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These articles are writen by Fr. Robideau, Hermit for the Diocese of Lansing
Are We on the Same Page?
Let me get this right – I just want to make sure we are all on the same page now.
When it comes to sodomites, people who do disgusting, terrible evil and sinful things that are contrary to the will of God and Natural Law, to this the Pope says, “Who am I to judge?”
When it comes to people who want to fulfill the good, moral and God given right to defend our boarders in order to protect the safety and well being of the American people, to this the Pope says, “They are not Christian!”
???????????... Maybe I am just using the wrong playbook or something?
Does the Church teach that the STATE has not only the right, but the duty, the obligation to protect the boarders of their nation? YES!
Does this include the right to control who may enter and to expel those who are not welcome or who come illegally? YES!
Does the Church teach that the STATE has the right and obligation to protect the citizens and civil peace? YES!
Does this include the right to fine, restrict, monitor, imprison and kill the offender? YES!
Does the Church teach that one MUST obey a just civil law? YES!
Does the Church teach that we must welcome and care for the stranger? YES!
If you are concerned about caring for the stranger, that only pertains to the innocent. When a visitor or immigrant (a stranger) comes to our country, respecting our laws and customs, then yes we show them our kindness and generosity by welcoming them and caring for them as needed. When they are illegal, they have shown us disrespect and we owe them only the basics of human respect until we expel them from our country.
The basics of human respect include: food, water, shelter, medical care, clothing and only enough comfort so as to not be cruel.
Does the Church teach the importance and the dignity of an intact family? YES!
If you are concerned about breaking up families by expelling the illegal immigrant, then you need to consider this first. – We separate families all the time when we imprison people. Who do we imprison? The guilty, those who have broken our laws. They broke the law, they put them selves in prison, they are responsible for breaking up their families, not the law. We say the same thing about sinners, in that we say God does not send you to hell, you send yourself there by your actions (sin). The illegal immigrant brought this problem on themselves and their families.
If you are concerned that our laws are to strict and unjust, then you need to consider that no other country is as welcoming as the United States. You cannot say that the laws are unjust and so do not need to be followed. I am not saying that the laws are perfect, but they do not deserve to be defied.
We love the immigrant and no other nation has ever built more bridges to embrace the immigrant than the United States.
At the same time, we are not a bunch of chumps who are willing to be walked all over and be taken advantage of. We still have the right and obligation to protect our boarders and our citizens who’s rights must be respected before that of the immigrant.