PopeWatch: Open Borders

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No left wing crusade these days is complete without a papal blessing:

In a new interview with Reuters, Pope Francis backed the U.S. bishops’ opposition to the separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border, calling the move “immoral” and “contrary to Catholic values.”

“I am on the side of the bishops’ conference,” the pope said, referring to statements made by U.S. bishops earlier this month.

Francis’ comment was made in reference to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration, which was rolled out in May and, among other things, enforces the separation of children from parents who have been detained by border officials.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, issued a statement at during their bi-annual meeting in Houston last week criticizing the enforcement of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying “separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”

He said later the bishops would consider the possibility of sending a delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border to see the detention centers for themselves and offer solidarity for incoming migrants and refugees.

“Let it be clear that in these things, I respect [the position of] the bishops conference,” Pope Francis said in the interview with Reuters.

Go here to read the rest.  Now that Trump has signed an executive order requiring that parents seeking asylum reside with their children, we will see the illegal aliens’ lobby combating the administration’s attempt to overturn the Flores Decree to allow holding the kids until the government has ruled on their parents’ petitions for asylum.  This has always been about the attempt by Leftists to cause a renewal of the policy of catch and release and has zip to do with kids.  That our Pope is on the side of the illegal aliens and their advocates, and repeat their mendacious talking points, should come as no surprise to any sentient Catholic.


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  1. Don’t let any illegal alien claim asylum. Send then ALL back immediately. I turned off the bishops telecast when I heard their political stance. The bishops must give up their citizenship and their houses and their benefits before demanding on moral grounds that we give up ours. Margaret Thatcher said something about running out of other peoples’ money. The bishops have run out of other peoples’ money.

  2. When you recognize the Pope; many bishops/cardinals; and their overpaid bureaucracies as liberals first and Catholics eighth or tenth, it all makes sense.

  3. Ignorant or evil, there are no exceptions among leftists. Francis is quite obviously the latter.

  4. Why aren’t the Vatican City borders wide open?
    Why aren’t the gyms of all Cathoic schools in the Diocese of Rome full of cots for housing illegal migrants?
    Why aren’t the ancient churches in said diocese filled to the brim during the day as cool sanctuaries for these people?
    Do as I say, not as I do, eh Papa Francisco? Any 1st person statement that he is praying for the leaders of the countries swamped by this crisis? Or any prayers or $ material help for the countries of origin to reduce emigration? NO! Just blah, blah, blah. Hypocrite.

  5. What’s distressing about Bishops is the degree to which they fix on topical questions. So, in 1983 you had this ‘pastoral letter’ on nuclear arms. Then a couple of years later, you had one on the economy. There are people who know something about the intersection between politics and armament and there are people who know something about the dynamics of economic life. It would be quite surprising to find any such people in and among the social workers and generic non-profit functionaries working for the U.S. Catholic Conference, but, hey, the stuff’s in the papers so we gotta say something, right? We have to hear from Francis &c. even though they likely haven’t a clue as to what procedures are today, how they got to be that way, and what the trade-offs are.

  6. When Pope Francis takes President Trump’s advice on whether to offer Communion to manifest sinners, then perhaps President Trump will consider Pope Francis’ advice on how to secure his nation.

    Mind your own business. It is in need of minding. The Church is objectively in full collapse.

  7. Dear American Bishops: Why is it that United States citizens are always called evil for not allowing totally open borders, while conditions in majority Catholic countries that these people are fleeing are never called out?
    Seems “virtue signalling” is all the rage these days.

  8. Your opening sentence is a winner! And I’ll be borrowing it, if you don’t mind…That says it all.

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