Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on Syrian Refugees

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Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, June 10. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, says the United States should welcome Syrian refugees and work for peace. (CNS photo/Sedat/Suna, EPA)
Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, June 10. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, says the United States should welcome Syrian refugees and work for peace. (CNS photo/Sedat/Suna, EPA)

Editor’s note: The five bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference released the following statement:

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the wake of the tragic loss of innocent life taken by terrorist actions in Paris, the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) understand the increasing hesitation on the part of our government and American citizens to receive Syrian refugees into the United States. While our country clearly needs to be concerned about terrorist activity, safeguards to prevent terrorist infiltration into our country are in place and should continue to be updated to meet changing circumstances. However, we must remember that not all refugees are terrorists and the majority of Syrian refugees are men, women and children fleeing violence and simply striving to find safety for themselves and their families in other countries. We need to remain committed to prayer and to the charitable works provided for people in great need.  Accordingly, we will continue the important work done by our local Catholic Charities’ offices to resettle people fleeing violence and persecution and remain dedicated to helping refugees as the right and moral action to take.

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix

Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares
Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix

Most Rev. James S. Wall
Bishop of Gallup

Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas
Bishop of Tucson

Most Rev. Gerald Dino
Bishop of Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix

3 COMMENTS

  1. I fully agree that we should be a church that helps others. My problem with that statement is this: when are we going to help the homeless here in our own country?? We have thousands of Veterans right here in AZ that are homeless and sleep on the street. (also every state in the union has thousands) Also, there are many other people that are homeless without food, running water and a place to sleep. Others that need medical assistance, surgeries and are not able to get help because they have no insurance or money to pay their bills. But, still we insist on helping refugees from another country. I think it’s a great idea if those right here had all the help these people will need also. When do we help those at home FIRST?? I love my country and am sick of all the help we give to every one else besides our American people. I wish someone would see the rather dangerous road we are going on. Would France take them now? No way!! should we with the threat to our country?? Also, a NO!! Sorry just an opinion. God Bless.

  2. “While our country clearly needs to be concerned about terrorist activity, safeguards to prevent terrorist infiltration into our country are in place ”

    I, and frankly most Americans, simply do not believe this! Because;
    One of the brothers involved in the Boston Marathon bombing came to this country as a refugee!
    At least 2 of the shooters at the recent military recruiting station massacre were refugees!
    At least one of the culprits in the recent Paris terrorist attack was a refugee!

    We as citizens have a right to demand 100% assurance that we are not inviting bloodthirsty murdering terrorist into our country!

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