Francis Cardinals Support Amnesty Over Religious Freedom

Francis Cardinals Support Amnesty Over Religious Freedom

June 24, 2017
By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Fireworks erupted at the June meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a debate over funding priorities, as reported in last week’s Wanderer by Claire Chretien of LifeSiteNews (p. 3B).
Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark opposed efforts to make permanent the committee to protect religious liberty, advocating instead the continued funding of a special committee that advocates amnesty for illegal aliens and other Obama initiatives (the “ad hoc” committee was formed last fall, shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election).
Cardinals Donald Wuerl of Washington and Timothy Dolan of New York came to the defense of the religious freedom committee, and Conference President Cardinal DiNardo of Houston finally agreed to support funding both committees.
As Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore observed, the USCCB already has a permanent Office of Refugees and Migration Services, which receives hundreds of millions of federal taxpayer dollars (the USCCB did not respond to a request for comment). The new “ad hoc” committee’s leadership comprises six major committee chairmen, and its additional activities are described on the conference’s website:
“Activities . . . of the working group included statements responding to executive orders on interior enforcement, sanctuary cities, and refugee resettlement; and on legislation including [Obama’s] BRIDGE Act, which would provide temporary relief from deportation to youth previously protected through [Obama’s] Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“The group also facilitates diocesan resources such as policy reports, prayers, educational materials, action alerts, and pastoral accompaniment, and has held frequent communications among the members to discuss concerns and priorities. They also share episcopal guidance with outside partners such as Catholic Relief Services; Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.; Center for Migration Studies; and Catholic Charities USA.”
All of these efforts by our bishops support Obama’s policies and oppose President Trump’s; and no mention is made of the hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal funding the bishops might lose, should Trump’s policies and budget priorities be enacted in law.
Curiously, the bishops did not address the approaching 49th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s promulgation of the encyclical Humanae Vitae.
Perhaps the fact that they receive no federal funding for teaching and defending that doctrine explains why no efforts were announced to “facilitate the teaching” of that magisterial doctrine with “diocesan resources such as policy reports, prayers, educational materials, action alerts and pastoral accompaniment…[or] frequent communications among the members to discuss concerns and priorities.”

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