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Margaret Gabriel


LEXINGTON. Bishop John Stowe addressed "The Ethics and Mo- rality of Immigration" at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Lexington Oct. 6 as part of Voices 2015," a series sponsored by the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice. Voices 2015: Closing the Gaps" began in early September and will conclude in early No- vember. Events including talks, panel discussions, and film look at the evidence of gaps in education, racial justice, and economics, in addition to immigration. Presen- tations consider the possible cause

Church advocates for comprehensive immigration reform: Bishop

for those gaps and suggest action that can be taken to close them. Bishop Stowe's 15 years of ser- vice in the Diocese of El Paso fo- cused largely on ministry with Hispanic people and during those years he often dealt with the issues surrounding their migration. He began his remarks by commenting on Pope Francis's recent trip to the United States and the focus that was placed on immigration. Bishop Stowe said Pope Francis spotlight- ed an area that needs our attention. Immigration is a situation that doesn't get enough attention un- til [presidential hopeful] Donald Trump gave the wrong kind of at- tention," Bishop Stowe said. Alternating between Spanish and English, Bishop Stowe ad- dressed the question of what the church would like to see in immi- gration reform and what the faith- ful should do in the meantime. Bishop Stowe said that when Pope Francis met with American bishops during the course of his visit, he praised them for their acceptance of immigrants. "The history of the United States is a history of immigrants," Bishop Stowe said. "The church's network of schools, hospitals, and universi- ties responded to immigrants." But Bishop Stowe also pointed out that each wave of immigra- tion brought with it a wave of

Bishop John Stowe takes a question following his presentation on "The Ethics and Morality of Immigration" at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary in Lexington Oct. 6. CR photo: Margaret Gabriel

anti-immigration, "feelings that were often anti-Catholic." The current wave of anti-im- migration, based largely on the desire for security, was addressed by Pope Francis, when he told the United States Congress, "If we

NICHOLASVILLE. The "real work" of the respect life movement lies in turning hearts to the culture of life, Bishop John Stowe said, during the annual diocesan Respect Life Mass Oct. 7. About 220 people attended the Mass, marking October's observance of Respect Life Month, in St. Luke Church, Nicholasville. I think the real work that has to be done is changing hearts," the bishop said in his homily. All things pro-life have been a con- stant ministry of the church, Bishop Stowe said. And, while pro-life groups work to promote the culture of life in

Turn hearts to the culture of life

social and legal structures, it is impor- tant to remember that Jesus came to call people to "the law that is inscribed on the human heart." He said this can be accomplished by prayer, sharing the teaching of the church, and by speaking out positively about the culture of life. Modern people have the means to discern God's will, the bishop said. We can't claim ignorance about what God wants us to do, and yet we go in the opposite direction." Consumer- ism, materialism, and convenience devour even life itself, especially the vulnerable. Like Jonah in the Mass's reading, "when we can't get any fur- ther from God [at land's end], we get on a boat." Jonah is a sign to all of us, be- cause we don't want to do things the way God wants us to do them. We don't want to be merciful the way God is merciful," Bishop Stowe said. Jonah "pouts," because God gives the repentant people of Nineveh a second chance, even as God gave Jo- nah a second chance. "I think the story of Jonah is about all of us," he said. The Blessed Virgin Mary, on the other hand, provides the perfect ex- ample of submitting to God's will without understanding it. n

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