The most recent iteration of the application of this thought--tracing its roots back to St. Augustine--transpired a short time back at Chicago's DePaul University when Cardinal Francis George called upon Congress to revise U.S. immigration laws.
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Cardinal George told the audience:
We need to revise [immigration laws] so that families can remain together
and will be able to work, free of being torn apart....Deportation of non-criminals
simply must end..[deportations] separate families and thus contribute to a
tremendous erosion of social capital.
The Cardinal then went on to tell reporters:
We should end deportations because they break up families. The family is
the basic unit of our society, so if you break up families deliberately, you're
going to have a much weaker society.
Nothing Cardinal George said about the effects of illegal immigration is incorrect. What he didn't say--and basic honesty requires noting this--is that every nation on earth has immigration laws and routinely enforces those laws. This includes the Vatican City State which is protected from the Roma (gypsies, not Romans) by a massive wall. Furthermore, Pope Benedict XVI upheld the rights of nations to defend their borders, stating that immigration should take place legally, not illegally. Furthermore, while Pope Francis calls upon the nations be charitable toward immigrants, his own nation isn't doing diddly-squat to protect illegal immigrants.
The Motley Monk happens to think the Church's laws in these and other matters are correct and binding. But, it strikes The Motley Monk as somewhat duplicitous that many in the U.S. Catholic hierarchy willingly turn a deaf ear to what are clear violations of civil law simply because it suits their agenda.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Chicago Tribune article, click on the following link: