One thing that stands out the most, as you read the Cardinal's replies, is that you deeply wish he would make similar remarks about saving BABIES in the womb from being aborted, and that he would also implement a powerful, meaningful baby-SAVING action plan that would capture national attention and inspire pro-life action everywhere.
Imagine if the Cardinal would make the following comment about our duty as Catholics to save babies from abortion: "If it affects people, then it has ethical and moral dimensions. Nothing has more dramatic moral implications than immigration policy. It greatly affects people living in our midst, people whom we serve. So it is not just a political issue, or civic issue. It’s very much who we are. Go back to Jesus."
So, is it "very much who we are" to save babies from abortionists? Nope -- not judging by the Cardinal's following remarks. This is not anything new; but once again it is evident that saving BABIES is just NOT on the Cardinal's radar screen, even though he once was the U.S. Bishops' national pro-life chairman. If baby-saving was on his heart, he would mention it right away in his list of priorities.
"...we as bishops have had opportunities to have a public voice and role, but have been very hesitant, and just kind of sat out a number of these things. I’m thinking of local things -- for example, police abuse and overreactions...The gap, the chasm, between the wealthy and the middle class … the fact there’s almost no middle class left. The minimum wage, affordable housing, we just kind of sat it out, because we were afraid to appear above the sandbags. We were hiding...[We have] To venture forth and say [that the sexual abuse crisis] is not the only thing affecting the life of the church. We have a mission, and we have to follow it without hesitation. I’m hopeful this will free us up to be church again in the community."
Sorry, Your Eminence, but as long as you essentially ignore the ongoing, no-end-in-sight, WORST crime and injustice in the USA, the SLAYINGS of 4,000 INFANTS every day, anything else you substitute is going to FAIL to help you "be church again."