November 14, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, who chairs the USCCB’s Committee on Migration [Committee staff here] is all over the media today, the reason being his November 11 statement regarding immigration and the incoming administration.
A quick abstract of Elizondo’s pitch:
“[we] recognize the contributions of refugees and immigrants to the overall prosperity and well-being of our nation…Serving and welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the world is part of our identity as Catholics. The Church will continue this life-saving tradition. Today, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, the need to welcome refugees and provide freedom from persecution is more acute than ever and 80 of our dioceses across the country are eager to continue this wonderful act of accompaniment born of our Christian faith…”
First let us deal with Bishop Elizondo himself. He was born in Victoria Tamaulipas, México and was ordained as a priest within the order of Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.
Indicative of the order’s emphasis on Mexico, its website is primarily coded in Spanish, though a very small amount of the sites’ content is available in English. Hence we make the assumption that the Bishop remains intensely involved with his native land, perhaps to the detriment of his overall judgment. We are uncomfortable when an American Church prelate seems to be more concerned with his homeland than that of his adopted country.
As a bit of background, Elizondo’s statement at the 2014 Catholic National Migration Conference:
“Our mission as Church is to defend the rights of the migrant, no matter what the political situation or polls may dictate,” said Bishop Elizondo. “We must continue to push our lawmakers on both sides to act on this important national issue, as our fellow human beings continue to suffer under this broken system.”
This declaration is alarming as it is clearly an effort by the Bishop to force his personal viewpoint regarding illegal immigration on the U.S. public, regardless of the will of the people.
Below from The USCCB on “immigration” reform :
“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) opposes "enforcement only" immigration policies and supports comprehensive immigration reform. In Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, the U.S. Catholic Bishops outlined the elements of their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. These include:
Earned Legalization: An earned legalization program would allow foreign nationals of good moral character who are living in the United States to apply to adjust their status to obtain lawful permanent residence. Such a program would create an eventual path to citizenship.”
In other words, it is the position of the governing body of the U.S. Catholic Church, justified by much dissembling, that the Southern border is somehow un-Christian, that the United States’ has the moral obligation to accept what amounts to an unlimited number of illegals and furthermore that these illegals must eventually become citizens of the United States.
As is common with official Catholic documents, scattered throughout the text are references to the legal right of nation states to maintain and enforce borders, but again - as is all too often the case with these oddly reasoned pressers - the references to legalisms are at war with the preponderance and spirit of the text.
The official dogma of the Church is expressed in its Catechism and the section which is relevant to migration encompasses only two paragraphs, in what is a 922 page document. Perhaps more importantly there appears to be no doctrinal basis upon which to base USCCB’s expansive immigration policies.
“2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions , especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.” [emphasis added]
What is really going on here is pretty simple. According to the consolidated 2014-2015 financial statement of the USCCB , the organization derives over half of its operating budget from federal funding, nearly $81M [see pg. 4] which of course justifies the existence of the USCCB’s “Office of Government Relations.”
According to note #3 of the statement:
“Since 1975 USCCB has entered into various agreements with the United States Government to assist in the resettlement of refugees immigrating to the United Sates and to provide specialized services to particularly vulnerable migrants, such as unaccompanied minors and victims of human trafficking. The resettlement activities are financed by government agencies, principally the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Immigration and Nationality act…” [pg. 14]
In short the official teaching of the American Catholic Church, as represented by the USCCB on immigration is without scriptural basis and hence heterodox, based upon the desire to keep the federal funds flowing, especially in light of the reality that its huge traditional funding base [Catholic parishes] appears to be dying.
In fact Catholics are fleeing the Church:
“A report released Tuesday by the Pew Forum finds that the total number of Catholics in the United States dropped by 3 million since 2007, now comprising about 20 percent - or one-fifth - of the total population.
And perhaps more troubling for the church, for every one Catholic convert, more than six Catholics leave the church. Taken a step further, Catholicism loses more members than it gains at a higher rate than any other denomination, with nearly 13 percent of all Americans describing themselves as ‘former Catholics.’”
The equation here is pretty simple and, not so coincidentally, one that mirrors the transformation of the Democrat party in many ways.
Since Vatican II, traditional Catholics hungry for authentic spiritual guidance and support have been driven out of their former houses of worship by the progressive/Marxist secularists – the social justice warriors. Adding to this wholesale change in Catholic dogma have been the sexual scandals, the effect of which are impossible to overestimate.
Faced with a huge superstructure that requires both funding as well as warm bodies to carry on the Church’s business, the USCCB has embraced the notion of open borders with a vengeance hoping to replace native born or legally naturalized American citizens with the dregs of the Third World.
It follows then that as the Church becomes more and more dependent upon government to fund its vast operation, the American Catholic Church is rapidly marching towards the prospect of being a hollowed-out faith, an ideologically leftist business disguised as the religion of Christ, with just enough of the traditional rituals and glitzy vestments to confound the gullible.
Additionally and perhaps most importantly, since the Church either does not recognize or fully understand the consequences of its immigration charade, its future looks very bleak.
If U.S. Catholicism Inc., succeeds in materially altering the demographic of the U.S., replacing those with a devotion to the ideas of the Enlightenment and the Reformation - i.e. the bedrock of Western Civilization - with new [and financially dependent] arrivals with no understanding of, or dedication to governance within a constitutionally bound republican democracy, it will inevitably lose what is most dear, the unrestricted freedom to practice its religion.
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