opponent of American efforts at border control. For example, Dorsonville claimed that Title 42, which allows for the deportation of foreigners during times of national emergency, evinces “irreverence for human lives.” He even addressed Congress, issuing a call to “recognize the most vulnerable and welcome them to the extent we are able.” Never mind how many people the U.S. is actually able to take in or whether those immigrants respect American laws, customs, and traditions.

The current head of the USCCB’s migration committee, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, makes both Gomez and Dorsonville look like featherweights. More an open borders activist than a pastor, Seitz has consistently called for unrestricted immigration, with seemingly no regard for whether or not it is legal. Even Joe Biden isn’t far enough left for Seitz when it comes to the border. He even told Biden that his (laughably weak) border policies would cause “suffering” and were responsible for “literally killing people.” Before taking over as head of USCCB’s migration committee, Seitz was just as vocal in advocating for an open border.

The Heritage Foundation discovered in December that Catholic Charities was among several NGOs responsible for shuttling thousands of illegal immigrants from the U.S. side of the border further into the heartland of America. The Heritage report concluded that Catholic Charities played a not insignificant role in “actively facilitating the Biden border crisis,” using hundreds of thousands in “taxpayer money to provide processing and transportation services and infrastructure to facilitate the migration of illegal aliens into the interior of the country.”

The bishops are content facilitating the arrival of illegal immigrants, but that is where their work ends, a reality demonstrated in the religious affiliations of many of those immigrants and their now-adult children. It is time for them to turn to preaching the faith, rather than preaching policy. 


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