I don’t intend to denigrate any fellow Christians’ particular views of Christianity here, but there is something terribly wrong with the modern-day Catholic Church.
Putting aside whether Pope Francis is or is not an economic Marxist, at least one aspect of the societal doctrines of the Church is most definitely culturally Marxist. This wouldn’t matter one way or the other were it not for the existence of the cult of personality that surrounds the Pope himself.
As his job demands, Francis will push the doctrines of the Church—including the Marxist ones. Those doctrines have been there much longer than Francis has even been alive, but now that the Pope is finally viewed as hip and awesome by the Catholic youth, they will grow up having paid more attention to those teachings than they would have were the Pope still a Darth Sith lookalike. Whatever he says, not just as Church dogma but even just as personal opinion, Catholics unquestioningly say how “awesome” his opinion is.
But the problem is with a particular doctrine itself. Here is a quote from the US Council of Catholic Bishops:
The Catholic Catechism instructs the faithful that good government has two duties, both of which must be carried out and neither of which can be ignored. The first duty is to welcome the foreigner out of charity and respect for the human person. Persons have the right to immigrate and thus government must accommodate this right to the greatest extent possible, especially financially blessed nations: “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.”
It is out of respect for the “human person” that we should oppose the open borders that the Catholic Church is calling for. People don’t “have the right to immigrate” to the country of their choice any more than they have the right to walk into the home of their choice and demand the residents thereof take care of them. As far as I know, the Church does not advocate breaking and entering our homes when the homes are our houses, so why do they advocate breaking into our homes when the homes are our land?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, “But Indians were here first!” I know. If Mexicans want to storm the country and wage war with us, they can try. If they win the war, it’ll become their land just as it became our land about half a millennium ago. But until that happens, we should not be trying to aid and abet people who are just going to drag us down to their level. And that helps no one. There is nothing charitable about flooding the country with cheap, low-IQ labor, especially when Americans are already hurting for jobs without introducing immigrants into the equation.
The Catholic Church must stop pushing policies that aim to knock America down a few pegs in the name of “fairness.” It’s a wonder that President Obama hasn’t hired one of these bishops to be his immigration czar.