Interesting, although the tone wasn’t exactly Catholic friendly. WND isn’t exactly a neutral source either. Mahoney is liberal, there is not doubt about it. However, this isn’t just Mahoney. It is about many of the US Bishops.
The motivation behind it is pretty simple. If the choice is between following a law, and preserving the dignity of the immigrants, dignity is more important than law. It goes back the the story of the Good Samaritan. My understanding is that the Vatican is supportive of this position. I still haven’t read anything to indicate otherwise. I am not sure that the immigration issue is a good illustration of the conservative vs liberal Catholic Church. The abortion issue from the article is however a perfect illustration of the liberals minimizing church teaching. Mahoney spends little if any effort on protecting innocent life.
“However, this isnt just Mahoney. It is about many of the US Bishops.”
Alas, too many.
“If the choice is between following a law, and preserving the dignity of the immigrants, dignity is more important than law.”
Agree, although dignity and respect must flow both ways. If someone crosses the border to have a baby simply so an entire family can become citizens, is that respecting our dignity? And wouldn’t it be more prudent for those who are unhappy to work to change things where they are? Or for us to help and encourage them to do so? Charity begins at home after all. Human Rights activists would be doing the world a huge favor if they went after countries south of our border. The Pope has said he does not think priests should be activists, but if the clergy wants to do the most good, shouldn’t they go to where the problem originates from? Most Americans are not happy with the need for border enforcement or a wall. Most of us respect (obey) the laws of other nations and we expect the same in return. But obviously, it isn’t working out that way.
The question of splitting families is a difficult one as we cannot deport an infant born here. I’m not sure what the answer to that problem is.