Caritas Veritate and Immigration
Pope Benedict only touched upon immigration briefly in Caritas in Veritate. In paragraph 62 he reminds us that “Every migrant is a human person who, as such, possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance.” Following that footnote 142, I saw that the pope referenced a document called “Erga migrantes caritas Christi” or “The love of Christ towards migrants”. From the look of it, it is about as long as a typical social encyclical. What’s more, I’ve not seen it referenced in any of the debates Catholics have had over immigration, though I am sure that I’ve not seen everything there is to see in that regard.
I have not yet read it; and as I look through the footnotes of CV, it may be a long time before I ever get around to reading all of the documents that inspired this work. I wanted to make this post, however, to bring the document to our attention and perhaps start a discussion among those who wish to read it (or whom by chance have read it). I will be reading it myself soon.