CHICAGO - As the immigration issue moves front and center at national, state and local levels, some of the staunchest advocates of so-called "sanctuary" areas are the Catholic Church faithful.
Latinos - in America both legally and illegally - find solace in Catholic circles, and their spiritual leaders naturally minister to them and their needs. It is not unusual for family members to reach out for help in escaping immigration law enforcement.
But there is a growing discussion as to what the Catholic Church teaches about issues associated with immigration. Should the Church encourage law breaking? Or should it treat illegals as Biblical "strangers"?