In a typical slur against his fellow Catholic bloggers one gossipy fellow claims that despite recent praise for Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa for his strong teaching regarding liturgy we’d turn on him for what he says about immigration reform in this CNS story:
In Oklahoma, Tulsa Bishop Edward J. Slattery joined Cardinal Mahony in saying that if a law is passed criminalizing the act of aiding illegal immigrants “then I will become a criminal.”
“When it becomes a crime to love the poor and serve their needs, then I will be the first to go to jail for this crime, and I pray that every priest and every deacon in this diocese will have the courage to walk with me into that prison,” he said April 2 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Tulsa.
Actually I completely agree with Bishop Slattery. If aiding the poor and serving the needy is criminalized then I will become a criminal too. But that’s not the question.
The question is whether the Sensenbrenner-King bill would criminalize aid to the poor and needy or if some people, not Slattery, are creating a controversy designed to undermine any immigration reform at all.
That particular blogger should stick to gushing over the latest silken fashions in Rome and stop creating straw men to knock down. His caricatures of Catholic bloggers don’t bear any resemblance to anyone I’ve read.
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