Skip to comments.Catholics and immigration in Arizona
Posted on 07/13/2010 7:42:37 PM PDT by NoLibZone
Illegal immigration is at the centre of a renewed American debate. Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer recently signed SB1070, also known by the cheerful misnomer "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." At present, immigration is regulated by federal law. SB1070 will give the state of Arizona special powers to enforce this. It allows police to question a person's legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is not an American citizen.
Their "illegal" status is the primary accusation against Mexican immigrants. But Father Charlie argues that this is a bureaucratic documentation problem, not a criminal act. "We are talking about paperwork, not a crime. By calling an undocumented worker a criminal, you put them in the same category as a rapist or burglar. This is our lowest moment. To vilify people for who they are, not what they have done."
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Unitl the Catholic Church is held accountable by it’s parishoners for it’s error on this issue, don’t expect it to be fully solved.
Any church, proclaiming itself to be of God that does not honor the laws of the land it resides in and supports those flagrantly break those laws, is walking outside the commands of Christ and the apostles.
Furthermore, since Illegals are nothing better than thieves because they take what is not theirs legally, that is tax-payer funded benefits, the error by the Catholic church and OTHER Churches, cannot be excused,.
Well. That certainly pi$$ed me off. Just because the UK has given up on the rule of law and surrendered to parasites doesn’t mean we have to.
Another soft-headed pinko priest. They’re a dime a dozen.
More catholics means more political power..
More latins more political power..
The UK Guardian is a far left publication. Its reporters should instead ask UK citizens their opinions regarding the UK’s immigrant Pakistani muslims who preach hatred, disloyalty and sharia law.
I am a Catholic and the great majority of my Catholic friends strongly support SB 1070. The naive sayings of a parish priest should not form your opinion of Catholics.
The Catholic Church’s stand on illegal immigration has been consistent since about the 4th century AD. It’s one of the things that brought down the Roman Empire (all those wonderful future converts streaming across the frontiers) and it could destroy the US too.
Fortunately, the Catholic Church is not a democracy. The Catechism takes care of practical issues, and takes care of this one rather nicely and straight forwardly. The Church is not in error, priests are. They are human. To disregard the borders of nations is not excused by the Catholic Church. Period. Lawlessness is not okay. Yes, illegals here by 20 years or more may pose a difficult case, with many fully productive and patriotic individuals who are now with practically grown children born here, and others with grandchildren. However, for this nation to be under seige is unapologetically wrong and is abusive toward an otherwise charitable people. Catholics know this.
This idiot sounds like Bill O'Reilly. No you imbecile, it is against our laws and is a CRIME, punishable by 6 months in prison for the first time your caught and it's a FELONY for the second time with 2 years imprisonment being the sentence.
You enter my house without permission, it's a crime. You enter my car without permission, it's a crime. You enter my Country without permission, it's a crime. What's so hard for these dimwits to understand?
I would have no problem prosecuting these Priests and Bishops for aiding and abetting criminals.
Thanks for your response. It is time for targeted donations in the weekly envelopes.
He’ just a misguided soul with an opinion in the matter regarding illegal immigration, one that's different from my priest's homily (sermon) last week, who preached that aliens not following another country's rules and laws regarding immigration are behaving sinfully—yet, both are not dictates of the Catholic Church but rather one priest's opinion.
Although my priest's opinion I think is nearer to the truth. I'd challenge any nation on Earth who let's in more immigrants—legally—than the USA. None come even close. Yet the foreign press is going to berate our country over wanting to—but not actually—deporting illegal aliens?
Catholics are not suddenly teaching people to disobey the law. Following the rule of law is required in order to be a Christian. Sure, we all have a moral imperative to disobey immoral laws, but how is our immigration law so ethically onerous, especially since we're letting in legal immigrants annually by the MILLIONS?
Why isn't it wrong to not wait your turn? Do those here illegally not know they're line jumping over others? Do they think those others patiently waiting are saps?
While I agree in general with the Catholic bishops being out of touch with reality, I can't let it pass without noting that your statement is pretty idiotic. What do they become Catholics when the cross the border?
I don't hold that against Catholics not involved, but they need to be aware that these things are funded with their donations.
Catholics are up for a political time. The money, property, and allowance of earthly forgiveness is under fire.
True Christians (I’m including Catholics here) know in their hearts what’s right and wrong—sin versus graceful works.
If I find several thousand dollars in an envelope with a business card on it; one with a name, phone number, and address, do I keep it, or try to contact the name on the card?
For a true Christian, that is a no-brainer. To keep it would be a sin, and imperils our soul. So we return it.
When we, then, as true Christians, violate another country’s reasonable laws on immigration, we are sinning. For a priest to advise a person that’s that is ust fine and dandy, well, in my opinion that priest is putting that soul and their own in jeporady. Since Catholics authorities are charged with safegaurding the souls in their flock, they are not being good shepherds, but rather wolves in sheeps clothing, to encourage illegal immigration. They are leading them to sin—not away.
I think illegals are not Christains at all. If they were, they’d be in line waiting for a visa.