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By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine., February 25, 2020
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke got into hot water recently for a homily he delivered on January 5, which is Immigration Sunday in his diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
In the homily, he called for restrictions on Muslim immigration, saying that “Islam is the greatest threat in the world both to Christianity and to America … we need to recognize that and our laws of immigration need to reflect that.” He posted an audio online, local papers picked it up, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained, and the rest is history.
After a January 29 meeting with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Father VanDenBroeke issued a statement saying, “My homily on immigration contained words that were hurtful to Muslims. I’m sorry for this. I realize now that my comments were not fully reflective of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Islam.”
The Archbishop also issued a statement saying, “The teaching of the Catholic Church is clear. As Pope Benedict XVI noted, ‘The Catholic Church, in fidelity to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, looks with esteem to Muslims, who worship God above all by prayer, almsgiving and fasting, revere Jesus as a prophet while not acknowledging his divinity, and honour Mary, his Virgin Mother.’ … That continues to be our teaching today.” ….