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Indiana Catholic bishops, writing about immigrants, says the faithful should "welcome others as Christ himself," declaring pretty much an open-borders position, providing strong evidence for the wisdom of the separation of church and state:

“Immigration reform is evident and should include a broad-based program of earned legalization for undocumented persons; a temporary worker program with appropriate protections for both U.S. and foreign workers; changes to the family-based immigration system to reduce waiting times for family reunification; and restoration of due process for immigrants,” it says.

The letter also says, “Immigrants in this country without proper documentation should be provided opportunities to obtain legalization if they demonstrate good moral character and earned legalization should be achievable and independently verifiable.”

That's amnesty, a sure way to gurantee the 10 or 12 million illegal immigrants -- a term the bishops are careful not to use -- already here will be joined by 20 or 30 million more. We are all brothers and sisters in the church's view, which means borders are of minimal importance. That's fine for the church, but the government has to be more concerned with secure borders than the lip service paid to them by the bishops.

But it's not, really. I should't be too hard on the bishops, I suppose, for articulating a view that is likely to become government policy before the year is out.

Posted in: Religion


Fri, 01/19/2007 - 6:25am

Probably doesn't hurt that a majority of the immigrants are likely to be Catholics.

Fri, 01/19/2007 - 6:38am

When I heard a representative at the Vatican making similar noises it occurred to me that it would be interesting what action the Vatican would take if illegal aliens began camping out in Vatican City.

You suppose Their Eminences would invite the illegals to crash in St. Peter's Basilica?

The Catholic Church ought to stick to doing what it does best. Oh wait a minute. What they've done best in this country in the last century is protect pedophile priests.

I am so sick of the Catholic Church and its subsidiary Catholic Charities working against the interests of the American people. The American people are fed up. And when we take action, we will remember who was with us, and who, like the Catholic Church hierarchy, was against us.

Fri, 01/19/2007 - 11:18am

The Catholic church is corrupt and has lost any good reputation it may have had with protecting child molesting priests. They need to shut up and go home. I agree, do they want to provide all of the health care, food, free education, housing and other welfare freebies they get not to mention their criminal activity?