Apr 4, 2006

Praying and fasting in solidarity

The Cardinal, as you probably know, has asked his flock to pray and fast on Wednesday, April 5, for "just and humane immigration reform," for the legislators who are debating the issue, and "in solidarity with undocumented immigrants."

All right, then: I am not going to get into a debate here about what is the right policy. But if we are going to do what the Cardinal asks, he ought to ask us to expand our understanding of what it means to really and truly love and serve, and to pray and fast for, our newly arrived neighbors. For example, the Cardinal could give us the following suggestions and then lead us in them by example:

-- People newly arrived here are not going away anytime soon; and in any case, they need to keep the Faith and not leave the Church for the sects. So we need to do what the sects do -- personally befriend them and give them concrete help, show them the ropes of daily life here and above all take them to Mass.

-- People newly arrived here need to save their preborn babies from the many demonic abortion mills that prey on them; so we need to tell them about, and if necessary take them to, our pro-life pregnancy counseling centers and Catholic Charities.

-- People newly arrived here need to shun the materialistic, contraceptive values of the USA; so we need to urge them to continue to be generous in having children.

-- People newly arrived here need to stay away from the pro-abortion Latino politician phonies who masquerade as their friends; so we need to tell them the real political situation and get them voting pro-life.

-- People newly arrived here need to know that they are entering a pornocracy; so we need to warn them to keep themselves and their children uncontaminated by filth.

-- People newly arrived here need to know that the public schools will indoctrinate their children into secularism; so we need to warn them to teach their children that keeping the Faith is more important than anything else in life.

Again, I do not want to get into a debate about which policy is right. I am just urging the Cardinal to expand his understanding of how best we can love and serve the people he asks us to help.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Waisting away in Roger Mahonyville said...

Once again, Q, you have hit the nail on the head. But I don't think we can expect His Greatness to lead the way in example on any of those points. He is obviously in bed with the leftist politicos and we can only pray that his long reign will come to an end sooner rather than later.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Wasting away in Roger Mahonyville said...

Sorry, I misspelled my name.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi
a caller on Bill Bennett's radio show cited this from the catechism.
Note the obligations of the 'guests'

2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOSEPH D'HIPPOLITO ASKS...

When is Big Rog going to ask for a day of prayer and fasting in "solidarity" with those whose lives have been destroyed by the clerical sex-abuse crisis?

Methinks that Milton Bradley will return to the Dodgers before that happens.

Jesus had a phrase to describe Mahony and his "brother bishops," a brood of vipers.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Alice said...

Reality check.

By the proliferation of "botanias" selling their pagan herbs and their resident "curanderos," It seems to me that these immigrants are not Catholic but practise some type of witchcraft voodoo instead. But considering the penchant of Cardinal Mahoney for indian tribal dances/costumes in the cathedral, perhaps it is this quality that so attracts the cardinal to defend their mefiant ways.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 3:18 p.m.,

Thanks very much for supplying this blockbuster citation from the Catechism about immigration.

The radio show caller and you yourself are really on the ball.

2:32 PM  

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