Next month when Catholics go to Mass they may be surprised to hear their priests pushing for immigration reform during the homily. According to the New York Times, not all Catholic priests will include the push in their homilies, but many will be writing to members of Congress demanding support for President Obama’s amnesty plan.
The decision to embrace political action from the pulpit is part of a broader effort by the Roman Catholic Church and other faith groups that support President Obama’s call for new immigration laws. It includes advertising and phone calls directed at 60 Catholic Republican lawmakers and “prayerful marches” in Congressional districts where the issue has become a divisive topic.
“We want to try to pull out all the stops,” said Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who said the immigration issue was at a now-or-never moment. “They have to hear the message that we want this done, and if you’re not successful during the summer, you’re not going to win by the end of the year.”
Catholic leaders, who have tried regularly to wield their clout against Mr. Obama on issues like abortion, birth control and same-sex marriage, are betting that their congregations will be able to exert pressure on reluctant Republicans and wavering Democrats to support the president on immigration. They say they are motivated by the Bible’s teachings and by the reality that many Latino immigrants are Catholics and represent a critical demographic for the church. (Read More)
Well, let’s just hope that they’re as successful in this endeavor as they have been at putting an end to abortion or stopping gay marriage. If not, the party of abortion and gay marriage will have a solid majority for decades to come. Is that what they want?
I’m all for giving a hand up to those in need, but I hope I’ll be forgiven for believing that rewarding lawlessness isn’t the best way to go about it. Not to mention the millions of low skilled Americans who can’t find work in this economy. Do the Bishops think that adding even more unskilled workers to the work force is going to help matters?