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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Cardinal Mahony

The Cardinal is speaking out in an opinion piece in the New York Times:

Providing humanitarian assistance to those in need should not be made a crime, as the House [Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control] bill decrees. As written, the proposed law is so broad that it would criminalize even minor acts of mercy like offering a meal or administering first aid.

Current law does not require social service agencies to obtain evidence of legal status before rendering aid, nor should it. Denying aid to a fellow human being violates a law with a higher authority than Congress — the law of God.

That does not mean that the Catholic Church encourages or supports illegal immigration. Every day in our parishes, social service programs, hospitals and schools, we witness the baleful consequences of illegal immigration. Families are separated, workers are exploited and migrants are left by smugglers to die in the desert. Illegal immigration serves neither the migrant nor the common good.

What the church supports is an overhaul of the immigration system so that legal status and legal channels for migration replace illegal status and illegal immigration. Creating legal structures for migration protects not only those who migrate but also our nation, by giving the government the ability to better identify who is in the country as well as to control who enters it.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That does not mean that the Catholic Church encourages or supports illegal immigration.

This guy is lying through his teeth! Just last week Cardinal Mahoney was encouraging his priets and parishoners to openly defy laws designed to crack down on illegal immigration.

3/23/2006 2:42 PM  

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