LDS Church neutral on immigration

All this week on his Distinctly Catholic blog, Michael Sean Winters is looking at immigration reform from a faith perspective. (See this and this.)

The Catholic bishops are on record as sayng 'Current immigration law fails to meet the moral test of dignity'. Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has taken particular interest in the issue (See: Common ground sought for immigration solutions.)

How are other religious groups approaching immigration? New America Media reports that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wants to remain "neutral."

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Other socially conservative denominations, including the Southern Baptists and Catholics, have come out in favor of granting undocumented immigrants a path to legal status as part of a new federal immigration policy. These churches have cast immigration reform as an urgent moral and humanitarian issue, and in some cases have been active at the state level lobbying against hard-line laws.

But the Mormon leadership has remained neutral, issuing an official statement on immigration today urging “civil discourse,” “goodwill of all across the political spectrum,” and “careful reflection,” but stopping short of signaling a church position on the issue.

Read the full report here: Mormon Church Under Pressure on Immigration


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