Skip to comments.DC Cardinal McCarrick: Church Will Push for Immigration, Gun Safety
Posted on 03/28/2013 8:30:55 AM PDT by haffast
A U.S. cardinal said he expects Catholic Church leaders to intensify efforts on behalf of a new immigration law and gun control measures as congressional legislation on the issues move forward.
Many undocumented immigrants are family people who came to make a contribution to American society, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Catholic prelate of the nations capital, said in an interview on Bloomberg Televisions Political Capital with Al Hunt, which airs this weekend.
The nations Catholic bishops will back up their endorsement of a path to legal status for such immigrants with more action once legislation is introduced, he added.
Im hoping that when we get a bill, youll see how active theyll be, McCarrick said.
While the Catholic Church hierarchy has clashed with President Barack Obama over abortion rights and his health-care laws mandate for contraception coverage, the nations bishops are allied with him on his stance for an immigration overhaul and gun control legislation.
We obviously are against these heavy-duty automatic weapons; their place is in war, McCarrick said. At the legislative battles flash point, I think we will find that the church is speaking out.
McCarrick, 82, didnt participate in the election of the new pope because of a church rule limiting voting to cardinals under 80 years of age. He was part of a related conclave of cardinals summoned to Rome for meetings on church issues.
As the U.S. Supreme Court considers a civil-rights case for same-sex marriage, McCarrick said he has no problem with civil unions for gay couples that confer the same rights as marriage under a different name.
I certainly would prefer that to what I could call a marriage, in quotes, McCarrick said.
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Getting involved in politics, wouldn’t that negate their tax exempt status?
You can bet big money that if the Catholic Church came out FOR gun rights and border security, Holder would have the IRS contact them immediately.
I’m Catholic and I totally disagree with this. They aren’t undocumented immigrants, they’re criminals. The Cardinal is also fine with “civil unions”. Just in time to air on Easter weekend...lovely.
Yet another leftist moron the Church refuses to kick out. Self inflicted destruction.
HEY CARDINAL.....STICK TO RELIGIOUS ISSUES!!!!
This is the first time I have to call a Catholic Cardinal dumb. The key word is WAR! War weapons have no place in any law enforcement agency within our borders so they are now at war? With who. Me?
I can except those agencies that are on our border because the war is with infiltrating America and many of these illegals could have war like weapons.
I give the rest to the Salvation Army and the Food Bank instead.
Why would they kick this Cardinal out? These are the Catholic Church's positions. Aside from a few things like abortion and gay marriage, the Catholic church is very liberal on everything from gun control, immigration, the death penalty, social welfare spending, etc.
I am Catholic too and this guy is a total lefty. He’s ok with civil unions for homos. WTF? I will greatly oppose all these measures.
Reading this article makes my brain hurt.
Fine. If the Church wants to weight in and advocate on political issues, they can start paying taxes.
They enjoy a tax free status as a non-political, religious institution. If they choose to be political, they can pay taxes like the rest of us.
Ping for later.
Actually, many people found it odd that McCarrick only served as Archbishop for five years. Benedict had been pope for less than a year and replaced McCarrick as soon as he turned 75.
“The Cardinal is also fine with civil unions. Just in time to air on Easter weekend...lovely.”
He never spouted this crap when he was our bishop in NJ. While not very vocal, I watched him loyally defend the celibate male priesthood, along the lines of: “The Holy Father has soken on this; there is nothing to discuss”. He didn’t even hold out hope that the Church would “evolve” in it’s position; it was a settled matter as far as he was concerned, and he wouldn’t discuss it further. I’m no fan of his, but he did institute a lot of safeguards against molester priests; for a large diocese he didn’t have half the legal issues Boston or LA did.
We’re freakin’ surrounded.
If the Catholic Church wants to help save the children, they should excommunicate abortion politicians and support the irradiation of dogs.
Another child was m ailed to deth by pits yesterday. Close to 50 children a year killed by them, and hundreds of thousands bitten, many of which are scarred and maimed for life. About 60,000,000 babies have been murdered in America since 1973 under color of law.
Gun violence? BS! It’s taking away our ability to defend ourselves against tyranny!
“Actually, many people found it odd that McCarrick only served as Archbishop for five years. Benedict had been pope for less than a year and replaced McCarrick as soon as he turned 75.”
You may be thinking of his role as Cardinal of Washington DC; he was the Archbishop of Newark in NJ (a larger, though less visible diocese) for much longer.
Maybe he’s just too old. People get a little “off” sometimes in old age. Cardinals are not exempt.
“Excerpts from the legal Settlement Documents include firsthand accounts that are also in the Newark Archdiocese records of an incident on a trip with McCarrick, then Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, with a seminarian and two young priests when they shared a room with two double beds, it reads:
· McCarrick, wearing just underwear, got into bed with one of the priests: Bishop McCarrick was sitting on the crotch of Fr. RC As I was watching TV with Fr BL [full names appear in the documents], bishop McCarrick was smiling and laughing and moving his hands all over Fr. RCs body. Bishop McCarrick was touching Fr. Cs body, rubbing his hands from head to toe and having a good time, occasionally placing his hands underneath Fr. Cs underwear. [I was] feeling very uncomfortable while trying to focus on television, and Fr. B.L., started smiling. As I looked at the bed next to me, Bishop McCarrick was excitedly caressing the full body of Fr. R.C. At that moment, I made eye contact [with] Bishop McCarrick. He smiled at me saying, ‘Dont worry, youre next.’ At that moment, I felt the hand of Fr. B.L. rubbing my back and shoulders. I felt sick to my stomach and went under the covers and pretended to sleep.
“McCarrick continued to pursue the young man, sent him notes and telephoned him. Notes reveal that it was the custom the Archbishop McCarrick to call his protégés nephew and encouraged his entourage to call each other cousin and for them to call him ‘uncle Ted.’
“On another occasion McCarrick summoned the young man to drive him from the Newark Cathedral to New York City. He took him to dinner; and after, rather than returning to Newark as anticipated McCarrick went to a one-room apartment that housed one bed and a recliner chair. McCarrick said that he would take the chair, but after showering he turned off the lights and clad in his underwear he climbed into bed with his guest. Here is the account from the documents:
He put his arms around me and wrapped his legs around mine. Then He started to tell me what a nice young man I was and what a good priest I would make someday. He also told me about the hard work and stress he was facing in his new role as Archbishop of Newark. He told me how everyone knows him and how powerful he was. The Archbishop kept saying, Pray for your poor uncle. All of a sudden, I felt paralyzed. I didnt have my own car and there was nowhere to go. The Archbishop started to kiss me and move his hands and legs around me. I remained frozen, curled up like a ball. I felt his penis inside his underwear leaning against my buttocks as he was rubbing my legs up and down. His hands were moving up and down my chest and back, while tightening his legs around mine. I tried to scream but could not
I was paralyzed with fear. As he continued touching me, I felt more afraid. He even tried several times to force his hands under my shorts. He tried to roll me over so that he could get on top of me, but I resisted, I felt sick and disgusted and finally was able to jump out of bed. I went into the bathroom where I vomited several times and started to cry. After twenty minutes in the bathroom, the Archbishop told me to come back to bed. Instead I went to the recliner and pretended to fall asleep.