September 26, 2007


Korean migration to U.S. honored with nat’l shrine image dedication (Sherri A. Watkins and Gretchen R. Crowe, 9/26/2007, Catholic News Service)

Commemorating 100 years of their ancestors' migration, Korean-American Catholic pilgrims filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Sept. 22 dedication of two bas-reliefs that symbolize the permanence of their place in the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul, South Korea, joined Archbishop Wuerl, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington Va., and Msgr. Walter Rossi, basilica rector, along with nearly 50 priest concelebrants for the afternoon Mass.

"It is significant that the Korean immigrants have endeavored to dedicate these art pieces here in this most American church," said Cardinal Cheong. "I understand this as a sign of the fact that Korean-Americans are no longer outsiders but have become active members of the American Catholic Church." [...]

Korean-American Catholics contributed to the sculpture project, which took four years and cost about $1 million. A gift to the national shrine, the bas-reliefs symbolize the faith and love of the Korean Catholic family and serve as a sign of gratitude for the heroic examples of faith witnessed by their ancestors and passed down to them.

During the Mass, a prayer was offered for the Korean Martyrs who gave their lives for the Catholic Church, which was established in overwhelmingly Buddhist Korea in 1784.

The tradition of martyrdom began almost immediately and claimed more than 10,000 lives over the next 100 years. In 1984, Pope John Paul II canonized 103 martyrs in Seoul.

In 2002, Father Lee petitioned the shrine's rector for a place where Mary could be honored by Koreans.

The following year, with the initiative of the North American Conference of Priests for Korean Ministry, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops proclaimed Sept. 23, 2003, to be Korean-American Catholic Day to commemorate the centenary of Korean immigration to the U.S. The proclamation came during a Mass attended by nearly 6,000 Korean-American Catholics.

America, it's just one pack of freeloaders after another...

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2007 6:41 PM

Hi Orrin,

I don't understand your not ever making a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.

The overwhelming number of Republican politians that comment on this issue seem very clear about it.

That said, your blog is one of the first I read each day (and go to it several times a day).


Mike Brody

Posted by: Michael Brody at September 27, 2007 6:42 AM

I don't think anyone seriously minds the freeloaders that come through the open door, invitation in hand. It's the ones that break in through the back window that people have a problem with.

Posted by: Jay at September 27, 2007 8:57 AM

The problem is those who wish to close the door.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2007 10:39 AM

There is no difference between them.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2007 10:40 AM

Mr. Brody, OJ(and I) see this country as something special, a land of freedom where everyone is welcome to come and help build the future. Making it illegal to escape the cruel men who run the world outside of the anglo-sphere is counter to that idea. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is what we are aiming for, right?
Now, if you see America as just another welfare state, and your highest idea in life is standing in line to get your cut, then seeing people "cutting in line" would probably pain your soul in a way you could not give proper voice to. I wonder if that explains why some people become Stormtroopers over this smallest of "crimes". I live in a port area. This area sent back a boat full of Jews back to Germany, where they died. Not your fault they didn't have the right papers..... We said never again, but we are doing it daily against the Cubans now.
This is a Black and White issue. It's those who believe in Freedom against those who don't care if people die alone in the dark, so long as they have theirs.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at September 27, 2007 11:03 AM

Accusations of racism by one of La Raza's enablers and apologists is amusing.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 27, 2007 12:54 PM

R.M.Jr. - Escaping "the cruel men who run the world" is something the Vietnamese, the Cubans, and others have done, and rightly so. But is Mexico really a cruel or evil or horrible place that compares with Castro's Cuba or Chavez's Venezuela? Are the Mexicans escaping persecution when they cross the border? And is the attitude of Mexico to its emigrants really that of Castro to the Cubans in Miami? They seem quite happy that their citizens are heading to the US and sending money back. I'm not sure your comparison works as far as Mexico is concerned.

Also, if Mexico IS that evil and horrible, wouldn't it be more right and cheaper to invade than tolerate such evil, much as it would be to overthrow Castro than tolerate his regime?

Posted by: Just John at September 27, 2007 4:09 PM

Bingo. There's no difference between La Raza and Tancredo.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2007 4:16 PM

Of course the optimal solution is to just add Mexico to the Union.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2007 4:18 PM

Just John, they(Mexicans) think they are. Who are we to tell them they haven't suffered enough? People migrate from Slavery to Freedom. It's been like that since the Beginning. Only in the 20th century did governments become vain enough to think they could stop that. But for the Judge Dredds(it's the Law! it's the Law), there is no difference between a Boat person and a Mexican. No papers? Go back to the death that awaits you.....
Invade? Get the votes. I'll back you all the way.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at September 27, 2007 5:48 PM

R.M.Jr. - Returning to Mexico would mean DEATH? I'm sorry, but Mexican immigrants go back and forth between the US and Mexico and neither country kills them for it. If Mexico entailed "Slavery" and "death", we wouldn't have Mexicans waving their flag and saying how great their country is and curse you if you say otherwise; they would be more like Cubans, who are upfront about their dislike of Castro and the current regime. Where are the Mexicans who forthrightly say that they love their country but hate those in charge of it? And if they don't say that, shouldn't I take them at their word that they don't think that Mexico is "Slavery" and "death"?

Posted by: Just John at September 28, 2007 3:45 PM