So tcg, how do you square Conservatism with the Catholic church position, as enunciated by people like the Archbishop of Los Angeles who basically flaunts our country’s immigration laws vis a vis illegal Mexican Immigration? To my mind, you can’t have church hierarchy “deciding” that their ideas about compassion and all that trumping Federal law. What say you?
I'm Catholic, and I totally agree.
As a matter of fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church totally agrees with your standpoint as well. Here's the relevant text (CCC 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.
I sincerely hope that answers your question.
And, while I don't know all the stances of the new Los Angeles Bishop (José Gómez), he's generally known in conservative Catholic circles to be head-and-shoulders better than his detestable predecessor, Bishop Mahoney. Maybe it is Mahoney that you are referring to.
Dealing with boneheaded Bishops is a cross we in the US Church often need to carry. At least things appear to be getting better, slowly but surely.
I square it by saying that the Archbishop of LA does not represent the church, or Catholics as a whole.
Ann Coulter is not a Catholic, and has never identified herself as a Catholic. Her father was a Catholic, her mother was protestant and she was raised protestant. She says she’s a “Christian” and leaves it at that. Catholics are proud to be called Catholic.
Ann Coulter is a blowhard RINO. Nothing more.
You most likely have no clue as to what the actual teaching of the Church is as opposed to prudential statements made by members of the clergy.