Praying and fasting in solidarity
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.