“To be a person without a state, ‘a man without a country’ makes it nearly impossible to study, to get a decent job, to acquire insurance, to contribute to a pension fund, to get married legally, to open bank accounts and even to travel in or out of one's own country of origin,” he explained.
Recalling the help many Dominicans provided for Haitians affected by 2012 earthquake, Cardinal O’Malley stressed that many people of goodwill in both nations desire peace and solidarity.
“As a young priest in Washington,” he said, “I celebrated Mass for immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the very same parish. I never saw any divisions or discrimination. The faith of the people and their common struggle to provide for their families united them in community.”
“At Christmastime we relive the events of Christ's life, beginning with the Holy Family's search for lodging in Bethlehem where there was no room in the inn. It is my hope that at this Christmas season the government and people of the Dominican Republic will reject these unjust rulings that cause so much pain and suffering,” the cardinal wrote.
“Every country has the right to control its own boundaries,” he pointed out, “but no one has the right to trample people's dignity and diminish their humanity.”
“I hope and pray that the government and people of the Dominican Republic will be inspired by the ideals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that appears on your beautiful national flag.”