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Monday, March 20, 2006

The GOP vs. the Bishops

From the New York Times:

THE fierce battle over the future of America's immigration system is spilling from Capitol Hill onto the airwaves, as conservatives accuse Democrats, human rights groups and even some labor unions of trying to stymie Republican efforts to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

But in recent weeks, some commentators and prominent Republicans have turned their swords against another formidable foe in their battle to tighten the borders: the Roman Catholic Church.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Catholic Church of course has a right to freely express its opinion and advocate for a loose immigration policy.

I start to get serious heartburn though when Church leaders like Mahoney start publicly advocating for open defiance of laws. (This NYT article characteristically left out that rather shameful detail from just a couple of weeks ago). At the point that the Catholics shift from advocacy to criminality, I believe it is time to start stripping tax exempt status and imposing prison terms. I see no reason for taxpayers to subsidize organizations that are openly criminal.

Personally I think the Catholic Church's advocacy for open immigration policy is blatently self-serving. They are all about filling pews and collection plates and expanding Catholic wealth and power. The Catholics like to couch migration in terms of human rights and social justice. But interestingly, they are notably less enthusiastic about Muslim immigration into Europe. The double standard reveals the hypocrisy.

The Catholic Church is well established south of our border. It seems to me that if there desire is to help these people then they have the organization in place to do so in their country of origen. The Catholic Church should feel a particular responsibility for rendering this aid because their grossly irresponsible teachings on birth control have made a major contribution to the misery of these poor people. Instead, they would rather impose the results of their irresponsibility on American taxpayers and have us taxed to provide forced charity and subsidize the growth and increased wealth and power of the Catholic Church.

3/20/2006 11:14 AM  
Blogger La Ventanita said...

As a Catholic I have to say that "grossly irresponsible teachings on birth control" is the most ignorant thing I heard. The church advocates Natural Family Planning, and has a separate course for it should you wish to learn it. No one holds a gun to your head to do it. If you interview Catholics, I can bet the overwhelming majority use birth control. Heck, I went to catholic school and they taught us about all birth control.

I hardly see their stance as a "money making" position. If this people are already Catholics, well they are not gaining anything just transferring.

The Church is a missionary Church by defition, and by teachings. If they truly will follow a Christian discipline, they have to aid those who need it. Period.

I hardly think HR4437 will be about persecution; it will be about discouraging immigration, and deporting the ones the police run into. But the only thing being actively pursued will be companies hiring illegals. The rest just makes really nice press.

3/21/2006 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hardly see their stance as a "money making" position. If this people are already Catholics, well they are not gaining anything just transferring.


The Church makes money by encouraging migration from South of our border for EXACTLY the same reason that the migrants are drawn here. A Catholic in America that earns $6.00 per HOUR can put a lot more into the collection plate then a Catholic in Mexico who earns $6.00 per day. Every illegal Catholic Mexican who crosses our borders represents a potential 8 to 10-fold increase in income for the Catholic Church.

3/22/2006 9:32 AM  

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