Sunday 24th October 2021

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Border Bishop . . . Blasts Pro-Life Officials For Opposing Amnesty

August 12, 2017 Frontpage No Comments

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

On July 3, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, published a nationally distributed op-ed blasting nine state attorneys general and one governor for insisting that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions enforce U.S. immigration law.
The officials, led by Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, had addressed specifically DACA, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy announced by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012, which gave some 1.1 million “Dreamers” — aliens who entered the U.S. illegally when they were 16 or younger — the opportunity to avoid deportation under certain circumstances.
In their letter, the officials observed that “DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”
In other words, Obama could not persuade Congress to pass legislation authorizing his policy, so he instituted it by fiat.
In defense of DACA, Bishop Seitz was strident. “When I hear their [the letter’s signers’] legalistic insistence upon every letter of our broken immigration law being carried out to this cruel degree, I can hear Jesus’ indignant response: ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites’,” he wrote.
Bishop Seitz’s tirade was admittedly emotional. “When I read that he and the other attorneys general had come out with that statement, it really made me angry,” he later told USA Today.
In fact, it is not clear at all whether Bishop Seitz actually read the letter he criticized. He does not appear to notice that one signatory was not an attorney general, but a governor, Butch Otter of Idaho, who is a pro-life Catholic.
The bishop’s angry attack on Gov, Otter and his colleagues invites a relevant and significant question: If the bishop condemns elected officials who disagree with him on immigration, how does he treat officials who advocate abortion rights?
The Wanderer spoke with Cong. Beto O’Rourke, who represents Texas’16th Congressional District, which includes Bishop Seitz’s Diocese of El Paso. Mr. O’Rourke told us that he admires and strongly supports Bishop Seitz’s work on immigration. He also recalled that he had appeared with the bishop at a DACA rally in El Paso’s Plaza San Jacinto last January.
When asked whether Bishop Seitz had ever criticized him publicly for his position on abortion rights, Mr. O’Rourke confirmed that the bishop had not. (Cong. O’Rourke receives a 100 percent rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League, NARAL.)
On July 25, The Wanderer wrote Bishop Seitz, noting his attack on Gov. Otter and the attorneys general, and relating our conversation with Mr. O’Rourke. “Like Mr. O’Rourke,” I asked, “I can find no record of your ever criticizing your congressman publicly for his support of ‘abortion rights.’ Have you ever done so? If so, when? Where? What terms did you use to characterize him and/or his beliefs?”
On July 26, Nancy Ramos, Bishop Seitz’s communications director, responded:
“We are working diligently to locate documents to accompany Bishop’s response.” A day later, Ms. Ramos wrote that “Bishop Seitz statements on pro-life issues are plenty and Bishop has worked diligently to strengthen our pro-life ministry in the diocese. Bishop Seitz has participated in the annual March for Life in El Paso which is a well known and well attended event with a participation attendance of 4,000+. He also has attended and supported the 40 Days for Life event in El Paso.
“Bishop Seitz, an avid hiker in our Franklin Mountains, has also launched Hike for Life in El Paso, which raises funds for crisis pregnancy centers. His commitment to life is very well known in this region and he will continue to proactively support and grow support for this very cause.”
Ms. Ramos did not include any documents, but did provide this statement from Bishop Seitz:
“While Congressman O’Rourke values his Catholic upbringing he knows he is not presently in accord with a number of clear teachings of the Catholic Church. I have met with Congressman O’Rourke privately and expressed the Church’s position on abortion as well as the entire range of Catholic moral and social teachings. I intend to continue to work with him in matters of mutual agreement and to discuss with him those issues in which there is a divergence from Catholic teaching.”
So Bishop Seitz confirms Cong. O’Rourke’s statement: The bishop has never publicly criticized Mr. O’Rourke’s pro-abortion-“rights” record.
But the bishop did reach out “privately.” Did he ever privately reach out to Attorney General Paxton or his fellow signatories, including at least three Catholics?
Matt Welch, a spokesman for Attorney General Paxton, tells The Wanderer that “I am unaware of any attempt by Bishop Seitz to contact General Paxton, either before or after the bishop’s July 3 op-ed appeared, to discuss privately his concerns regarding DACA.”
In fact, Mr. Welch continues, “I am not aware of the Bishop ever reaching out to AG Ken Paxton on any matter (religious liberty, pro-life legislation, human-trafficking and anti-pedophilia task forces, etc.)”
Mr. Paxton is one of America’s most valiant defenders of the right to life, the integrity of the family, and many other positions which the Catholic Church teaches are not optional, but magisterial from the point of view of Church teaching. Yet Bishop Seitz has apparently never reached out to Mr. Paxton privately, or commended him publicly, for defending these firm (and Catholic) but decidedly unpopular principles.
The Wanderer also contacted the offices of Bishop Seitz’s state representative, Cesar Blanco, and state senator, José Rodriguez. Both are El Paso Catholics, and both are 100 percent pro-abortion-“rights.” Neither office had any knowledge or record of any public criticism by Bishop Seitz of the pro-abortion records of these officials.
The Wanderer reached out to Bishop Seitz with questions following up on his statement. In one of them, we asked:
“In a letter to the El Paso Times published on July 10, Mr. Richard Barraza, a practicing Catholic, responded to your op-ed of July 3. There Mr. Barraza writes that, while President Obama was a staunch supporter of abortion rights, in direct contradiction to one of the principal teachings of the church, ‘I never once heard or read Bishop Seitz criticize him.’
“Is Mr. Barraza correct? Please advise if you have any information to the contrary, especially regarding any public criticism specifically of President Obama you might have made regarding his support of abortion rights.
“Mr. Barraza also suggests that your ‘name-calling rhetoric’ is selective: ‘Bishop Seitz should exercise the same courtesy as he did under the previous administration, lest we be called hypocrites,’ he writes.
“Your Excellency, if you have not publicly criticized President Obama, Rep. O’Rourke, Sen. Rodriguez, or Rep. Blanco by name for their radical pro-abortion record with the same intensity with which you criticize Mr. Paxton and the other signatories of his DACA letter, are you not inviting the charge that you yourself are the hypocrite in this matter?”
On August 9, Bishop Seitz’s spokeswoman responded, “At this time he will not be answering any further questions from The Wanderer regarding this matter.”

Pursuing Answers

We respect Bishop Seitz’s decision to remain silent on the Catholic Catechism’s teaching regarding immigration (n. 2241), on the rights of the laity (Lumen Gentium, nn. 31-37), and the application of canon law in instances where public officials are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin” (n. 915).
In the American hierarchy, Bishop Seitz has many silent partners. However, The Wanderer considers these questions to be so important — and not only to Catholics — that we will continue to pursue the answers, both in El Paso and countless other dioceses in the United States.

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Pro-Life Group Calls for Removing Fauci After He's Caught Funding Aborted Baby Parts - https://t.co/kqxQXGgoG8

LifeNews.com - The Pro-Life News Source

.

LifeNews.com

Load More...

Federal judge rules in favor of Gov. DeSantis’ mask mandate ban

MIAMI (LifeSiteNews) – A federal judge this week handed Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis another legal victory on his mask mandate ban for schools. On Wednesday, Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District of Florida denied a petition from…Continue Reading

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin and to make confession easily available, a Nigerian cardinal said at the International Eucharistic Congress on Thursday. “It is still the doctrine…Continue Reading

Donald Trump takes a swipe at Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him

Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in 2020. The former president made the comments in a conference call featuring religious leaders. The move could be seen to shore up his religious conservative base…Continue Reading

Y Gov. Kathy Hochul Admits Andrew Cuomo Covered Up COVID Deaths, 12,000 More Died Than Reported

When it comes to protecting people from COVID, Andrew Cuomo is already the worst governor in America. New York has the second highest death rate per capita, in part because he signed an executive order putting COVID patients in nursing…Continue Reading

Prayers For Cardinal Burke . . . U.S. Cardinal Burke says he has tested positive for COVID-19

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said he has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. In an Aug. 10 tweet, he wrote: “Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently…Continue Reading

Democrats Block Amendment Banning Late-Term Abortions, Stopping Abortions Up to Birth

Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that would ban abortions on babies older than 20 weeks. During consideration of the multi-trillion spending package, pro-life Louisiana Senator John Kennedy filed an amendment to ban late-term abortions, but Democrats steadfastly support killing…Continue Reading

Transgender student wins as U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs bathroom appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a transgender former public high school student who waged a six-year legal battle against a Virginia county school board that had barred him from using the bathroom corresponding…Continue Reading

New York priest accused by security guard of assault confirms charges have now been dropped

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York priest has made his first public statement regarding the dismissal of charges against him.  Today Father George W. Rutler reached out to LifeSiteNews and other media today with the following…Continue Reading

21,000 sign petition protesting US Catholic bishops vote on Biden, abortion

More than 21,000 people have signed a letter calling for U.S. Catholic bishops to cancel a planned vote on whether President Biden should receive communion.  Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights and has long come under attack from some Catholics over that…Continue Reading

Bishop Gorman seeks candidates to fill two full time AP level teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year in the subject areas of Calculus/Statistics and Physics

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School is a college preparatory school located in Tyler, Texas. It is an educational ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler led by Bishop Joseph Strickland. The sixth through twelfth grade school provides a…Continue Reading

Vatican observes ‘Earth Hour’

On Saturday, along with the Vatican, symbolic monuments of cities all across the globe turn off their lights, to demonstrate the serious global climate crisis. By Vatican News staff writer Vatican City State took part in the traditional international initiative Earth…Continue Reading

House passes bill setting up path to citizenship for millions of Dreamers

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday passed an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  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 150 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

Catechism

Adopt A Center

Today . . .

Cdl. Müller: COVID-19 is ‘dangerous’ but ‘mortal sin is more dangerous’

In a yet unpublished manuscript given to LifeSite, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, insists that the Catholic Church not lose sight of her supernatural mission, pointing to the “uniqueness and salvific universality of Jesus and the Church.” He also discusses the coronavirus and its dangers, saying it is indeed “dangerous,” but that “mortal sin is much more dangerous.”

">Must See Video!

Cdl. Gregory ‘grateful’ for Pope’s support of Communion for pro-abortion politicians

Thu Sep 30, 2021 – 11:57 am EDT VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) – Washington’s Cardinal Wilton Gregory has once again supported giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, saying that bishops are “not there as police,” and praising the Pope’s recent restrictions on the Latin Mass. Gregory spoke to assembled members of the press on September 27, while in Rome to take possession of his titular church, Santa Maria Immacolata in Grottarossa.

Covid-19: decree on rules for entry into the Vatican published

A General Decree signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, lays down rules for entry into Vatican City State in times of pandemic. The document concerns external employees and guests.

Cardinal Burke . . . Letter to Those Who are Praying for Me

25 September 2021 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Thanking you once again, with all my heart, for your faithful and generous prayers for the recovery of my health, I write to update you on the progress of my rehabilitation. In thanking you, I thank, above all, Our Lord, who, in answer to your prayers, has preserved me in life. I thank, too, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and all the Saints through whose intercession you…Continue Reading

Are The Good Times Over For Joe?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “When sorrows come,” said King Claudius, “they come not single spies but in battalions.” As the king found out. So it seems with President Joe Biden, who must be asking himself the question Merle Haggard asked: “Are the good times really over for good?”Consider the critical issue with voters today: the…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… “Pray, Brothers, For The Souls In Purgatory”

By REY FLORES Purgatory — The Secret Revelations of Padre Pio and Fulla Horak. This movie is having a limited release in theaters on October 25 and 28, 2021. Visit www.purgatorymovie.com for a theatre near you. While researching this movie, I found that there at least a half dozen movies with the title “Purgatory.” They…Continue Reading

Archbishop Broglio Says . . . COVID-19 Vaccines Permissible But Troops May Object

By MATT HADRO WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Service members should not be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine against their conscience, the archbishop of the U.S. military archdiocese said on October 12. In his statement “on Coronavirus Vaccines and the Sanctity of Conscience,” Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA stated…Continue Reading

In Pelosi’s First Speakership . . . 4,676,300 Unborn American Babies Murdered

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY During the first four years that Nancy Pelosi served as speaker of the House (2007 through 2010), approximately 4,676,300 unborn babies were aborted in the United States, according to estimates published by the Guttmacher Institute.To put that in more precise language, adopting the accurate wording to describe abortion that Pope Francis…Continue Reading

The UN And Gender Ideology . . . Laying Down A Paper Trail For Activists

By JONATHON VAN MAREN (LifeSiteNews) — A key aspect of totalitarianism is that dissenters from the state orthodoxy are punished. As one summation puts it: “Everything not forbidden is compulsory.” We are seeing that with the LGBT movement. Same-sex weddings aren’t just for same-sex couples — they want to force Christian florists and bakers to…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are starting a new series on Apologetics that is based on the book Catholicism & Reason. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. You can send them either to the postal mailing address or to the email address below, and…Continue Reading

The Evil Tyranny Of Feelings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A comedian has come under fire recently for flouting the social and media transgender/LGBT juggernaut. He made the mistake of observing out loud that one is punished now more severely for questioning the trans false “gospel” that holds our world in bondage than one is for murder. Recorded at the Hollywood Bowl, he called out…Continue Reading

The Often-Disappointing Quality . . . Of The Prayer Of The Faithful

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope — https://msgrpope.com/internet/ — posted this on October 11. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was restored from antiquity is the Prayer of the Faithful. In my mind, however, there is an often disappointing quality to the intentions…Continue Reading

Making Jesus The Priority

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Jer. 31:7-9Heb. 5:1-6Mark 10:46-52 Making Jesus The Priority In the first reading today, the Lord tells the people of Israel who had been in exile to shout for joy, exult at the head of the nations, and proclaim praise. Why? Because the Lord has delivered His people and…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are starting a new series on Apologetics that is based on the book Catholicism & Reason. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. You can send them either to the postal mailing address or to the email address below, and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Katharine Drexel

By DEB PIROCH Picture this: You grew up in a loving, Catholic household. You never knew your mother, who died just weeks after your birth. But you saw your father devote half an hour every evening to prayer in the house chapel. Your stepmother was devout and loving as well, and she was in your life since you were age…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Lawrence

By DEB PIROCH This week’s column is particularly dedicated to all the cooks preparing for the Thanksgiving feast, less than two months away. In searching out recipes, one could do worse than remember the patron saint of cooks: St. Lawrence.St. Lawrence, despite having died as long ago as 258 AD, is among the most remembered of the saints, for his…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)