No, this isn't a "bash the bishops" post, for once
We've lost a little under 3,000 Americans killed in combat in Iraq. Since September 11, 2001, we've lost 45,625 Americans in a much different war... in a war we're losing. It's being reported that illegal aliens murder 12 Americans every day, and 13 Americans every day are killed by drunk illegal alien drivers.
The number of Americans killed in Iraq multiplied by 15 since September 11th.
Eight American children are victims of sexual abuse by illegal aliens every day – a total of 2,920 annually. Rape, sodomization, sexual torture. Eight per day. And we do less than nothing.
Am I blaming ALL illegal aliens? Of course not. What I am saying, however, is that the above mentioned statistics are yet more bitter fruits that has fallen from the Tree of Political Correctness.
I've had the bad manners to point out the obvious, specifically, that being an illegal alien is a mortal sin.
I've also been equally politically correct to illustrate that those who break our nation's laws... any nation's laws... are in direct contradiction to the official teaching of The Church.
Now with all that said, the bishops of the Carolinas and Georgia have written a letter to Congress asking for Immigration Reform. I couldn't agree with them more. Unfortunately, we happen to define "reform" much differently. Unlike the bishops, I don't look upon illegal aliens "as scapegoats of the economic and political troubles in our nation".
Their mere presence in this nation as illegal aliens (emphasis on illegal) makes them just another demographic in the vast panorama of lawbreakers that live in this country. What's so hard to understand? They broke the laws of this nation, the laws of The Church, a couple of Commandments... and somehow, those who are desirous of only legal immigration are painted as the bad guys?
My bishop, His Excellency Michael Burbidge, seems like a good man. As I've stated on this blog in the past, I'm cautiously optimistic about him. Even though I disagree with him in this specific case, I'm sure his heart's in the right place. I just think that he and the rest of the signatories are one-sided in their thinking.
But as I was saying... the Great American Dream, for that matter, the whole basis of Catholicism, was never based on lying, cheating and stealing. Giving in to 12-20 million gate crashers is.
One good thing I'll say about this letter --- at least they didn't try to pass this off as official Church Teaching nor did they give the impression that ALL Catholics must agree with their opinion.
Now that's refreshing.