[Hat-tip to Canon212: “Phil Lawler: US bishops might start to lose credibility with their unpopular drumbeat”]
By Phil Lawler | Mar 30, 2017
[Conclusion (Read the rest at www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otn.cfm?id=1211 )]
My point, in offering these reflections, is that if Catholic leaders hope to play a productive role in contemporary American public debates, they must grapple with the tough practical questions. It just won’t wash to continue scolding politicians for lacking compassion toward immigrants, without acknowledging that the flood of immigrants causes serious problems. It is not credible to continue insisting that there is no tie between Islam and terrorism, when scores of bombers and shooters claim otherwise. Dodging the difficult issues is a failure of leadership. And as we have seen, when leaders fail, others will rise up to take their place.