March 22, 2006


Called by God to Help (ROGER MAHONY, 3/22/06, NY Times)

I'VE received a lot of criticism for stating last month that I would instruct the priests of my archdiocese to disobey a proposed law that would subject them, as well as other church and humanitarian workers, to criminal penalties. The proposed Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control bill, which was approved by the House of Representatives in December and is expected to be taken up by the Senate next week, would among other things subject to five years in prison anyone who "assists" an undocumented immigrant "to remain in the United States."

Some supporters of the bill have even accused the church of encouraging illegal immigration and meddling in politics. But I stand by my statement. Part of the mission of the Roman Catholic Church is to help people in need. It is our Gospel mandate, in which Christ instructs us to clothe the naked, feed the poor and welcome the stranger. Indeed, the Catholic Church, through Catholic Charities agencies around the country, is one of the largest nonprofit providers of social services in the nation, serving both citizens and immigrants.

Providing humanitarian assistance to those in need should not be made a crime, as the House bill decrees. As written, the proposed law is so broad that it would criminalize even minor acts of mercy like offering a meal or administering first aid.

While the nativists ask, "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2006 12:00 AM

Mahoney's a virtual Episcopalian: squishy on life issues, big into "economic justice," almost as soft on creep priests as law was in Boston. He's for illegal aliens because his lefty friends are; if the Democrats went nativist, he'd turn on a dime and follow them.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 22, 2006 10:09 AM

Then he will, because they are.

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2006 10:13 AM

Good, let him stand by his principles and deny tax-exempt status.

I thought we were still in the 70s, but since the stovepipe jeans, leg warmers and off-the-shoulder shirts are coming back, here come the 80s!

Now if the stock market can work it's magic.....

Posted by: Sandy P at March 22, 2006 10:15 AM

Unfortunately for the Cardinal absolutely no one looks to him for moral authority anymore, a tragic result of the pedophile coverup.

Sandy P: Nonsense. Religious figures must be allowed to speak out on their convictions. Otherwise you don't have "separation of church & state", you have church subservience to state.

Posted by: b at March 22, 2006 10:21 AM
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