PERSPECTIVE HEIGHTS – In response to a lawsuit filed by the conservative CatholicVote political support group for access to communications between the Biden administration and Catholic humanitarian organizations on the Texas-Mexico border, Sister Norma Pimentel encouraged the organization to come and see the work. at the border. for them.
“If you do that, I’m sure you’ll be just as excited as I am, to lie down and be present and take care of the family, the baby,” said Sister Norma, executive director of the Rio Grande Valley Catholic Charity. , on March 1. “The children I see who were in detention centers crying with frightened faces saying ‘help me’ and how can you get away from it?”
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The lawsuit was filed on February 4 under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and included two applications.
The first seeks access to all communications between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) and the Diocese of Brownsville, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, the Rio Grande Valley Catholic Charities (CCRGV), Sister Norma and the McAllen Humanitarian Aid Center, Texas. , led by Sister Norma.
The second seeks all communications between the CBP and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the CCRGV, Sister Norma, and the Center for Humanitarian Relief.
“American Catholics deserve to know the full extent of our federal government’s role in funding and coordinating with agencies affiliated with the Catholic Church at the border, and what role these agencies have played in the record growth of illegal immigrants in the past year,” CatholicVote said. or.
“We know that every person, regardless of their legal status, deserves to be treated with dignity,” CatholicVote said last month. “But that’s all: our border is in chaos … and Catholic-affiliated agencies are working directly with the federal government.”
According to the organization’s website, CatholicVote is an organization of “American patriots” who believe that the Catholic faith is good for America. It also has a lobbying organization with a connected political action committee that promotes a bipartisan, pro-Catholic agenda through political contributions.
On Tuesday, Sister Norma suggested that the process had nothing to do with her and others working at the border, but with migrants being helped.
“Just taking care of ourselves and being human and expressing our humanity in good and positive ways, revolutionizing kindness and care and compassion and tenderness, that’s about 100% of us and yet there are people who choose to change all that and do it as such as 100% political, which is not at all “, said Sister Norma.
Sister Norma commented on a Georgetown University initiative on Catholic social thinking and the discussion of public life, “The Nine-Year Franciscan Factor: Synodality and Solidarity, Reform, and Resistance.”
She also noted that CatholicVote is “misled or misunderstood in whatever way they think we are doing” and reiterated her hope that “those who feel against what we do should come and to see ”.