Archbishop John Nienstedt, of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese, hosted a forum at the St. Thomas School of Law Wednesday where he called for federal immigration reform.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that Nienstedt says Minnesota's bishops support a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, and calls the current system "inconsistent, ineffective and fails to promote the common good."
The forum was supposed to tackle the immigration question from a faith point of view all along when it was first announced last month.
The Star Tribune reports that Nienstedt joins Catholic bishops and priests from throughout the country in support of immigration policy changes they argue are needed because the current system is not working, separating immigrant families and exploiting workers.
Though the remarks may be provocative coming from Nienstedt, he is now stranger to controversy or politics for that matter, mostly for his opposition to gay marriage.