Thursday, April 29, 2010


"Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has criticized Arizona legislation targeting illegal immigrants as “mean-spirited” and “counterproductive and harmful.” Viewing the measure as a manifestation of historic American nativism, he said immigrants should be welcomed and their legalization and citizenship should be advanced.

Writing in an April 27 entry on his blog “The Gospel in the Digital Age,” Archbishop Dolan said at times of social turmoil the immigrant “unfailingly becomes the scapegoat.”

He then listed what he described as “periodic spasms” of anti-immigrant “fever”: the Nativists of the 1840s who led mobs to torch Irish homes and Catholic churches; the Know-Nothings of the 1850s; the American Protective Association of the late 19th century who feared the arrival of immigrants from Italy, Poland, and Germany; the Ku Klux Klan who fomented hate against blacks, Jews, Catholics and foreigners; and the eugenics movement."
Catholic News Agency

To Archbishop Dolan and all the other apologists for illegal activities; we do welcome immigrants to this country. Legal immigrants.

Somehow suddenly, in the minds of American Church leadership, asking someone from another country to follow our laws has become synonymous with Nazism and eugenics.

1897 "Human society can be neither well-ordered nor prosperous unless it has some people invested with legitimate authority to preserve its institutions and to devote themselves as far as is necessary to work and care for the good of all."
By "authority" one means the quality by virtue of which persons or institutions make laws and give orders to men and expect obedience from them.

1898 Every human community needs an authority to govern it.16 The foundation of such authority lies in human nature. It is necessary for the unity of the state. Its role is to ensure as far as possible the common good of the society.

1899 The authority required by the moral order derives from God: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."
Catechism of the catholic Church

The question, as far as the bishops should be concerned, is whether or not the elected government in America is legitimate? Because if it is then it has the authority to create laws protecting its citizens and the citizens have the responsibility to obey those laws. Not just the citizens but anyone on American soil.

1903 Authority is exercised legitimately only when it seeks the common good of the group concerned and if it employs morally licit means to attain it. If rulers were to enact unjust laws or take measures contrary to the moral order, such arrangements would not be binding in conscience. In such a case, "authority breaks down completely and results in shameful abuse."
Catechism of the Catholic Church

So now I see the reason for the name calling; the bishop is creating a straw man argument, trying to paint the law as unjust so he can argue for disobedience. But is it? All Arizona is asking is that if a person comes to Arizona from another country they come through legal channels and have their paperwork in order. Is this unjust? Is it unjust to arrest someone that has broken the law if the law itself isn't unjust?

Now if Arizona really was run by Nazis and all illegals were immediately rounded up and taken to death camps, truthfully, I'd have to side with Archbishop Dolan. But that's not the case, is it? So is this law based on race? No. The fact is that the problems along the border are being caused by Mexican nationals, who surprisingly tend to be overwhelmingly Mexican. My guess is that if a Norwegian is caught in Arizona living illegally he'll be treated the same way. Of course, I doubt that there are too many Norwegians living in Arizona illegally. And even fewer of them will be involved with gangs in the drug trade, killing ranchers and making Phoenix the city with the second greatest number of kidnappings in the world.

So what's in this for the Church? Increased membership? Certainly possible. Most Mexicans are Catholics. But does that justify disobedience and working against the common good of a free society?

Is it because of "social justice"? Do the Progressive members of the Church believe that moving this distortion of true Catholic teaching forward justifies demonizing a state and its citizens? Do the ends always justify the means?

I don't know the answers to these questions. What I do know is that something is wrong with this public stance of the Church in America. And it is causing scandal among the faithful. And confusion.

Do the ends justify the means?

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  1. Catawissa,

    I tried commenting on this topic at Archbishop Dolan's blogsite:

    I doubt my comment will get published. I plagiarized some of your discussion.

  2. Steal away, my friend.

    I doubt you'll get published. And, if you see a car with a scary looking Jesuit following you, watch out!

  3. I have a mini-14 and plenty of ammo.


    I'm bad - probably need to go to Confession now!