Mixed Messages on Migration

When it comes to Mexicans who are here illegally, Catholic bishops say everyone has a right to migrate and illegals should be referred to merely as “undocumented.” Yet Archbishop Michel Sabbath, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, tells Catholics in Israel and the West Bank that they must not leave; he says they have a “vocation” to stay there and suffer. It reminds me of the efforts of Catholic bishops in the Maritimes to intimidate Acadians into staying instead of migrating to the US in the 19th century.