Progressives are feeling the pinch of public disdain for ObamaCare and socialized medicine, not to mention all the socialist tendencies in general coming from the government. And in order to avoid a major embarrassment to their Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, in the deterioration of their signature achievement, they are about to go all-out on 'amnesty' for illegal immigrants. You see, ObamaCare is like a virus. It needs a healthy host. And the American youth has basically rejected ObamaCare up to this point--not withstanding the coming propaganda blitz--so the only viable candidates, or suckers, for socialized medical subsidy are newly deputized illegal immigrants.
And that is where the Catholic, and Christian, homily comes in.
In the coming Sunday homilies, expect to hear pleas for advocacy and donations for poor immigrant souls in desperate need of both American Justice and Catholic Social charity. Indeed we are a nation built upon immigrants. My grandparents, Irish and Italian, attest to that. And certainly, our Catholic faith has a 'preferential option for the poor.' For in the poor we surely find Christ.
However, in law breakers and criminals, how can we be Just to the safety of our fellow Americans, and how can we be Just to the immigrant waiting patiently and legally? Truly, with the reception of Jesus' Mercy, we realize Jesus' Just demands. And equally true, in remembering the innocent people of Mexico, in fleeing their impoverished and crooked nation, we must also remember the causes of impoverishment and crookedness in the drug dealers, warlords, human traffickers, potential terrorists, and criminals who sneak in with the innocent. But then again, how innocent is someone who climbs into another persons back yard without permission?
Immigration reform must not be rushed. In working it out, America must be merciful and compassionate; yet, at the same time we must balance it with Justice, prudence and temperance.
And this sounds both authentically American and authentically Catholic.