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September 20, 2008

Bishops and immigration

As a Catholic, I found it disturbing to read “Catholic bishops’ group seeks end to raids” (9/14, A-15).

It is unbelievable to me that the Catholic bishops would encourage immigration agents to sidestep their duties to enforce our laws. What other laws do our Catholic Bishops want us to sidestep?

Anne M. Cox
Overland Park



Membership. That's the Bishop's only concern.

Catholics are watching their American membership shrink and peasants from south of the border are malleable, fresh blood to fill the pews and collection plates again.

Follow the money, as in most things these days.


I, too, am absolutely appalled at the Bishop's stand - almost as if they support breaking the law - guess they get to choose which laws people get to break that they will support?

I fully agree that everyone needs to be treated with a certain level of dignity. Beyond that, if anyone is breaking the law, they know there are consequences.

What about the children of those adults who are arrested during a drug raid? Are they going to help those arrested get back to their children and that we should stop drug raids? Aren't those children and the family just as important as the children and family of those who are here illegally?

I could go on and on with many similar examples. Bottomline. If you break the law and are caught, your children and family will suffer - PERIOD. Apparently, the Catholic bishops aren't fully aware of the predicament of children and having parents breaking the law - just those who are here illegally.


"Christianity today is far more involved with political power grabs and moral bullying than the true Christ-like actions of the clergy mentioned above."

While I agree that some Christians put too much weight on the outcome of elections and not enough on reaching out to their fellow man, I don't know to what power grabs or bullying you refer.


It's not often that I agree with official representatives of organized religion, but I certainly have the utmost respect for those who are willing to stand up for the compassionate elements of their religion in the face of national opposition. Reminds me of the brave clergy who stood up for Jews and other minorities under the Nazis, for blacks in America in the pre-Civil Rights Era, or for the untouchables in India. It's clear why Jesus told his followers not to trouble themselves with the affairs of Caesar (i.e. the government). Christianity today is far more involved with political power grabs and moral bullying than the true Christ-like actions of the clergy mentioned above.

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