Vital Signs

The Bishops' Quest for Amnesty

In January, when the Catholic Church in the United States was supposedly devoting all of Her efforts to preventing taxpayer funding of abortion in ObamaCare, America’s Catholic bishops took a distracting detour, announcing a nationwide “Justice for Immigrants” campaign.  Their goal: to distribute millions of postcards to parishes throughout the country so Catholics could demand that Congress “enact immigration reform as soon as possible.”  Two months later, the bishops expressed shock and chagrin when ObamaCare passed with abortion funding intact.  But one leading prelate, Roger Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles, revealed the bishops’ real priorities.  Summarizing an interview with him, Catholic News Services writes,

Now that a health care bill will help millions of uninsured people receive affordable medical care, . . . it’s time for the government to address the millions of people who are living in the shadows because they lack legal immigration status.

Mahony’s candor reflects an infection in America’s Catholic Church that has been festering for decades.  Catholic bishops are charged with proclaiming and defending the timeless teachings of the Church on faith and morals.  Even those who disagree are not surprised when the Church teaches that abortion is an intrinsic evil.  After all, the bishops must faithfully preserve and defend...

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