Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows: Gay Congressman and Archbishop Chaput Show Political Unity at Catholic Parish

I must admit, when openly gay Congressman Jared Polis sent me the following flyer for a rally he was having at a Catholic Church AND with Archbishop Charles Chaput in attendance, my reaction was "now there is an odd couple."

But, it is a good witness that people of good will can come together on an issue, even when they have profound differences on other issues.

A national movement including businesses, unions, faith-based organizations, civil rights groups, conservatives, liberals, and community activists is forming to advocate comprehensive immigration reform, and I would like to invite you to take part in that overwhelming support for comprehensive immigration reform by attending our HUGE event:

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2009 12:30 PM-2:00 PM (doors open at 11:30 AM)

Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Parish Center 11385 Grant St., Northglenn, CO

Our June 13th event is part of the United Families tour. United Families is a nationwide tour led by Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez to encourage Congress to pass just and humane immigration reform in 2009! In over 20 cities, families that suffer under our broken immigration policies have told their stories to thousands of onlookers, the media, and elected officials. I am honored to bring Congressman Gutierrez to Colorado.

You have the opportunity to be a part of this historic tour and a part of the solution! Colorado families will tell their stories of how our broken immigration system has impacted them. Archbishop Chaput, Father Ames, Rabbi Firestone, Reverend Simpson, and Imam Ali will help us to understand how our faith calls us to action.

Finally, Representatives Gutierrez and I will explain what action Congress can take and how YOU can help. Please join us Saturday for this momentous event as faith leaders, community members and congressional champions for immigration reform join to demonstrate the urgency of fixing our broken immigration system.


Anonymous said...

The Church needs to remember our main mandate as C(c)atholics comes from Matthew 25. It is a good thing that My Archbishop will be at this event instead of his usual appearances with anti-choice domestic terrorists. I believe democratic Catholics are a "silent" majority in the church, afraid to challenge the Priests and other religious on conservative issues. We must let our voices be heard.

Sean said...

I think this is a good sign. A couple of years ago, the bishop of Phoenix had a fit because a Catholic parish was holding a rally on this same issue (immigration) in support of the Church's position. However, one of the speakers was then Governor Napolitano (now Secretary of DHS). The bishop (to the applause of conservatives) forced the parish to cancel the event because of her. During the election campaign, the Cardinal Newman Society had a similar fit whenever a pro-choice or pro-gay marriage politican spoke at a Catholic university.

I think the Notre Dame incident when so badly for them, they are making it a point to abandon that failed tactic.