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Archbishop Timothy Dolan: Immigration Reform. Here We Go Again Comments

'And, here we go again!  Arizona is so scared, apparently, and so convinced that the #1 threat to society today is the immigrant that it has passed a mean-spirited bill of doubtful constitutionality that has as its intention the expulsion of the immigrant.What history teaches us, of course, is that not only are such narrow-minded moves unfair and usually unconstitutional, but they are counterproductive and harmful'. Continue Reading

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  1. Manhattan
    4 years ago

    Doesn't sound to me as though the Archbishop read the bill.

  2. Frank
    4 years ago

    It is sad to see a Catholic Bishop, committed to the truth, categorically misspeak. Archbishop Dolan impugns the intentions of Arizonans who want nothing more than the rule of law and that insist that the laws of the country be applied equally. It is clear from his statement that he did not read the Arizona law. He disingenuously argues to create a permanent underclass that seeks to brand all immigrants as somehow unable to follow the rule of law that others must follow. He obliquely makes an argument based upon race that is odious and offensive. If an individual is reasonably suspected of committing an offense all potential offenses rightly should be counted. Instead Archbishop Dolan argues that laws should be selectively applied in the tradition of moral relativism, a discredited concept antithetical to Catholic teaching. Is it any wonder that church attendance is falling and that 52-54% of American Catholics support or are neutral to the scourge of abortion? When law can be selectively applied based upon race and untruth and that action can be called "just" what difference does the life of an unborn child make? The unborn and the truth are both casualties. Ignoring the laws against abuse and pedophilia and shielding the perpetrators is another case of ignoring the law and truth. The instant issue is not about immigrants but about individuals entering the country illegally, committing crimes and offenses and cheating to obtain other peoples money and support.

    St. Anthony of Padua (Sermon I, 202), should give our entire clergy pause:

    The Bishop [who] sits upon the donkey that sees the angel, but he himself cannot see it With his bad example he plunges the benevolent community of the faithful first into sinfulness he confuses the people and does not see the angel. He sees the devil who wants to plunge him into hell!

  3. Ben
    4 years ago

    Wow....?! I can't believe that the word "Nativist" is being used once again. I myself am a Catholic who supports the Arizona law. The law isn't "anti-immigrant" or "Nativist". The law is about enforcing federal law already in place that isn't being enforced. And the only reason the left wants to legalize the illegals is so they will have what amounts to absolute power. Think about it: do you really want the pro-choice/pro-gay marriage people having unchallengable power? I think not.

  4. Joe Giardina
    4 years ago

    I have all the respect in the world, and admire Archbishop Timothy Dolan very much. To be sure his historical analysis of America's paradoxical anti-immigration mind set is right on.
    However this time the issue has a different complexion and that is the fact that presently millions of migrants are illegal unlike past waves of immigration. Combined with an expensive overload on medical services and associated costs, employment, illegal drug trafficking, and issues of taxation and exploitation there are no easy answers to these problems.

    There can and should be a Christian solution to this situation and that would require taking time to analyze the populations and separate the sheep from the giving top priority to those with families, houses and jobs who have been here for awhile on the one hand and send packing the criminal element that makes up a small BUT significant number of the total.

    What is not a solution is to hastily create a blanket amnesty bill that no legislator will read and then shove it down the throats of citizens as has been the ruling power's modus operandi.
    Thwarting the Democratic Party's cynical move to create a insurmountable electoral base by providing such amnesty will help balance the scales of justice for all involved.

  5. Ado
    4 years ago

    We love immigrants. We just want them to be legal!

  6. Bulbajer
    4 years ago

    Hooray for Archbishop Dolan!

  7. glenn huch
    4 years ago

    There is a huge difference between coming to a country the legal way vs crossing a border illegally. The Europeans people came the legal way!!! What would happen if you went across the border to Mexico without proper paper work. You would be put in jail!! Please use some common sense.

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