Even though he’s right on this he’s still just a Pope and not a grantor of (nor dictator of) rights.
This is for those FReepers who claim that B16 is pro-illegal immigrations.
which he has never claimed to be. The whole point of the Catholic doctrine of the temporal order is that there are certain rights, duties and principles that transcend our volatile convictions and majorities. If you can put your anti-catholicism aside for a moment, when your favorite politicians or thinker says that citizens have certain rights, is such politician or thinker speaking as a grantor or “dictator” of said rights or is he just reminding a fact to his listeners/readers?
It’s certainly true that the pope is not a grantor or dictator of rights. He would not claim to be.