Catholic Bishops: America Should Thank Immigrants

Newsmax, December 12, 2011

The United States’ 33 Hispanic Roman Catholic Bishops released Monday a strongly worded letter suggesting illegal immigrants deserve thanks from Americans and calling for “denunciation of the forces which oppress them.”

The bishops have come out in support of comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants before–as they did again Monday–but the letter uses stronger language and goes further in offering support to undocumented immigrants.

The letter, written to illegal immigrants, was released by San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, the highest ranking Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.

“In imitation of Jesus and the great prophets, we ought to denounce the forces which oppress them,” the bishops said of illegal immigrants. ” . . . Let us pray and struggle to make it possible for these brothers and sisters of ours to have the same opportunities from which we have benefited .”

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The letter is being released on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico and the Continental Americas. On Dec. 12 many immigrants to the United States from Latin America, who are overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, return to churches to reconnect with their heritage.

Garcia-Siller and Gomez, the only Latino archbishops in the U.S. church, are natives of Mexico and U.S. citizens.

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But groups that fight illegal immigration said the bishops are placing the interests of their U.S. parishioners second.

“The reason that we have immigration laws is because they are there to protect the interests of the American people,” said Ira Mehlman, communications director of the group Federation for American Immigration Reform.

“What the bishops are saying, essentially, is that other people are going to have to sacrifice their jobs, their children’s educational opportunities . . . because the Catholic Church is placing the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of those who are legitimately here in the United States.”

“The Catholic Church has seen immigration as a recruiting tool,” Mehlman said. “That is not a legitimate interest of American immigration policy.”

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  • Eurobeing

    Big government, big churches and big business are all on the sides of these people. The traditional white American be damned. This is the only thing that will bring the needed force necessary to stop these entities.

    It’s plain as day. Listen to Newt, listen to Lindsey Jeffrey Imelt just sent a bunch of jobs to China today. These people are the enemies of the middle class.

  • Alwyn

    Oh, right. Thanks, illegals, for crashing wages in formerly high wage jobs like construction and meat cutting. Thanks to you, we can all be low-paid serfs.

    The old left understood that if you don’t limit the supply of labor, you don’t have any leverage in negotiating pay. Now the so-called left has abandoned economics for identity politics, and collaborates with corporations in the race to the bottom. This isn’t any sort of left I recognize.

    Add this to the long list of reasons I stopped attending church. I’m not giving them my hard earned money so they can race-replace us while shoring up their dwindling membership numbers. I just pray at home.

  • Anonymous

    As a protestant, I have always had an open-minded approach to the Catholic Church. No more! It is a shame that the Catholic Church has much influence at all in the United States!

  • Question Diversity

    The United States’ 33 Hispanic Roman Catholic Bishops released Monday a strongly worded letter suggesting illegal immigrants deserve thanks from Americans and calling for “denunciation of the forces which oppress them.”

    What oppression? Which forces? You mean the Federal government, which doesn’t deport much of anybody anymore? Big business, which wants as many cheap labor Hispanics in country as possible to lower the wage scale?

    Tell me, Bishops. Who or what is oppressing them?

  • Anonymous

    About 5 years ago I saw a blurb on FOXNews that explained something I always wondered about: Why the Catholic church never followed through with threats to excommunicate (and rarely even cut off from communion), pro-abortion Catholic politicians (usually Dems).

    The Catholic church’s ranks were decimated from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s because of the (primarily homosexual) pedophile scandals. They had to close churches and sell property because their financial losses were so great.

    So, in a Faustian bargain with the devil, the Catholic church promised not to take a hard stand against pro-abort Catholic politicians if they would allow illegals from Latin America (virtually all Catholics) to invade our country and take our jobs.

    Why? Because: (1)(a) the illegals here would fill up the pews and schools emptied by Americans of all colors, and (b) donate to the Catholic churches in the US.

    Plus, (2) the illegals would send money back home (a) propping up failed Catholic nations, and (b) some of it would end up being donated to Latin American Catholic churches.

    Bottom line: the Catholic church “sold out” anti abortion politics for money. Talk about “blood money”….

  • david

    as an American catholic i’ve been furious for years over the church’s hypocritical stance on illegal immigration; i used to think it was just naiive and dumb, but its really elitist and self serving

  • Anonymous

    The fact that the Catholic Church has any influece in the U.S.A. is another example of a poor and misguided immigration policy.

  • Jeddermann.

    “What oppression? Which forces?”

    This was my exact instantaneous reaction as well! The only oppression I understand to be so is the half dozen to dozen American citizens killed by illegals each and every day in this country perhaps for decades. Or perhaps the so called bishops are speaking about the illegal gangbanging fools that terrorize entire communities? Catholic is supposed to mean UNIVERSAL! NOT to these bishops does it mean that.

  • Dario

    This isn’t the Holy Catholic Church. The Church was killed off in the 1960s during Vatican II.

  • Anonymous

    I just finished writing a scathing letter to Bishop Gracia-Siller, the ringleader of this infamous group of 33. As a white Catholic I am sick and tired of the Church’s shananigans, everything from homosexuality, child abuse, corrupt social practices of charities, illegal aliens to undermining the dominant culture and supporting abortion and communism. Yes all that and more are the result of the most liberal and social conscience group of fakirs. I reminded him that it is from us that they need the money to pay for their court judgements that have bankrupted even the richest of dioceses after all the abuse of young children. I am so angry now that I almost can’t write. I just don’t know how I kept my letter to the Bishop so civil, well maybe it wasn’t, well here it is for you to decide:

    Bishop Garcia-Siller:

    I write to you as a concerned Catholic. As I finished reading the pastoral letter of Dec. 12, 2011 I was reminded of all the effort my family and many Catholic families put forth to attend to the Cuban immigrants of the early 1960s. These were people who fled their nation of Cuba for the freedom of America and as a response to an official invitation from America to come here.

    Now we are brought to the reality of today and this so-called pastoral letter. Said in plain language, you and the other Bishops have betrayed this country, one that has welcomed immigrants as per our laws. It apparently is not enough for you and your confused association of bishops that this country has been overly generous, generous to a point of overburdening its citizens. In the wake of your call to break our laws and corrupt our society, you make yourself feel good about your generosity with other people’s property. You have no sympathy or understanding of the horrors visited upon the citizens of this country in terms of crime, destruction of social and health care services, and the blatant disregard for our laws leading to hundreds of billions of dollars squandered on illegal aliens.

    In your attempt to make the cause of illegal aliens and specifically, Hispanic illegals, you play to race. And worse yet, you attempt to draw a parallel between our Lord and illegals. That my dear Bishop is shameful. The disgust that I feel for people that refuse to respect our laws, speak our language and grab welfare with both hands is not only building within this country but within the Catholic community. There are many of us who do not need any more prodding by the likes of you to understand that it is a planned disrespect for our laws, our traditions and our religion. You ask for more and more donations to run your own “show” and at the same time we, the Catholic laity, are stuck with the bills for dalliances with children and the resultant bankruptcy of entire dioceses. The answer to you Bishop is that you need to look within your own heart to find what is your true motivation for this letter. And if you are honest, perhaps you can ask for forgiveness, both in an apology to this country’s citizens and to God.

    Yours in Christ,

    Signed

  • Periapsis

    One very strong reason why I never was, and never will be a Roman Catholic. I would soonber be a member of the Russian or Ukrainian Orthodox church, because for one they did not welcome Muslims or other aliens to dispossess my ancestors. White Americans should consider joining these faiths or the ones that broke away from the Catholic Church, which was and is all about empire and bringing more into the fold, without regard for where they came from of the fact the people who are alien to each other will start killing each other over land, resources or worse.

  • Anonymous

    I often think of how much better off all concerned systems and individuals, including the honesty of religious institutions here in the U.S. if religious organizations were NOT tax exempt. As it is, religious organizations are a hangout for graft artists, perverts, and others who either are working actively against the West, (Islam), or who use their funds to travel in the third world with purpose of creating asylum status for hordes of non-whites based on the idea that they will be money contributing members of their churches. Lots of Protestant outfits are doing this and have been for a long time. The blame doesn’t go to the Catholics alone.

    Imagine what we could do for ourselves if all that money was diverted to helping white Americans get better educations and services.

  • fred

    No, America shouldn’t “thank” immigrants. Immigrants should thank America. But they won’t. Because most of them are loyal to other countries. What we should do is drop kick their butts from whence they came.

  • Jim

    Catholics, msulims, how much of a difference is there?

  • stonelifter

    Catholic churches were shutting down in my AO and then came the mexican invasion. Now they are opening churches. The signage for the new churches are in spanish, and a young White couple I know was driven from their catholic church for all the normal reasons when mexicans move in. It’s been obvious for years the catholic church is using mexicans to stay in business,

  • Fender

    Why is it that Catholic countries on both hemispheres depend on stipends from the Protestants in the north to be halfway stable,notwithstanding the large amount of natural resources and tourist money they have? That still doesn’t stop them from migrating north to take our jobs.

    Also did anyone notice last war(WWII) Protestants defended Catholics from extinction? All the Catholic contries fell to Hitler within weeks.

    I am an Atheist but I have to ask, Where would the Catholics be without the lily white Protestants in the north to defend and empoly them.

  • Anonymous

    The Catholic Church is making two greet errors. One is immigration. The immigrants will never even approach the level of financial contributions to the Church that hard working White Americans have. Before Vatican II the Church was rolling is dough.

    The second is feminization. Feminist have taken a toll on the Church. We have women everywhere and girl altar boys to boot. Men are personae non gratae.

  • David Ashton

    I was drawn to Catholicism as a youth in the 1950s as it seemed to offer a rational case for Christianity along with a refutation of Calvinist/Lutheran “Bible Only” assumptions. Its beautiful litugy was an non-essential bonus. My intellectual heroes were all patriots and anti-communists – Fr Cyril Martindale, Fr Hilarin Felder, G K Chesterton, Sir Arnold Lunn, the Australian Fr Leslie Rumble, etc. I can remember Catholic missionaries being expelled with terrible injuries from Red China – who knows or cares today?

    After Vatican 2’s changes I gradually lost any conviction that this could be the True Church, and my last Mass attendance was at the crowded Tridentine Celebration that Cardinal Heenan accorded the indomitable Cardinal Mindszenty.

    The days of Pat Buchanan’s “Spencer Tracy”-style tough RC Americanism have sadly passed in favour of blatant “political correctness” and “gay” pederasty, though on scriptural evidence God Himself must be “racist” and “sexist”. Nothing in the NT justifies 21st century illegal mass-immigration, whether of nominal Catholics or of Muslims, Hindus, etc. I leave it open whether “Satan” has been at work in the “last days”, as I am no longer a believing Christian (though also not actively opposed wherever the faith exerts a residual moral force).

    The failure of Christian officialdom to defend itself in the West, and instead to fill emptying pews with Africans and Latin Americans, recalls Ayn Rand’s observation: “There is tragedy in the spectacle.”

  • Jack in Chicago

    Very sad to read this. But it is reality year 2011 that the top of the US Catholic church has gone over to the enemy side, the anti White side. In the 1950s the US Catholic church was overwhelmingly White, patriotic, Conservative, anti Communist. The same could have been said about the Democrat party in the South. All that is changed now.

    Whites in America have to get over the terrible habit of holding on to loyalties to institutions that have changed for the worse. Another area where we will see the same problems is the US military – where Whites (particularly in the South) hold strong loyalty to the military and support all neo Conservative US foreign wars. The military and US law enforcement will increasingly be used to persecute White Americans who try to separate from this beast call the United States.

  • faithful catholic

    I will always be a catholic because of the Holy Mass and because of all of the great saints who were catholics,e.g. augustine, thomas aquinas, and others. I will not leave the Mass and the sacraments because of these misguided bishops.

  • Great White Observer

    I used to think that when it came to abortion or gay marriage the Catholic Church was staunchly conservative,no more. Just look at what happened in New York this year, Gay Marriage was signed into law with barely a peep form the Catholic Bishops of New York, what a disgrace. Just last week the Vatican came out against Capital Punishment, another disgrace. Does anybody really believe that if all these illegal’s were coming from the Far East the Church would be so pro immigrant? The great majority of US Catholics and support for the Church still comes from so called White Ethnics, until the Church changes its ways these people should do a Checkbook Boycott of the Church, that would get their attention, let their new members support the Church.

  • Daniel

    Some Americans do thank illegal immigrants. I know of an apartment owner that is very thankfull to illegal immigrants because those are the people living in his apartments and they make a living for him.

    Many Americans manage to make money from illegal immigration just as many Americans make money from illegal Drug traffic.

    The real question is if illegal immigration helps or hurts the largest number of people.

    I think the average American is hurt by illegal immigration.

    I wonder how those Catholic Bishops are going to feel about it when about half a billion Chinese show up that are not Catholic.

  • Allan

    “Let everyone obey the authorities that are over him, for there is no authority except from God, and all authority that exists is established by God.”–Romans 13:1, New American Bible for Catholics.

    I take it that these alledged bishops never got this far in their Bible-reading.

  • Nick

    Please go easy on the Catholic Church on this one.

    What are they suppose to say? Lock up illegal immigrants? They are practically forced into this position.

    And don’t tell me the Catholic Church has a lot of influence. They are one of the safest targets for the P.C. crowd to attack.

  • GW

    The *politics* of the Catholic church (and other churches nationwide) predictably mirrors that of an ever-diverse America. However, I wish to guard against those who would discount the spiritual truths of Christianity due to some boneheaded priest.

    The issue isn’t with the fundamental truths of scripture, but with a society whose pastorage would so quickly abuse and amend the scripture to support the liberal, egalitarian, 21st century causes of multiculturism and multiethnicism.

    I’d furthermore take the suggestion from the bishop more kindly if he would call on the illegal to obey the laws, as commanded by God. Interestingly, he leaves that moral duty out of his letter and solely focuses on supposed racsim and supposed discrimination by a people that have been more than accomodating over the past decades.

  • norm

    While living in California I knew of nuns who smuggled immigrants in from Baja California. As Anglo Catholics decline in church-going bishops are looking for Hispanics and Filipinos to make up the deficit. They will be sorry. Hispanics and Filipinos do not believe in giving the church money; they want money from the church.

  • Anonymous

    18 — David Ashton wrote at 9:21 AM on December 14:

    ….” though on scriptural evidence God Himself must be “racist” and “sexist”.”

    > No, it merely proves that those who wrote the Bible were.

    “Nothing in the NT justifies 21st century illegal mass-immigration,”…

    That’s right, and nothing in the NT justifies world exploration, technical advances, space travel, pharmaceuticals, dogs that can play the piano, or any endless omission from the compass of the scriptures in the OT OR NT. There’s no mention of the issue of whether it is legal or not to migrate, except I recall Joseph and Mary went to Egypt for a while to miss out of Herod’s purge of first born sons.

    Face it, the concepts of things like the legality of mass immigration were beyond the pale of human comprehension at the time.

    But what the NT does support is the world wide conversion of all peoples, regardless of color or existing creed. That means that Christianity is not and never was intended to be an exclusive religion or one that favored whites or any other group.

    My theory is that many of us of Northern European extract still retain an undercurrent of our older religious and larger spiritual and ethnic identification for which Christianity is only a veneer. When race realists begin to come to grip with that, they could more truly be said to be realists, because you can’t be a realist and an apologist at the same time.

  • Bardon

    This is like women- can’t live with them nor without them. Perhaps the best short-term policy would be to dump Christianity (and Catholicism is the high culture Christianity par excellence) altogether. But, what then ? For better or worse, Christianity is the West’s spiritual & moral core. No way back to Zeus or Odin. As I’m informed, it’s not Catholicism that is a major non-White force: Protestant evangelical missionaries are much more active & successful in Africa, East Asia, among Muslims and Blacks in, say, Brazil. Also, liberal Protestantism is all about gays, diversity, female clergy, whatnot …

    Also, things are different in the US and in Europe. Here in Europe, despite all shortcomings, Church tries, very hard, to stress & establish European Christian- read White- identity. To no avail, against the propaganda barrage of secularists & atheists who are, by and large, leftists.

  • WR the elder

    To the 15 – 20 million illegal aliens in this country:

    Thank you putting millions of American citizens out of work.

    Thank you for making it possible for our corporate masters to keep wages low. You are one of the main reasons working class Americans haven’t seen a real raise in 30 years.

    Thank you for ruining those school districts that weren’t already ruined by ghetto blacks.

    Thank you for balkanizing our country by insisting that we learn your language instead of you learning the language of the country where you’re living.

    Thank you for the Latin Kings, MS-13, and the Mexican Mafia.

    Thank you for overpopulating my country with one of the highest birthrates of any group in America.

    Thank you for bankrupting hospitals in border states when you come for your “free” health care.

    I am an agnostic. Were I to become a Christian, I think I’d go with Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the last part of the Christian world that hasn’t become infected by the fatal disease of political correctness.

  • David Ashton

    Re 27. I contend that documentary collection called The Bible cannot be used as MORAL guidance to justify modern multi-ethnic mass-immigration; my critic makes almost the same point – in reverse. While I no longer accept as historical fact the Holy Family’s escape to adjacent, congenial territory to avoid child murder, that story was about temporary refuge by one builder who returned home, when danger passed, to restart his own business in his own homeland. Hardly comparable to the Mexican invasion.

    After initial uncertainty over Israel, vis-a-vis even Samaritans next door, the “men who wrote the NT” eventually presented Christianity as a faith for all NATIONS and tongues; I shall not take up space with detailed exegesis. But the one-worlders want a single nation-less global mixed “race”, at first with many “equal” faiths and eventually none at all; the start of their experiment can be illustrated in British cities today during the forthcoming “Winterval” (formerly known as Christ-mas).

    Whether or not the Universe and/or the Bible were created by a Supreme Being, there are clearly two genders for human reproduction and at least five human subspecies; the natural basis of so-called “sexism” and “racism”.

  • white is right, black is whack

    The Catholic Church has never been viewed as pro American. They felt their allegiance was to the pope in Rome and not to the US, be it Irish Catholics or Italian Catholics. They want more Hispanics to sit in their pews and pay them dues. (I think I just made a rhyme)

  • Bardon

    # 31, # 29

    Perhaps there is a truth in statement that RCC has never been “pro-American”- at least exclusively. Understandably so, since it is *the* universal church, not some provincial denomination. American (US) Catholics make only about 6% of world’s Catholics. “Pro-American” are Mormons, Christian Science, Jehovah Witnesses and, to a lesser degree, Baptists. But- these denominations are “folksy” religions, something “local”, despite efforts to achieve universality.

    As for Russian (or other Eastern Orthodox) Church, this is virtually an ethnic religion, not unlike Judaism or Sikhism.

  • Question Diversity

    32 Bardon:

    Mormons are “Pro-American?” The existing Mormon leadership is open borders all the way (probably in great contrast with the lay Mormon). Remember, the LDS stabbed Russell Pearce (Mormon himself) in the back.

  • David Ashton

    You have to go back in time to see the American patriotism of Catholics, from Joe McCarthy to Phyllis Schafly. But it was there. Religious allegiance to the Pope was not unpatriotic and patriotism was considered a civic virtue, compatible with the US Constitution.

    The Mormons were “American” and have a good civic record, because of the peculiar American basis of the Book of Mormon, but their membership has lost its original discrimination against blacks and it is spreading internationally.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses may be predominantly white in the USA (I don’t know the current statistics) but they do not participate in political activities on principle. Their membership is multiracial.

    Some “baptists” are Identity Cultists and to that extent pro-American but – don’t go there.

  • Cyrus

    Just for the record:

    (1) EUROPE. The (outgoing) Chief Rabbi of Britain Lord Sachs has told Pope Benedict XVI: “If Europe loses the Judeo-Christian heritage that gave it its historic identity and its greatest achievements in literature, art, music, education, politics and economics, it will lose its identity and its greatness…. We must help Europe recover its soul.” “But first it must remember: humanity was not created to serve markets. Markets were created to serve mankind.” (The Jewish Chronicle (London) December 16, 2011. [Is there not an unspoken demographic subtext about Muslim mass-immigration, &c.?]

    (2)AMERICA. Questioned as to whether Catholics should ever obey the Pope to be disloyal to their country, Cardinal Gibbons replied that in that case the Pope would be offending against God and violating an authority as truly from God as his own: “Any Catholic who clearly recognized this would be bound not to obey the Pope; or rather his conscience would bind him absolutely to disobey…” (Rev. Bertrand L. Conway, “The Question Box” (NY 1929).

    (3)JEWRY. If one book among hundreds worth is putting at the top of the reading list, it must be “Capitalism and the Jews” by Jerry Z. Muller, Professor of History at the Catholic University of America (Princeton, 2010). It is a brief but unusually balanced account, extensively documented.

  • Anonymous

    11 — Periapsis at 9:52 PM on December 13:

    I agree. That also goes for the mainstream “Christian” churches of today. I do not go to or belong to any of these churches, as they left me a long time ago with their misinterpretations, multiracial agendas, and their obvious anti-White messages.

    I found my “internet” church that I tithe to and which isn’t afraid to tell the truths of the Bible.

  • Bullfighter

    As a 57 year old Catholic who lives in a town that has been overrun with Mexicans and has seen the Catholic school he and thousands of other Catholic children attended closed because the Latinos here want everything to be handed to them without charge and without any effort on their part.

    The Archdiocese of Chicago has been taken over by Latinos who funnel the collections meant to feed the world into “Latino Only” organizations that feed the illegal.

    Poor American Catholics that have always contributed to the Church are being turned away from access to funding because of the huge demands these foreign invaders place on Catholic Charities and the American economy.