By DEXTER DUGGAN
PHOENIX — Trust is one of most necessary qualities in relationships. Without honest language, there’s no basis for reliable understanding.
If a penitent tells a priest he’s a financial customer when he means a bank robber, or a disciplinarian when he means child beater, or a window evaluator when he means Peeping Tom, the priest has been misled.
If the very words upon which a debate occurs are intentionally misleading or deceptive, trust is broken and the exchange of thought impaired. That’s an important reason that so many Catholics feel alienated from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over an issue it champions.
“Illegal immigration” and “illegal aliens” are simple, factual words to describe a certain reality. Border crossers intending to stay awhile arrive without authorization or permission to enter.
Aware that using the simply descriptive words would undermine its case from the start, the USCCB prefers imprecise terms like “migrants” or “undocumented” — people who might not be unauthorized at all. Just misplaced their documents.
Bishops who consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ for the people of the Church do not speak plainly to their own flocks. This lack of lucidity isn’t the trait of good shepherds. … Continue Reading