In response to a slew of immigration bills making their way through Congress, Cardinal Roger Mahoney asked priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese – including Santa Barbara – to encourage compassion for undocumented workers during last Sunday’s services. The most draconian of the proposed legislation, bill HR4437, would require clergy to determine the immigration status of prospective parishioners and report those they deem illegal. The cardinal’s request had mixed results – Pastors Luis Quihuis and Mike Ravenkamp addressed the subject during Our Lady of Sorrows Sunday services, and Pastor Rafael Marin-Leon participated in an immigration teach-in before Sunday evening services at Our Lady of Guadalupe. However, neither Father Maurice O’Mahony of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel or Rev. Bruce Correio of St. Raphael’s broached the subject.

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