The debate continues to rage over Cardinal Mahony's instructions to his priests to ignore future immigration laws while cloaking his justification in biblical verse. He is not the first to do so. Cardinal McCarrick the archbishop of Washington, DC, has also made a similar claim about current immigration laws. It is this author's opinion that such exhortations are prima facie evidence of preaching and practicing sedition. It is further suggested that the rampant, willful continuance of unlawfully 'aiding and abetting' illegal aliens by the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities and others, is ALSO a form of sedition.
Read the complete article Catholic Church & Charities ~ Preach & Practice Sedition from American Chronicle.
Despite the tenor of the article, it's rather quite informative in its look at the definition of sedition and how Archbishop Mahony's comments and efforts pretty much fit the bill. The quote of Romans 13 in bright red text is also quite powerful when taken in the context of what author Daneen G. Peterson, Ph.D. is arguing. Ms. Peterson also examines how the Church's non-profit status could be in jeopardy.
Included in my parish bulletin yesterday that I picked up as Mass was an insert entitled 'MYTHS ABOUT IMMIGRATION'. Made up of various sections, each one starts out with a myth and then an answer to that myth. It represents what I think is a disconnect between what the Catholic Church is telling the public it supports and what it actually supports.
For example from the insert:
MOST IMMIGRANTS CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY
Around 75% of today's immigrants have legal permanent (immigrant) visas; of the 25% that are undocumented, 40% overstayed temporary (non-immigrant) visas.
On the one hand, as this insert with its facts and figures pointed out, most immigrants in this country are legal, law-abiding people who are integrating, working hard and basically living the American Dream. With the facts and figures about these legal immigrants, the Church seems to want to tell us that all is well.
The disconnect comes when one looks at what Cardinals Mahony and McCarrick are suggesting when it comes to disobeying the law. They want Catholics to be convinced by information on legal immigration to support their efforts to subvert US efforts at dealing with illegal immigration.
Is that supposed to make sense?