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non-criminal illegality

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jul 11, 2007

A quick question for Archbishop Marchetto:

If you're living in a country illegally, how do you go about showing your respect for that country's laws?

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 18, 2007 11:43 AM ET USA

    For Pinecone etal amnesty advocates: There are years of backlogged patient LEGAL applicants waiting to emigrate to improve their and their families' lots! How dare you all legitimize those who sneak in and whine! We who are trying to obtain LEGAL admission for others are SICK & TIRED of whiners who justify SNEAKS while we observe the law and wait! ICE (INS) have their hands full with the SNEAKS and can't even begin to address those who are observing the LEGAL process! SHUT UP & GET IN LINE!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 9:18 PM ET USA

    Here's another question for the archbishop (and amnesty advocates). If you're deliberately flouting and evading the law, how do you expect that same law to protect you and afford you justice? If the law cannot detect your presence, it cannot very well protect you now - can it?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 11, 2007 5:38 PM ET USA

    I recall one of our learned 'pastors of the flock' recently opining that, "of course, the important thing is that the law is obeyed", I think, though I might be wrong that it was w.r.t. the new 'Sexual Orientation Regulations' introduced into the UK. Funny, is it not, that when the legal requirements w.r.t. immigration are in question this point never, EVER, seems to be made. Then again, maybe it is just me.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 11, 2007 4:34 PM ET USA

    Social Justice for illegal immigrants is required in this situation. However, justice must prevail for both sides, not just those who have been labeled victims. Social justice does not mean that me, as a Catholic Capitalist Taxpayer, have a responsibility to pay for the irresponsibilty that some in our government and church believe I owe the disadvantaged based on overly liberal standards. We look for solutions, not to just give handouts.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 11, 2007 3:15 PM ET USA

    An excellent question Uncle Di. Our shepherds of the Church also seem singularly myopic about where one should place the demands for Christian charity. Why is it assumed that all moral responsibility resides with the US government and the US taxpayer over the treatment of the Mexican immigrants? They are after all, fleeing a desperate situation within their own country. Where are the demands that the Mexican government take concrete steps to improve economic liberty of its own citizens? Further, an argument can be made that as Mexican immigrants flood across the US border, the less pressure there is internally on the Mexican govt. to change it ways. In our desire to be charitable, we may be making matters worse south of the border.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 11, 2007 3:12 PM ET USA

    There is no such thing as sin! It's all irregularity that can be smoothed away! God loves me regardless of what I do!!!!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 11, 2007 3:09 PM ET USA

    Criminal: (noun) somebody acting illegally: somebody who has committed a crime; (adj) punishable as a crime under the law; morally wrong, whether illegal or not. Typical usage: Pedro entered the country illegally and was punished as a criminal for this illegal, immoral, criminal act. Pedro’s punishment was a prohibition on employment, a restriction of his right to the country’s social benefits and his immediate deportation.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 11, 2007 3:04 PM ET USA

    Let's turn the title on its head, Uncle Di. How about legal criminality? Like abortion. Or how about non-criminal illegality, like trying to save children from abortion? The Church's teaching on this matter is clear - people have the right to migrate to other countries to search for ways to support their families. If a nation's laws don't recognize that right, then there's something wrong with the laws, not the people.

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