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Iowa Church Is a Beacon After Immigration Raid
NY Times ^ | July 12 2008 | Samuel Freedman

Posted on 07/11/2008 4:33:16 PM PDT by DemonDeac

"Once a month or so, Father Ouderkirk drove back to St. Bridget’s to officiate at a wedding or baptize a baby. He savored those rituals, proof that the Hispanic immigrants who had arrived over the past decade to work in Postville’s kosher-meat plant were setting down roots. Some had bought their own homes. Their children had graduated from high school, even been selected for the National Honor Society."

"Then came the morning of May 12, when both satisfaction and retirement ended for the 75-year-old priest. Federal immigration agents raided the Agriprocessors factory, arresting nearly 400 workers, most of them men, for being in the United States illegally. Within minutes of the raid, with surveillance helicopters buzzing above the leafy streets, the wives and children of Mexican and Guatemalan families began trickling into St. Bridget’s church, the safest place they knew."

"Gone were all but two members of the choir he had assembled over the years. Gone was all but one of the eight altar servers. Gone were the husbands from the weddings he had performed, and gone were the fathers of the children he had baptized."

"“It’s like God saying, ‘I gave you a little practice,’ because this is the worst,” Father Ouderkirk said in an interview"

"Probably every child I baptized has been affected. To see them stunned is beyond belief.”"

"The only redemptive thing that can be said, perhaps, is that in the crisis at Postville — with nearly 400 immigrants imprisoned and facing deportation, with 40 mothers under house arrest awaiting their own court dates, with families that had two working parents now forced to survive on hand-outs from a food pantry — the beacon of the Catholic church to immigrants has rarely shone more brilliantly."

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; buildthefence; catholic; dncfalseprophets; falseprophets; immigrantlist; immigration
Boo Fricking Hoo. What propaganda! This piece makes the immigration raid sound like something conducted by the SS.
1 posted on 07/11/2008 4:33:16 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: DemonDeac
I'm with you. This article is dripping with misplaced sympathy.

Congressman Billybob

First in the series, "American Government: The Owner's Manual"

Latest article, "Smart as a Whip, Dumb as a Hoe Handle"

2 posted on 07/11/2008 4:39:23 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ( www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: DemonDeac
Indeed!...If I read this correctly, the priest is very comfortable with lying and deceit.

Maybe he needs a remedial course in theology.

I am sick of this type of attitude!

What exactly does he preach?...right & wrong....OR wrong is right?

3 posted on 07/11/2008 4:40:26 PM PDT by Guenevere (America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease)
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To: DemonDeac

If members of your congregation are being deported, and you’re worried about them, you should be working to help them get re-established back home. If part of the family was arrested and part left behind they’re going to have problems of a different kind, and you can help.

What you can’t do is help them evade the law.

If things are tough enough back in the home country that people are fleeing by the millions, that sounds like fertile ground for missionary work, fertile ground for your church to get involved. The deportees could perhaps be enlisted in doing church work in their home country. If part of your congregation is being sent abroad at taxpayer expense you have to see how God can use this.


4 posted on 07/11/2008 4:42:01 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron

Well said.


5 posted on 07/11/2008 4:43:39 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Here is a company that turned $18 dollar jobs into $8 jobs, violated OSHA laws, helped with stolen identities and abused their employees and no one had thought to shut them down.
These were modern slave owners. They should be in jail, not just their supervisors. The local press here in Iowa has spelled out a lot of the violations and the relief offered by the regulators.
And..the Catholic Church was going along with it.


6 posted on 07/11/2008 4:43:50 PM PDT by Oldexpat (Drill Here, Drill There..we must drill everywhere.)
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To: bcsco; Tennessee Nana; AuntB; Liz; Travis McGee

ping


7 posted on 07/11/2008 4:45:50 PM PDT by Guenevere (America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease)
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To: Oldexpat
What local scuttlebutt that has made it down here makes Ouderkirk sound like a real piece of work... but then, so does this article (in an opposite of intention kind of way). Should Governor Lumpy create an Iowa Department of Accelerated Cultural Decline, Fr. Scofflaw would make a good Secretary.

Mr. niteowl77

8 posted on 07/11/2008 4:53:37 PM PDT by niteowl77 (You won't believe what happens next.)
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Father Ouderkirk has lost sight of the fact that illegal immigration is a violation of Church teaching and a mortal sin. Shame on him.

2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.(Emphasis added)

Thou shalt not steal.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.

9 posted on 07/11/2008 5:11:28 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: DemonDeac

If the feds can’t (or won’t) round up these illegals in the church because it’s supposedly a sanctuary, then get the Minutemen up there to go in and bring these people out so the feds can arrest and deport them. Then send Ouderkirk away for a nice long stretch for aiding and abetting.

If these are such hard-working decent Guatemalans and Mexicans, then let them go back to Guatemala and Mexico and work hard to build a decent country.


10 posted on 07/11/2008 5:17:53 PM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Father Ouderkirk has lost sight of the fact that illegal immigration is a violation of Church teaching and a mortal sin. Shame on him.

As a Catholic is makes me sick and angry when people like this make the church look bad.

11 posted on 07/11/2008 5:19:03 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: DemonDeac
Hey Senator Grassley:

How about some of your laser-focused attention to these law-breakers in your own front yard? Oh, that's right, you're too busy harassing ministries that you disagree with theologically...

12 posted on 07/11/2008 7:11:48 PM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Guenevere; DemonDeac

From the 1st sentence...

“the Hispanic immigrants “

Where’s the obligatory BARF ALERT ??????


13 posted on 07/11/2008 8:44:28 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: DemonDeac

WTF! Setting down roots? This priest was an enabler. If he was a moral man, he would advised them to go back and immigrate legally and not ignore the laws of this country.


14 posted on 07/11/2008 9:07:46 PM PDT by princeofdarkness
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To: Tennessee Nana

I love how they slip in the bit about their national honor society kids.


15 posted on 07/11/2008 9:11:40 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: DemonDeac

Yeppers...

That made me smile too

:)

Most of the kids drop out or dont know English so they just drag themselves and their American classmates through school...


16 posted on 07/11/2008 9:21:06 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: DemonDeac

How about criminal charges of harboring criminals, a RICO suit that takes the church and all it’s assets.


17 posted on 07/11/2008 9:22:04 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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ping


18 posted on 07/11/2008 11:35:34 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: dalereed
RICO against the illegals and those enabling them?...
It will never happen.

It was allowed for pro-life folks, but it will not be allowed for the illegals.

WHY?

Because every city, county, state that tries to enforce rule of law against illegals -....are systematically prevented from following through, whether by a judge or other means.

This edict comes from the top ...down.

A lot of these so called 'raids' are window dressing/photo-ops.

How many raids are actually carried through to completion?....How many employers are sanctioned/fined?
How many illegals are deported & tracked so they won't sneak in the next day?...the next week?

Someone mentioned the 'honor society' illegal kid being deported, etc.

That' s the MSM 'talking points' doncha know.

As we read, day after day, across the internet, we see these same catch-words over and over.

They truly must think we're stupid....or not paying attention....or both!...or whatever ....does it really matter anymore....

I am thankful to the dedicated here at FR who keep this topic & events before us, on a daily basis.

Thousands read this forum....and a lot of folks are getting informed.

19 posted on 07/12/2008 6:44:27 AM PDT by Guenevere (America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease)
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To: DemonDeac

This is the old crying over spilled milk ploy. Build the stupid fence mandated by law and no one gets hurt. It’s the open border policy and failure of our leaders if any of these children are victims (which they aren’t!)


20 posted on 07/12/2008 7:09:31 AM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! ..........Because ya can't blame 'the man' when you are the 'man'.... Wanda Sikes)
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To: DemonDeac

Render unto Caesar. Jesus never advocated breaking the law.

This traitor should move to Mexico and open a mission.


21 posted on 07/12/2008 7:51:11 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Travis McGee

Render unto Caesar. Jesus never advocated breaking the law”

He also spelled it out.

John 10

1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.


22 posted on 07/14/2008 7:50:31 AM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: philetus

Nice catch! That’s a keeper!


23 posted on 07/14/2008 9:19:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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