[Marxism] U.A. Roman Catholic Church position on immigration bill

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 16 17:34:09 MDT 2006

The Catholic Church came out very strongly against Sensenbrenner
but for the McCain Kennedy bill. Mahony said that Sensenbrenner
would prevent the Catholic Church from providing pastoral and
secular services without demanding proof of legal residency and
has declared he will urge civil disobedience by the church helps
legitimize and encourage active resistance to these new policies.
When an institution as powerful and as deeply conservative as the
Roman Catholic Church starts talking about civil disobedience, it
is a strong sign that the Church, an eminently political group if
there ever was one, wants to stay in step with its popular base.

(In the interview below, Mahony comes out for the Specter bill.)

Walter Lippmann

Cardinal Mahony Speaks Out on Immigration Reform (4 minutes)

Day to Day, March 29, 2006 . Some American church leaders are
concerned new immigration laws could interfere with their religious
work in immigrant communities. Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony,
The archbishop of Los Angeles, has been an outspoken critic of some
immigration reform proposals, especially those that would make
illegal immigrants felons. Madeleine Brand talks with the cardinal
about why immigration is such an important issue for his church.


L.A. Cardinal Mahony Attacks Immigration Bill (7 minutes)

Weekend Edition Sunday, March 5, 2006 . Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los
Angeles says an immigration bill under consideration in Congress
would put serious limits on the church's ability to serve illegal
immigrants. He called for priests to defy the law if it passes. Liane
Hansen speaks about the issue with Kevin Appleby, director of
migration and refugee policy for the United States Conference of



Code: ZE06040523

Date: 2006-04-05

Immigration Bill "a Good Start," Says Episcopate

But Bishop Urges Senators to Reject Some Provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 5, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Comprehensive
Immigration Reform Act, recently sent to the U.S. Senate from its
Judiciary Committee, is "a good start," says a U.S. bishop.

Bishop Gerald Barnes, chairman of the U.S. episcopate's Committee on
Migration, made that assessment in a letter to the full U.S. Senate.
The letter was released Tuesday.

The letter called upon senators to "support efforts to bring the
Judiciary committee-reported bill to a vote."

Bishop Barnes expressed support for sections of the legislation that
would establish a temporary-worker program, reduce family-based
immigration backlogs, and establish an earned legalization program
for 11 million undocumented in the nation.

"The earned legalization program . represents sound public policy
because it would not only enhance our national security while
stabilizing the labor force in many important industries, but it
would also allow families to remain together," Bishop Barnes stated.


The prelate also pointed to several provisions in the bill which the
U.S. bishops' conference finds questionable.

These include mandatory-detention provisions; the expansion of
expedited removal; restrictions on judicial review; and the increase
in the authority of local law enforcement to enforce federal
immigration law.

The bishop asked senators to "eliminate or ameliorate these and other
highly problematic provisions in Title II as the Senate debates this

But Bishop Barnes expressed optimism that the U.S. Senate, and
ultimately Congress, will pass a bill which is worthy of a nation of

"Ultimately," he wrote, "the U.S. Catholic bishops support a
comprehensive approach to immigration reform that would improve the
U.S. immigration system so that it is humane, secure and reflects the
values upon which our nation -- a nation of immigrants -- was built."

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