Politics/United States

“Many in the 1850’s also considered themselves “pro-choice” rather than “pro-slavery”. History repeats itself…”  (Obianuju Ekeocha  Twitter@obianuju)

In other words, I am personally against slavery, but I think people (or the states) should have the freedom to choose.

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From The Christian Review (when it was still seven countries banned):

The troubling, knee-jerk reactions to the recent presidential executive order temporarily suspending the issuance of visas to nationals of seven “countries of particular concern” seem to have preempted the steady moral reasoning that characterizes the best of Catholic analysis.

Unfortunately, members of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy have played into the resulting hysteria, issuing foreboding declarations as if the President were setting up gulags or hustling Muslims into gas chambers rather than temporarily halting immigration from a few key countries that are hotbeds of Islamic terrorism.

Just two weeks ago, Pope Francis reiterated that “every country has the right to control its borders,” especially where the risk of terrorism exists.

In an extended interview with the Spanish daily El País, the Pope underscored traditional Catholic doctrine regarding immigration, namely, that sovereign nations have the basic right to maintain secure borders and to receive immigrants in an orderly and controlled fashion.

“Yes, every country has the right to control its borders, who comes and who goes,” Francis said, “and those countries at risk —from terrorism or such things— have even more right to control them more.”

Such control can take many forms, and certainly does not exclude actions such as we have seen in recent days.

Among the fevered pronouncements labeling the executive order “not rational” and an “unjust action” there wasn’t the slightest nod to the fact that a political measure like this is a prudential judgment, and not a black and white matter involving moral absolutes.

Saying this is a “dark moment in U.S. history” may play well in the Chicago Tribune, but it undermines the moral authority of the episcopate that should know better than to issue careless statements of the sort. Catholics, and indeed all citizens, deserve better.

No, a temporary ban on travelers from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen until vetting procedures can be reviewed doesn’t mean that suddenly America is not “an open and welcoming nation.” It doesn’t mean we have abandoned “Catholic and American values.” There is nothing intrinsically evil about temporarily denying entry visas to persons coming from territories where Al Shabaab, the Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda regularly commit acts of terror and have threatened to infiltrate migrant flows.

Reflecting on questions of immigration, the great saint and scholar Thomas Aquinas taught that every nation has the right to distinguish, even by country of origin, who can migrate to it and to institute the proper immigration policies that will carry this out.

In a remarkably apt passage of his Summa Theologica, Aquinas noted that the Jewish people of Old Testament times did not admit visitors from all nations equally, since those peoples closer to them were more quickly integrated into the population than those who were not as close.

Some hostile peoples were not admitted at all into Israel due to their historical antagonism toward the Jewish nation and the threat they posed to Israel’s security.

The Law “prescribed in respect of certain nations that had close relations with the Jews,” the scholar noted, such as the Egyptians and the Idumeans, “that they should be admitted to the fellowship of the people after the third generation.”

Citizens of other nations “with whom their relations had been hostile,” such as the Ammonites and Moabites, “were never to be admitted to citizenship.”

“The Amalekites, who were yet more hostile to them, and had no fellowship of kindred with them, were to be held as foes in perpetuity,” Aquinas observed.

For the Angelic Doctor, whose feast we celebrated just days ago, it seemed reasonable to treat nations differently, depending on the affinity of their cultures with that of Israel as well as their historic relations with the Jewish people.

Immigration policy can take a variety of forms, and Catholic teaching has never sought to canonize a particular arrangement as the best or only one. The underlying moral principles guiding such policies are an openness to the stranger and the foreigner, balanced by attention to the common good of the nation, its ability to fully integrate immigrants into its culture and in a special way the security and safety of its citizens.

Whether President Trump’s executive order is the best prudential decision in contemporary circumstances is a matter of legitimate debate. Should the number of temporarily banned nations be seven or five or twelve? Is a three-month moratorium the ideal time frame to get America’s leaky vetting procedures shipshape? These and many other questions can and should be asked and people of good will may disagree on the answers.

But this is a far cry from treating the executive order as an evil or reprehensible act. Such summary judgments have absolutely no basis in Catholic teaching and merely reinforce prejudices against Catholic prelates as too quick to make pronouncements that overextend their competence and expertise. They also risk appearing to proceed from personal or partisan concerns rather than the good of the nation.

The President’s first duty is to protect the citizens of the country. Doing so responsibly can entail sacrifices and demands courage and prudence. If Catholic leaders wish to disagree with the way President Trump carries this out, they should do so respectfully, appealing to principles of Catholic teaching and the natural law, and not through innuendo, accusation and insult.

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We started with Mass at Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The excellent homily is <a href=”http://www.yorutube.com/watch?v=mO1MQJJHw4A” target=”_blank”>here</a>. A nice hour drive north to the Lebonese border with Fr. James Conlon telling his vocation story.

<img src=”http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_7648-169×300.png” alt=”” width=”169″ height=”300″ class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1591484″ /> We arrived at Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk and “Peter, the Rock, the Keys & the Chair.” And here we met Governor Mike Huckabee. From there we ate lunch at a Druze Restaurant.

Back to the Sea of Galilee we visited the place where Jesus multiplied loaves and fish before arriving at the Primacy of Peter were Steve gave his talk St. John chapter 21.

We had two hours of free time at our hotel on the shore of Galilee before going to one of the finest restaurants in Israel for an elegant dinner.

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Met Governor Huckabee in Israel

February 18, 2017

We met this good man in Israel today and he took some with us. Gov. Mike Huckabee does much to help steer our country in ways of morality and conservatism. We thanked him for all the good work that he does for our country – and to keep up the good work. We all applauded […]

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Bet You’ve Never Heard of this Heroic, Selfless Woman

February 17, 2017

Remember this lady?Irena Sendler Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her […]

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Catholics and Immigration: What Does St. Thomas Aquinas Say? Listen Bishops…

February 7, 2017

Catholics have a long heritage and tradition dealing with immigration and integration into a society. To read about St. Thomas’ teaching on immigration, click here and here. Listen to this excellent 6 minute presentation – explaining the correct Catholic view of immigration intelligently and sanely – not like much of the hysterical discourse in the […]

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Christian Refugees Merit Priority Status

February 1, 2017

Bill Donohue comments on the urgent need to give priority status to persecuted Christian refugees. (sorry for the graphic images, but someone has to show and tell what is going on with Muslim persecution of Christians) In November 2015, President Barack Obama told a G20 press conference that proposals to give priority status to Christian […]

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Why Saint Thomas Aquinas Opposed Open Borders

January 31, 2017

Every nation has the right to distinguish, by country of origin, who can migrate to it and apply appropriate immigration policies, according to the great medieval scholar and saint Thomas Aquinas. by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.31 Jan 2017 In a surprisingly contemporary passage of his Summa Theologica, Aquinas noted that the Jewish people of Old […]

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I Was Stopped by Immigration at the Airport

January 29, 2017

In fact, I have been stopped by Immigration many times. That is what Immigration does. It makes sure you should come into our country. They stop me every time to check my Passport, ask what I did while away, who I met with and what I am bringing into the country. Three times US Immigration […]

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Good Riddance Obama; Welcome Trump!

January 20, 2017

Good riddance Obama and your eight miserable years as president. It will take a decade to really ascertain how much you’ve damaged our country and the world. Welcome Donald Trump! Loved the way you invited God back into our country during your Inaugural Address. Proud to have you in the White House. You’ve made a […]

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Founding Father John Adams Visits a Catholic Church

December 31, 2016

John Adams (1735-1826) was a Founding Father of the United States. He was raised in an austere Protestant movement called the Puritans who left England to flee liturgical Christianity and to find religious freedom. He was raised as a Congregationalist and later turned to Unitarianism. He was elected President of the United States in 1796. […]

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Who Speaks for God on Morals? Many Choose their Church Like they Choose a Restaurant

December 29, 2016

We have a “church” near our house that is making it comfortable for anyone to join no matter who they are, what they believe or what they practice. They say it is our job to accept and love, to be nice, not to judge. Celebrate Diversity is a slogan of acceptance, multiculturalism, non-judgmental inclusion. Some […]

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How To Give Liberal Students Everything They Want

November 16, 2016

 

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St. Thomas Becket on Why Clinton/Dems Lost

November 11, 2016

Posted at National Catholic Register by Tom Nash on Friday Nov 11th, 2016 at 9:52 AM **Evangelicals and Catholics took sober note of attacks on their religious liberty, and they pushed back hard at the ballot box.** Secular journalists have given various reasons for Donald Trump’s shocking upset victory over Hillary Clinton. I flipped between […]

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Trump Interviewed on EWTN; Watch Tonight! We Already Voted for Trump!

October 27, 2016

IRONDALE, Ala., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — At 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 27, EWTN’s “The World Over” with Host Raymond Arroyo will air an exclusive interview with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, which will be of interest to people across the United States. Watch the 15 minute interview below… Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161025/432539 Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161025/432540LOGO “He […]

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