By Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With the House of Representatives now debating an Immigration Reform Bill passed by the Senate last week, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput declared Sunday “Justice for Immigrants Day” in the city.
To mark the occasion, Chaput celebrated a bilingual mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
It was your typical mass, but the Archbishop did take time to explain his stance on immigration:
“Every human being has a right, because of his or her dignity, to have work in order to support the family. We also believe, if that’s not possible, that people have the right to immigrate.”
The Archbishop said that reform is needed, and that the issue needs the compassion of both sides:
“People who are immigrants, whether they have papers or not, have a right to be treated with great dignity.”
Chaput also says that everyone has the right to a secure border, and encouraged parishioners to not force an agenda, but instead listen to what the other side of the argument has to say.