Immigration picks up on the topic of rights, the political nature of Christian commitment, economic justice, and the relation between being a member of a worldwide Church and a citizen of a particular nation. Please reflect on the story Fr. Corpora relates about mass on the Rió Grande in light of the points made by Bishop Lester concerning the rights of immigrants. vt
see where rights come from in the Catholic tradition,
explore the relationship between rights and duties
discern the difference between liberty rights and claim rights,
see how emphasizing one or the other leads to different notions of society, and
focus on immigration as an example of human rights crossing national boundaries.
I. Justice & Rights
A. What are rights?
II. Rights & Duties
A. How many rights do you want?
B. How many duties do you want?
C. “Inconsistency” according to Pope Benedict?
III. Kinds of rights
1. Human rights according to the Church?
2. Tensions with present U.S. policies?
IV. Immigration rights
Liberties (“immunity from interference”) Claim rights (or “empowerments”)