Monday, April 10, 2006

Bp. Morlino Misinterprets Immigration

Not that it's a big surprise--after all, Abp. Dolan is banging the same drum--but Bp. Morino of Madison not only repeats a deception, but he intends to march around Madison to support:

ILLEGAL aliens.

Those who offer food, English lessons and a compassionate ear to undocumented aliens should not have to fear they are committing a crime.

Excellency, you're wrong. While any Federal prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, the likelihood of indicting a Catholic priest for "offering food" to an illegal is ...well...miniscule. And the likelihood of the Feds actually bringing such a case and WINNING is also....miniscule.

Unless, of course, the prosecutor has more in his bag--like "furthering the stay" of the ILLEGAL alien--and likely, a "pattern and practice" sheet of prior violations.

As to teaching someone English: that looks like a bit more "furthering the stay" of the ILLEGAL alien to me. Teaching English doesn't happen while you're taking the ILLEGAL alien to the local office of the INS.

HT: Letters in Bottles

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is VERY clear on the topic of "Immigrants:"

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.

What part of ILLEGAL don't you understand?


M.Z. Forrest said...

Let me know when you find a bishop that actually supports this legislation.

M.Z. Forrest said...

Yes, the catechism is crystal clear:
Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected

To deny a natural right, mitigating circumstances must be present as outlined in the second paragraph.

Dad29 said...

NOW you've identified the real meat of the matter. It is incumbent on the Gummint to prioritize and work with the priorities.

I maintain that "inculturation" should be a priority, for example; that naturally limits the number of immigrants from one particular country, because they must assimilate, not Balkanize.

But: what timeframe is required for assimilation? Should we allow two or three generations? Maybe!

Not likely that our Congress will actually consider this, though...