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Monday, April 21, 2008

Pope Out of Line on Immigration

By: Carlton Huffman

The recent visit of Pope Benedict has been a time of great excitement for America’s Catholics and it is indeed a momentous occasion for all persons of the Christian faith. The Pope’s steadfast stances on the social issues that have plagued other denominations are refreshing and much needed to combat the culture of permissiveness that turns a blind eye to the murder of the unborn and the excusing of homosexuality as socially acceptable. The Pope has however engaged in unacceptable meddling in America’s domestic affairs by asking the Catholic community to welcome illegal aliens into their fold in a bold attempt to boost parish membership.

In addressing Catholic bishops in Washington the Pope stated "I want to encourage you and your communities to continue to welcome the immigrants who join your ranks today, to share their joys and hopes, to support them in their sorrows and trials and to help them flourish in their new home." In all due respect to the Pope these illegals are not home, they have come into our national home in violation of our law and ought not be welcomed by the Catholic Church in the same manner that legal Italian and Polish immigrants. It is to the disgrace of any church or denomination that aids and abets criminals and illegally breaking into this country is just as much a crime as breaking into a bank or private home. While all people deserve to be treated with dignity, no person of faith ought to assist in lawbreakers who day by day take from the Treasury our hard earned tax dollars that so many of us spent time recently documenting.

While the Pope ought to be lauded for his stances on abortion, marriage, and in healing the damage to the Catholic Church after the clergy abuse scandals the pontiff ought not to let church politics bring confusion to the faithful regarding the issue of illegal immigration. This issue is not one that ought to pit the conscience of a person of faith against the just laws of the United States regarding entry into this country. Our nation alone has the authority to determine whose national home this is, not the Pope.

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