The Haitian migration crisis has exposed major rifts in the Catholic Church. BBC’s Will Grant explained recently how “the Catholic Church has played a key role in the migration crisis with some priests defending the rights of the returnees while others have been criticised for promoting what activists describe as a policy of division.”
The Haitian migration crisis began in 2013 when the Dominican Republic’s government forcibly deported thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descends, many of whom had spent the majority of their lives in the Dominican Republic. Now, thousands of Haitians are struggling to survive in refugee camps along Haiti’s border to the Dominican Republic. At many of these camps, local priests have devoted their time to helping refugees. For example, Father Luc Leandre “has helped relocate some of the most desperate families to nearby communities in Haiti,” stating, “The Church is like a mother for everyone and I have a duty to help.” At the same time however, other important Catholic figures, such as Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez of the Dominican Republic, has expressed strong support for the deportations. This rift within the Church raises questions as to the role that the Catholic Church should take on in the future.
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