Sunday 5th July 2015

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

With More Threats Afoot . . . Compassion Gets Confused With Pushing Border Politics

December 12, 2013 Frontpage No Comments

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Jesus Himself was a refugee, Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted told a news conference here as some Arizona religious officials continued to push for quick congressional approval of “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Olmsted linked this push with Christian duties of basic charity in the Bible, according to an article posted November 26 at the Phoenix diocesan web site, “Arizona bishops lend voices to call for immigration reform.”
Phoenix’s auxiliary bishop, Eduardo Nevares, was quoted in support of the “reform,” which includes a “path to citizenship”: “We have to keep fanning the flame to keep the interest alive.”
With Christmas around the corner, a person might recall the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt to escape persecution.
However, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph never received Egyptian citizenship. Indeed, to have insisted on remaining in that foreign land would have defeated His mission. They returned to their homeland when Herod’s threat had passed.
Once again U.S. religious officials are confusing the undoubted biblical duties of mercy and compassion with their badly flawed political program of “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Even Arizona’s famously open-borders senator, Republican John McCain, showed more concern over the importance of border security than these religious figures did in November.
Although McCain promotes “immigration reform” whenever possible, the heat from his constituents apparently was becoming too much to bear once more.
The Washington Examiner posted on November 29 that McCain complained because he couldn’t get important information for his southern Arizona constituents who have drug traffickers crossing through their property at night.
This drug invasion is nothing new and is only one aspect of the lawlessness and chaos that Arizonans are expected to tolerate.
McCain complained that Jeh Johnson, Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security, was being just as evasive as Napolitano had been about providing key border-security information.
The Examiner quoted McCain: “How could I go back home and tell the people of southern Arizona, ‘Oh, by the way, [Johnson] wouldn’t tell me what it takes to secure your lives,’ because right now at night they have people going across their property who are trafficking drugs.”
Politico.com posted on November 20 that McCain wrote Johnson to say he “was ‘frustrated’ by Napolitano’s ‘obdurate refusal to provide important, relevant information’.”
McCain’s own web site showed his correspondence telling Johnson that “one of the most difficult challenges confronting the Department of Homeland Security…is securing our borders and preventing illegal entry.”
The powder-keg potential of the U.S.-Mexican border was emphasized again on November 24, when a crowd of perhaps 150 Latinos tried to march from Mexico into San Diego in broad daylight, throwing rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents.
However, they were turned back into Mexico when more U.S. agents congregated to assist the first officer whom the Latinos attacked.
The Latinos cried out “Viva Villa,” honoring Pancho Villa, the Mexican bandit of a century ago who killed Americans and violated the U.S. border.
On November 25, San Diego’s main daily news platform, U-T San Diego, quoted a foe of illegal immigration, Jeff Schwilk, of the San Diegans for Secure Borders Coalition:
“Obviously, these attempted mass crossings and attacks on our border agents show that our border is not secure. All the talk in Washington this year of another amnesty for 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants is just encouraging more desperate foreigners to enter our country illegally.”
A follow-up U-T San Diego story posted November 26 said: “A copy of a leaflet calling for the march said it was organized ‘with the intention of crossing to the United States, to reunite with our children, families.’ The Spanish-language text spoke of problems in Mexico, ‘and for that reason, we must unite and go to the United States.’ It concluded by calling for discretion.”
U-T San Diego said a Border Patrol spokeswoman said that “[a]s the crowd kept advancing and throwing rocks and bottles . . . more agents came to the scene and used . . . ‘intermediate use-of-force devices’ to push back the group.”
San Diego’s NBC television affiliate, Channel 7, interviewed a union spokesman for the U.S. border agents, Gabriel Pacheco, who said the border violators “had their phones out, so this group was out to spark an incident. That’s what they wanted to do.”
If the U.S. elite and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops would stop insisting that only “comprehensive immigration reform” is acceptable, they and other Americans could turn their attention to more modest measures of compassion instead of trying to legitimize a mass invasion.
In a December 1 interview, Rey Torres, the president of the conservative Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA), told The Wanderer that “this battle cry” of “Viva Villa” used by the protesters trying to enter San Diego “doesn’t warm our hearts.”
Torres said his own family members in Mexico had suffered at the hands of Villa’s forces a century ago, including his paternal great-uncle being killed.
“My entire paternal side left Mexico” because of Villa, Torres said. “By 1919, everybody had already left the country.”
Asked if his family entered the U.S. legally, he replied, “Of course they did. . . . They did everything correctly” when coming here. “There was no border-jumping as far as our family was concerned.”
Referring to the potentially deadly objects that the protesters hurled at the Border Patrol on November 24, Torres said that “what’s gonna be worse” is when they start using bottle rockets and Molotov cocktails against the agents, such as he saw anarchists using in Mexico City in September when he was on a trade visit there with Arizona legislators and businessmen.
The anarchists used these weapons against fellow Mexicans, Mexico City police, and Federales, Torres said.
Asked by The Wanderer about Catholic bishops promoting illegal immigration, including the December 2011 letter specifically issued by U.S. Latino bishops to illegal immigrants, Torres said, “The language that comes from these bishops . . . is going to do nothing but fan those flames.”
In the Phoenix Diocese, Torres asserted, Auxiliary Bishop Nevares acts as if his role is to minister to the illegal immigrant population, although he should focus on integrating Latinos into the wider community.
“I’ve seen it happen” that “two distinct communities” in Phoenix-area parishes are “pitted against each other,” creating an atmosphere “of animosity, not of unity,” Torres said.
He said the result is “subversive of what makes this country desirous for so many people to come to.”
The Wanderer asked a spokesman for the Phoenix Diocese to comment about any possible concerns that bishops’ open-borders statements contribute to events like the recent attempted San Diego invasion, as well as Torres’ remarks about Nevares. The diocese didn’t respond.
Although most Americans oppose “comprehensive immigration reform,” U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, has been under tremendous pressure from the arrogant national elite, including many big-business Republicans, to shove amnesty through his chamber anyway.
Boehner, however, has said House Republicans will take a piecemeal approach rather than capitulate to the huge, dangerous amnesty bill passed last June by the Democrat-controlled Senate.
But Americans may have had fresh reason to worry when Boehner announced on December 3 that he has hired a longtime activist for open borders as his immigration adviser. The Washington Times reported that the woman, Rebecca Tallent, previously worked on immigration issues for both John McCain and former Arizona Cong. Jim Kolbe — an open-borders liberal Republican beloved of the state’s corrupt political establishment.
The Times quoted Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, as saying, “Tallent’s hiring suggests [Boehner] really does still want to push an amnesty through the House, which to me suggests that the immigration hawks still have their work cut out for them.”
It goes without saying that if Republicans help deliver the massive amnesty that lawbreaking Democrat Barack Obama has been pleading for, the GOP will have seriously fractured its ability to attract voters in 2014. Voters are fed up with both major parties conspiring to grind the public under their heels.
Not long before Tallent’s hiring was revealed, a southern Arizona resident told The Wanderer that longtime failure to secure the border as the first priority has led to continuing serious problems.
Wisconsin native Gary Meinert, who retired to southern Arizona planning to play golf, became an activist against illegal immigration when he learned of the pressing problems in his new state.
The problems occur on a number of fronts, from vicious, roaming gun-toting drug smugglers endangering Arizona residents to the innocuous-seeming efforts of people who leave jugs of water in the desert so illegal aliens don’t die of dehydration as they sneak into the U.S.
Aside from the health threat to a severely overheated alien gulping down a jug of water, and the perilous bacteria that can breed overnight in the jugs left in the blistering desert, Meinert said there’s another factor.
In an e-mail, Meinert told The Wanderer about one college student who left water jugs for aliens: “I asked her, if she came upon an illegal alien, whether she contacted the Border Patrol to report him (or them). She responded that she did not. I then asked her if she knew if the individual was a child molester or murderer. Her response was a simple, ‘We don’t judge them’.”
Meinert continued: “I responded, ‘Oh yes, you do! You judge them fit and safe to enter our towns and cities.’ Then I told her about a close friend whose granddaughter was raped and murdered by an illegal alien in northern Wisconsin. He was captured the next day and told the officials he had come through the desert south of Tucson and was picked up and aided by ‘nice people’.”

St. Joseph The Worker

Modern nations traditionally use their immigration policies to approve newcomers they judge would be an asset to their lands. Many Latinos obviously would qualify as upstanding individuals. However, there’s a brutality among lawbreakers that some people may have problems comprehending.
On November 26, the Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office said that an illegal alien in custody had killed another inmate as a way to avoid being deported back to Mexico. Pinal County is southeast of Phoenix’s Maricopa County.
In a statement, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said: “As an illegal, Roberto Fernandez originally committed a sex crime in the U.S. and was sent to prison. Now, as he is approaching his release from prison and would be deported back to Mexico, he brutally murdered a U.S. citizen to ensure that he’s not deported. This is a sick and heinous crime amid countless other crimes committed by criminal illegals.
“When does it become enough,” Babeu continued, “for Congress and President Obama to finally start enforcing our immigration laws and secure the border? When does it become enough for our own elected leaders to put American citizens and our rights and our own safety first, rather than putting all their efforts into pushing for green cards and amnesty for 11 to 20 million illegals?”
When The Wanderer asked prayerful Phoenix Catholic teacher Remi Ruiz about illegal immigration, he suggested putting the problem into the hands of St. Joseph the Worker for a just solution, based on being truthful and hard-working.
“There are some people who are lazy and don’t put their effort into working and spend much time becoming hot air,” Ruiz said. “And there are others who do work hard and apply themselves. They don’t wear a ‘V’ over their forehead for ‘Victim,’ but they will do what they can.
“There are those who steal other people’s jobs and don’t pay taxes according to what is right and just, to render to Caesar what belongs to him, and that creates great problems with health care and all sorts of other things,” Ruiz continued. “So my take is, go to St. Joseph the Worker, and if more people would imitate him, we would have far fewer problems and we wouldn’t need politicians to help us.”

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

Untitled 3

Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

Listen to the Pope, Iowa Catholic Leaders Tell GOP

Catholic leaders call on GOP hopefuls to heed pope’s teachings on climate, economics By THOMAS BEAUMONT and RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday…Continue Reading

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare subsidies nationwide, in the second major court victory for President Obama on his signature health care law. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that subsidies are valid even in states that did…Continue Reading

Synod on the Family’s working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- That the discussion at October’s Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report…Continue Reading

Abortion Drone Will Fly Dangerous Abortion Pills to Poland to Violate Its Pro-Life Laws

drone

The pro-abortion organization that formerly ran the abortion boat that distributed the dangerous abortion pill in international waters outside pro-life nations that protect unborn children has come up with a new marketing scheme to push abortion in pro-life nations: drones.…Continue Reading

St. Louis’ Catholic Archbishop Carlson discusses same-sex marriage, clergy sex abuse, racism, more

At their annual spring meeting held in St. Louis last week, U.S Catholic bishops discussed several issues currently facing the Catholic Church, including: the clergy sex abuse scandal, what the Church sees as challenges to marriage, and the pope’s upcoming…Continue Reading

Nienstedt resigns; New Jersey bishop named interim head of Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop John Nienstedt has resigned in the wake of criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for its “role in failing to protect children and contribution to the unspeakable harm” experienced by victims in priest sex-abuse cases. Nienstedt says…Continue Reading

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can’t keep up

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And…Continue Reading

Cardinal Kasper hints at new ‘Vatican II’ strategy to gain approval of Communion proposal

June 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – In the face of increasing opposition to his plan to approve giving Holy Communion to people who are in adulterous remarriages, Cardinal Walter Kasper is hinting at a new “Vatican II” strategy for accomplishing his…Continue Reading

No Law Can Be Based on Injustice

In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was designed by President Obama and Congressional leaders to expand access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage in the United States. After the law…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Divorced and remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on communion

Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli summarized the advice of…Continue Reading

Obama: Without Catholic Nun We Would Not Have Gotten Obamacare Done

(CNSNews.com) – While addressing the Catholic Health Association Conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday, President Barack Obama said that the Affordable Care Act—AKA Obamacare—would not have been enacted had it not been for Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic…Continue Reading

Cardinal Kasper Backpedals on Papal Endorsement of Controversial Proposal

Almost single-handedly one cleric has turned the Church’s teaching on Communion, marriage and divorce into an international debate. For decades, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has promoted a proposal to allow divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion after a period of…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 145 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorates

(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI received Doctorates honoris causa on Saturday from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music. The motivation for the honors issued by the University’s Academic Senate specifies five contributions Pope Benedict has made to knowledge and culture: his great respect for the musical tradition of the Church and remarkable sensitivity to the music of faith; the life-long and constant demonstration of a special concern for…Continue Reading

Univ. of San Francisco Celebrates SCOTUS Marriage Ruling, Despite Catholic Mission

usan

July 2, 2015, at 11:22 AM  |  By Justin Petrisek  | While the U.S. bishops responded to last week’s marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court by upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church, one Jesuit university chose to publicly celebrate the decision in direct conflict with its Catholic identity and mission. Over the weekend, the University of San Francisco (USF), a Jesuit Catholic university, used its Twitter and Facebook accounts to celebrate the San Francisco…Continue Reading

‘No Global’ author at Vatican event on climate and poverty reduction

(Vatican Radio) A Catholic climate scientist and a secular Jewish feminist formed an “unlikely alliance” in the Vatican press office on Wednesday to present a two day conference entitled ‘People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course’. The conference, which will take place at the Pontifical Augustinianum University in Rome, includes some 200 political, religious and civil society leaders from all continents who’ll be discussing Pope Francis’ new encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ in light of…Continue Reading

Cardinal Turkson on Laudato si’ and children

pope798

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on Tuesday addressed UNICEF House at the United Nations in New York. He spoke about the new Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato si’, and how it relates to children.   The full text of Cardinal Turkson’s remarks are blow   Remarks on Laudato si’ to Child-Focused Agencies UNICEF House, 30 June 2015 Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, President, Pontifical Council for…Continue Reading

The Popes, Marian Devotion, And The New Evangelization

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 3 This is the third article in a series which looks at Marian devotion, and the New Evangelization, in the light of the teaching of recent Popes. It is noteworthy, that even before St. John Paul II became Pope in 1978, he had adopted the Latin phrase “Totus Tuus” as…Continue Reading

Although Their Adversaries Seem Strong . . . Law-School Interns Are Reminded That Even Old USSR Collapsed

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Almost ready to start applying their new knowledge to battle moral challenges around the globe, law-school students at a dinner here were reminded that the Soviet Union once was regarded as an invincible adversary, but it finally collapsed in relatively short order. The Christian law students from 11 countries, interns…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The ‘Gay’ Case Against Abortion”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For electronic copies of previous articles on homosexual “marriage,” the special rights agenda, and the role of homosexuality in the Church crisis, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Feminists and political liberals have argued…Continue Reading

Protecting Hatred Preserves Freedom

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The tragedy of a mass murder in Charleston, S.C., obviously motivated by racial hatred, has raised anew the issue of the lawfulness of the state expressing an opinion by flying a Confederate flag at the statehouse, and the constitutionality of the use of the First Amendment to protect hate speech and…Continue Reading

NATO-Russia Collision Ahead?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia,” ran the headline in The New York Times. “In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and other heavy weapons for as many as…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Four Marks Of The Church — Holiness

By DON FIER Part 2 The second of four distinguishing marks or properties of the one true Church, as we saw last week, is that she is “unfailingly holy” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 823). Despite being composed of sinners, “the Church is holy because she was founded by Jesus Christ, who is all-holy, and because she teaches, according…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

  Editor’s Note: D.M. has e-mailed to us the following thoughtful comments: “In a recent reply regarding the bishops and our borders, you noted that our immigration system is ‘badly broken.’ To me that was a bit like hearing the proverbial fingernails on a blackboard. It seems to me that those who seek to dominate all of us use the refrain,…Continue Reading

Chosen By God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Amos 7:12-15 Eph. 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13 In the first reading, Amaziah, the priest of Bethel (the place of the original Temple of the Lord), chastises the Prophet Amos for preaching against the goings on in the House of God. The priest tells the prophet to go and make…Continue Reading

National Mass Recalls Anniversary of St. Columbanus… “Why Are You So Frightened, You Men Of Little Faith?”

ARMAGH, Northern Ireland (ZENIT) — A national Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 14th centenary of St. Columbanus was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh on Sunday, June 21. Opening remarks were given by Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, and the homily was given by Fr. Neil Collins. Following are the texts of both, provided by ZENIT News Agency.…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… Refuting Objections To The Spiritual Soul’s Existence

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 The reader will have noticed the progression of thinking in this new series of articles in The Wanderer: Instead of dealing with various topics rather randomly, the section consists of a series of articles in the format of lessons within a course. So, the first topic was the most basic one, that is,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Josemaria Escriva

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 2 With the outbreak of civil war in Spain and the attack on the Catholic Church, many priests and religious were martyred. The existing government changed the constitution to legalize persecution of the Church by closing Catholic schools, ceasing reparation payments, and suppressing religious discussion. Among other things, this helped lead to the secularization of society…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Josemaria Escriva

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 1 God, in His loving Providence and perfect timing, gives the Church holy men and women to guide the Mystical Body of Christ. During the chaos of the Protestant revolt, he provided St. Ignatius and St. Teresa of Avila. At the beginning of the 20th century, as the lay faithful were being called to participate in…Continue Reading