Immigration is an opportunity and a key to American renewal because it helps bring to light the Christian, Catholic missionariesâ€™ â€œheritage of holiness and service,â€ Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told a gathering of Catholic leaders and laity.
â€œAmerica is intended to be a place of encounter with the living Jesus Christ,â€ the archbishop said. â€œThis was the motivation of the missionaries who came here first. Americaâ€™s national character and spirit are deeply marked by the Gospel values they brought to this land.â€
Archbishop Gomez presented his talk Thursday at the Napa Institute’s first annual â€œCatholics in the Next Americaâ€ conference at the Napa Valleyâ€™s Meritage Resort & Spa in California.
The meeting brought together 300 Catholic leaders, including bishops, priests, religious and lay people, to discuss the future of the Church in an increasingly secular culture and to enjoy time for fellowship.
The archbishop said that although America was founded by Christians, it has become home to â€œan amazing diversityâ€ of cultures and religions that flourishes â€œprecisely because our nationâ€™s founders had a Christian vision of the human person, freedom and truth.â€
But America is changing because of globalization, threats from abroad, and internal cultural forces. [more]