(June 28, 2018) The U.S. Region of the Missionary Society of St. Columban is disappointed in the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban. The Administration’s most recent ban bars visitors and immigrants from five Muslim majority nations – Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – as well as Venezuela and North Korea.
Staying up-to-date on current events seems especially overwhelming these days, so we’re here to offer the Columban take on what’s happening in Washington, DC and around the world. This month we delve into the current state of play on migration legislation and the Catholic commitment to climate action.
Interfaith Voices is an independent public radio show fostering interfaith understanding by providing engaging conversation about religion, across many traditions and beliefs. This week, their show features Fr. Bob Mosher, SSC, Director of the Columban Mission Center. Listen to Fr. Bob's contribution to a piece on asylum at the border below.
Family unity is sacred. Every person has the right to seek safety. These are some of the most basic tenets of Catholic Social Teaching. Separating families at the border and restricting access to asylum stands in direct contradiction to these core values.
A perfect storm can wipe out fishing, agriculture, and logging, which are the only livelihoods for many. Without a home or a livelihood, vulnerable people are forced to migrate, either internally or externally. Many end up living in city slums or displaced persons’ camps where the standard of living push them deeper into poverty and into health risks.