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the welcome mat

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Dec 30, 2007

An English bishop is talking about the proper attitude toward immigrants.

You already know what he's going to say, don't you? Immigrants should be welcomed. We should open our doors to them, greet them, make them feel accepted. Right.

Wrong. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has a problem with these particular immigrants.

Oh, because there Muslims, right? And they're likely to undermine the Christian heritage of the British people?

Wrong again. They're Catholics. Disproportionately active Catholics. They come from Poland, bringing the habits of a pious people. Old-fashioned habits, like the blessing of homes at Christmas and food baskets at Easter, the Lenten Lamentations, the Forty Hours Devotion, the Divine Mercy prayers.

They don't speak the Queen's English, either. But that's not really the problem. Other immigrants have trouble with the language. The Poles are a special problem.

However, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "I'm quite concerned that the Poles are creating a separate church in Britain. I would want them to be part of the Catholic life of this country.

If Polish Catholics would just act like British Catholics, maybe the cardinal would be more comfortable. And by the same logic, if a group of French chefs move to England, we should make sure that their culinary offerings blend in with the ordinary standards of British cuisine.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 20, 2009 1:46 PM ET USA

    Am I wrong in noting that many of the priests accused of sexual harassment seem to come from the same dioceses? Is it perhaps time to turn our attention to the bishops? Among many characteristics of these curious bishops is the failure to preach "in season and out" that contraception is a mortal sin.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Nov. 16, 2009 4:17 PM ET USA

    I've been to Life Teen Masses before and am unimpressed. Palestrina would turning over in his grave if he saw what happened there. The music is atrocious, impossible to sing, and unbefitting to a Catholic Mass. May this soon go the way of the dinosaur!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 15, 2009 9:35 AM ET USA

    In court ordered deposition it was revealed Fushek and his sodomite lay leader formed the very irreverent 'LifeTeen Mass' group in order 'to have a ready corral of young men to choose from' to coerce oral/anal sex.Fushek's sex in the Sacred Confessional with young men are notorious.This is why sodomite men cannot be ordained to priesthood/diaconate.Many vocations have been lost because USCCB continues to allow sods entry.SSA men should be sent home, undertake reparative counseling to normalcy.