By WILLIAM MAYER
November 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - One must always be suspect when a leftist media source [in this case the big enchilada herself, the Gray Lady] dubs someone a conservative because that political philosophy is is anathema to everything for which the NY Times stands. As a result, such designations are at best self serving, at worst mendacious efforts to skew the terms of the policy debate.
"The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York to be its president on Tuesday in a surprise move that reaffirmed the conservative direction of the Roman Catholic Church in America." [source, Laurie Goodstein, Dolan Chosen as President of U.S. Bishops' Group, New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/us/17bishops.html]
And such is the case here; while Archbishop Dolan is probably a very nice individual and a competent cleric, his stand on immigration for example places him far to the left politically.
In an April writing [see, http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=36322] entitled, "Immigration Reform, Here We Go Again," his viewpoint is doctrinaire leftist and so anti-traditional that it alone should bar him from holding any position of responsibility within the Catholic Church.
Throughout this essay he intentionally conflates the term "illegal alien" with "legal immigrant." He does this artlessly, setting it forth as a given, an assumed fact not in evidence, "Throughout American history, whenever there is tension and turmoil in society - economic distress, political rifts, war, distrust and confusion in culture - the immigrant unfailingly becomes the scapegoat."
What follows is the boilerplate of the multiculti warrior; vapid, smug and supremely unmindful of the consequences of not recognizing borders, the core belief which drives the radical illegal immigration lobby.
What we find particularly galling when men such as the Archbishop weigh in so absurdly, is his lack of recognition that without defensible and defended borders, the very concept of a nation state is rendered meaningless.
Dolan and the lefty gang which has over the last 100 years hijacked Catholicism claim absolute authority to define who can become a Catholic. For example one can't be a Catholic without accepting the Creed, part of which is, "We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ...we believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting, Amen."
This is as it should be, Catholic prelates should properly define what a Catholic is, yet they deny to the civil authority in the U.S., the right to determine what citizenship means, who is legal who is illegal.
Under current U.S. immigration law anyone who crossed a border illegally to reside here is a criminal, they are illegal aliens and subject to deportation. The fact that no recent president has had the fortitude to enforce the law does not negate it.
Yet Archbishop Dolan wants to interpret extant U.S. law and an international legal tradition which goes back at least as far as the Treaty of Westphalia  according to his own personal viewpoint.
Sorry Archbishop, just as you oppose cafeteria Catholics who decide on their own to construct a Catholicism of their own liking, tradition opposes with its every fiber what can only be described as your reckless disregard for American security as expressed by your views on immigration.
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