No, the Cardinal was not commanding his priests to disobey the FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act by saving babies at Southland abortion mills. The proposed law he opposes is H.R. 4437, a bill to fight illegal entry into the USA.
The Cardinal objects to the bill's outlawing of any act that "assists, encourages, directs, or induces a person to reside in or remain in the United States, or to attempt to reside in or remain in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such person is an alien who lacks lawful authority to reside in or remain in the United States."
But last week a co-sponsor of the bill, Congressman Peter King (R-NY), who is Catholic, told Deal Hudson that the Cardinal is wrong about the bill. King said the bill targets gang members, smugglers and makers of fake ID cards, not priests, sisters and lay staffers of Catholic churches or agencies. King also said, "If those who are concerned about the language have better language to suggest, let them offer it and we will certainly consider it."
King's offer to consider changing the language makes the Cardinal's concern look like sensationalizing. Can we expect more of the same from the Cardinal as the abuse lawsuits mega-crisis worsens and the hot water rises around him?