Congregation of Holy Cross
United States Province of Priests and Brothers
United States Province Provincial Chapter Resolution On the Dignity of Migrant Families
WHEREAS, Blessed Basil Moreau recognized the importance of a united family and used the Holy Family as a model for his Congregation,
WHEREAS, St. John Paul II continually stressed the fundamental role of the family in society, such that he taught “as goes the family, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”
WHEREAS, The United States Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have recently acknowledged implementation of a policy which separates families arriving at the U.S./Mexico Border.
WHEREAS, Bishop Joe Vazquez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in response to current United States Policies, issued a statement reiterating that “family unity is a cornerstone of our American immigration system and a foundational element of Catholic teaching.”
WHEREAS, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB, joined Bishop Vasquez in condemning the practice of separating families at the United States border as an immoral policy which erodes the foundational element of our society; and
WHEREAS, numerous Christian Communities have joined in the call for immediate change to this policy; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT this Provincial Chapter joins in condemning this practice which separates children from their parents and parents from their children;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this Chapter calls on all politicians to work for the immediate change of this policy, for all Christians to unite to protect the dignity and union of the family, and for all people of good will to urge lawmakers to treat migrants with the irrevocable dignity that is inherent to all children of God.