March 17, 2015
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Church in the United States has had a long history of being a voice for immigrants and it continues to do so but in new ways, said speakers at a March 12 conference at The Catholic University of America.
There has been so much church involvement on this issue that a few of the panelists at the conference: “American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present” said their allotted time to speak wasn’t nearly enough to delve into the topic.
“It’s an incredibly complex issue. I can’t do it justice in 15 minutes,” said William Dinges, a theology professor at Catholic University. He said at best, he could present the church’s evolving role in a presentation “akin to speed dating” during the panel discussion on culture and religious life.