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Monday, May 01, 2006

Don't walk out, say bishops

Colorado's three Roman Catholic bishops asked Catholics to ignore today's immigration walkout, a national protest that included a scheduled 11 a.m. rally at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.

The bishops -- Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan and Pueblo Bishop Arthur Tafoya -- all support immigration reform, and even designated May as a month of prayer for "justice for immigrants," according to a story posted on The Colorado Catholic Herald Web site. But walking out, the bishops argue, is counterproductive.

"Real immigration reform requires reasonable dialogue, and positive actions that persuade our elected officials," the bishops said in their letter, read at parishes across Colorado on April 30. "Walkouts, as well-intentioned as they may be, do not serve that end."

If you want to check out the bishop's whole statement, go here.


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