CONSERVATIVE LAWMAKERS GO TO BATTLE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OVER CHRISTIAN CHARITY TO IMMIGRANTS.
Washington DC - March 21, 2006 - Catholics for Faithful Citizenship is joining over 70 Catholic Diocese nationwide in opposition to the attacks on the Catholic Church leadership and Catholic Social teaching by far right politicians and political operatives. In defense of HR 4437, a bill roundly criticized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, these lawmakers and their supporters continue to trivialize central teachings of the Catholic Church.
HR 4437 will, among other provisions, criminalize Christian charity as practiced by the Church. The legitimate concerns of Church leadership are answered by shallow promises that, while the law is clear in its language, churches will not be prosecuted. Along with his message of don’t worry be happy, the bill’s co-sponsor and Catholic, U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) has been a vocal critic of the Bishop’s advocacy of Catholic teaching on immigrant justice. In a recent interview with the New York Times, King described the Bishops as “the left wing of the Catholic Church — these are the frustrated social workers.” In recent weeks during an interview on The O'Reilly Factor Representative King was asked if he thought opposition to HR 4437 reflects the “left-wing” politics of the church. King responded, “Yes, I do. I think it's become politically correct within the Catholic Church to take these very liberal positions.” Catholics for Faithful Citizenship would suggest Rep. King review Deuteronomy 24:17-22 and it’s call to care for the alien. Care for the least among us is not a liberal idea; it is one of the principle teachings of our faith. Rep. King should apologize to the millions of Catholics, including the Holy Father who are committed to the rich traditions of Catholic Social Teachings.
GOP Catholic spokespersons Deal Hudson of the Morley Institute and Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, a conservative journal about religion and public life have both been quick to defend their right-wing ideological counterparts in Congress by questioning Catholic Teaching on immigration. These are the same spokespersons that claim a moral high ground behind Church Teaching when the issue suits them. The Catholic Church’s teaching is clear on the issues of immigration. By what authority do Hudson and Neuhaus challenge this teaching for their political bosses?
“The sponsors of HR 4437 are quick to claim they are champions of values, especially Christian values”, said Jeff Sinnard, spokesperson for Catholics for Faithful Citizenship. “Someone should remind them of the Christian values of justice and mercy. The hypocrisy of Representatives King and Sensenbrenner on this issue is amazing when you consider how quickly they clothe themselves in religion and cozy up to the Church when it suits their own narrow purposes.”
What isn't patently obvious in this phoney baloney democratic proabort dissident "catholic" shtick of opening up the overburdened system to all the people in this country illegally - is the amount of poverty stricken and elderly who will further suffer as a result.
As soon as there's enough money in the pot for our elderly to get the medical benefits, medication, hospital care, insurance, housing, food they need - we'll all be happy to open up the borders again.
When we have enough money to house the homeless, the mentally ill, - we'll all be happy to open up the borders again.
When there is enough free fuel to heat the homes of the poor who can't afford 3 dollars a gallon - we'll all be happy to open up the borders again.
When groceries get to the point that it stops costing a family of four 200 dollars a week to eat - we'll all be happy to open up the borders again.
This is nothing but feigned charity. Mahoney doesn't know the plight of the poor Americans in his diocese, nor would he champion for them at the legislature.
The low paying jobs that used to go to people who are citizens of this country - are now deprived of that income. They are unemployed as a result of illegals who will work for half the costs. Americans are homeless due to this charade. Elderly are cutting their pills in half, if they can afford them at all because of this scam. They're going without eyeglasses and surgeries they can't afford to co-pay because of this sham.
There's a process for coming into this country and everyone is subject to it. My grandparents were subject to it. You're grandparents were subject to it. We'd all be subject to it if we wanted to flee this hell hole and live in Italy.
Incidently, has anyone done a check on "Jeff Sinnard" to see if he is a real human being?