In a radio interview taped today with me, Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, sharply criticized comments made by Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tuscon regarding canonical penalties for civil servants implementing present immigration policy.
“It’s scandalous for the bishop to say that! They did not write the law but are enforcing it….it’s absurd and it’s idiotic.”
In the early 1970s, Bishop Gracida was appointed Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Migration and Tourism with the responsibility for overseeing the work of the large Migration and Refugee Services Department of the N.C.C.B. During his spent 14 years in that position, he worked with both the United States and Mexican governments, and their border patrols, on immigration reform — “to relieve the suffering of people crossing the deserts led by ‘coyotes.'”
He knows what he is talking about.
Bishop Gracida went on to say that Catholics must recognize, first of all, that the “current administration is charged with enforcing laws passed by President Obama.” Neither the Trump Administration nor the GOP has passed any immigration laws, he added.
This above is only a portion of what Bishop Gracida had to say about the present controversy over immigration. The conversation naturally turned to the issue of abortion which he said had become “toxic” among his fellow bishops.
My interview with Bishop Gracida on ‘Church and Culture‘ will be broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network this Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 7 am.
Prepare for some straight talk!
“They did not write the law but are enforcing it” or “I was only following orders” ?
You’re implying the Border Control officers are equivalent to the SS. Seriously?
No, I’m saying that the argument that government employees are not morally responsible since they are simply carrying out the laws made by others, is exactly the argument that was rejected at Nuremberg.
The logic is similar.
Yes, the logic is similar, but the matters involved are not comparable.
Are you saying that it is humane, or even necessary, to remove children from their parents in these circumstances?
Human trafficking is a very serious crime and multi-billion dollar industry. Gullible Catholics are running flack that helps the Mexican government defraud the USA of billions, helps the drug cartels move drugs into the USA, and helps further fund gangs like MS-13. It also enriches Carlos Slim who owns the company that most Mexicans use to send money home.
I’m being generous by calling pro-illegal immigration Catholics “gullible.” At best they are useful idiots. In truth their willful ignorance puffs them up with the pride of being a social justice warrior and all the self-serving virtue signaling that entails.