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Father Lanzetta of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate gets reprieve July 7, 2015

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I saw announced the other day that a Fr. Lanzetta had been made parish priest of Saint Mary’s in Gosport, England, and that he would introduce the TLM to the parish.  I did not at that time make the connection that this was substantial news since Fr. Lanzetta has long been a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, and that he had been “banished” to an Austrian monastery since 2013.  He was one of many former leaders of the order deposed under Fr. Fidenzio Volpi’s shockingly harsh administration (God rest his soul).  Hopefully this is an indicator that the severe restrictions imposed on the Order are in the process of being lifted:

Father Serafino Lanzetta, one of the most brilliant minds of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, has been appointed the parish priest of Saint Mary in Gosport, England. For the last few weeks he has been already in place and has begun to make a biritual of a  New Rite parish. The end of his exile coincided with the agony and  death of Commissioner Volpi.[God rest his soul]

Father Lanzetta was among the first victims of the provisional administration of the until recently thriving Order. By August 11, 2013 he and all the priests of the Order had been banned from celebration of  the traditional rite  of the Holy Mass by  the Congregation for Religious. At the same time the Capuchin Father Fidenzio Volpi took control as Apostolic Commissioner of the Order.

With the beginning of autumn 2013, all the leading figures of the Order were dismissed from  their offices  and relieved of their duties. Father Lanzetta, then pastor of Ognissanti in Florence had to leave his parish on 4 October.  Due to bureaucratic difficulties he received a grace period  until October 21. While others were exiled to Latin America, Africa or Asia, his place of exile was the only monastery of the Order in the German-speaking world.

Since then, he had  lead a reclusive life in the monastery Kitzbühel in Tyrol. He took advantage of this time to complete his doctoral studies.  His thesis was supervised by the famous German dogmatist and Mariologist Manfred Hauke  “Il Vaticano II, un Concilio Pastoral” (Vatican II, a Pastoral Council. Hermeneutics of Council Teachings) was approved at theTheological Faculty of Lugano  in Switzerland. [that might make an interesting read, but I doubt it’s so critical of VII as some of Msgr. Gherardini’s works published by the FI’s.  I imagine that lesson – never publicly question VII in strong terms – has been learned.]

How it is this religious priest, who worked in Italy, is led to England to say the traditional Rite,  is not known, but the news gratifying yet in any case. [Concur]

According to website of the Diocese of Portsmouth in southern England, Father Lanzetta is to officially assume his pastorate on  September 8  on the Feast of the Nativity of Mary. In fact, it has been already since the feast of Corpus Christi that he is already filling his new place of work and the duties of the parish priest. In parish journal of Gosport he is already listed as such.

The parish of Gosport is run by Franciscans of the Immaculate under the guidance of Father Lanzetta since  a few weeks ago. The parish also hosts a branch of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. [Hey FI’s, come to Dallas or Fort Worth!  The Franciscans of the Renewal just left, so we have a place for you!  Irving is as Catholic a town as there is in the Metroplex, conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth and adjacent to a major international airport – hint hint]

The current parish journal informs that starting next week at the St. Mary’s Church, Holy Mass will be celebrated from Monday to Friday at 7 o’clock in the morning and on Saturday at 9:30 o’clock in the extraordinary [sic] form of the Roman Rite: “All are invited to attend”.  A Sunday Mass in the old rite is not provided, but that seems to be only be a matter of time.

Via Eponymous Fowler.  Well, God bless Fr. Lanzetta and his order.  I pray this marks the beginning of a major change in administration of the order, with the end of harsh calumnies and arbitrary administration. Maybe this order can get back to being the growing, vibrant group it so recently was.   The damage done has been grave, however, and it will likely take a good number of years for things to improve.

Nevertheless, I believe this order is pleasing to God and thus will not be kept down.

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Incredible: Pope Francis muses darkly about scandalous actions at the Synod July 7, 2015

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Pope Francis, in a sermon given at a Mass in Ecuador, made some more incredible statements, which may count among the most troubling yet from this spectacularly novel pontificate.  Referring to the upcoming Synod, Pope Francis seems to counsel that we had better get over our scandal and preconceived beliefs, and hope for a “miracle of Mercy” from our Lord to contradict Himself and 2000 years of Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and practice:

Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said. [Possible?!?  POSSIBLE?!?  That’s not good enough!  When you’re talking about the eternal destinies of souls, saying “God could turn this monstrous evil into something good” is NOT THE RIGHT APPROACH!  Certainly God does do so all the time, but that doesn’t mean that we ENCOURAGE EVIL IN THE HOPE SOMETHING GOOD MIGHT COME FROM IT!]

Encouraging and celebrating family life during a Mass July 6 in Guayaquil, Pope Francis asked people to pray for the October Synod of Bishops on the family, and he tied the synod to the Jubilee of Mercy, a yearlong celebration that will begin in December. [Be ready to be scandalized. Something tells me the post-synodal encyclical is already written, and has been for some time.]

The synod will be a time for the church to “deepen her spiritual discernment and consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time,” the pope said.

Celebrating Mass with as many as 1 million people gathered under the hot sun in Los Samanes Park, Pope Francis asked them “to pray fervently for this intention, so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it — by making it part of his ‘hour’ — into a miracle. Families today need this miracle!” [OK, this is at least the second time this Pope has strongly hinted at, or openly declared, scandal or heresy on his part.  BY HIS OWN ADMISSION!  Dear Lord, how are we to respond?]

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters Pope Francis was not referring to any specific proposal discussed in anticipation of the synod; one of the most common — and most debated pastoral suggestions — was to develop a process or “penitential path” for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who want to receive Communion but have not received an annulment. [If this isn’t a dark hint of what is planned for the Synod, what else could it be?]

The pope, Father Lombardi said, hopes the synod “will find a way to help people move from a situation of sin to a situation of grace.” [It won’t by any of the proposals we’ve seen put forth thus far.  All it does is surrender to sin and attempt to paper it over by pretending it’s OK, or even virtue.  To the degree it does, it is direct cooperation in moral evil, something  unthinkable for the Church.  But we are apparently in unthinkable times.]

Pope Francis acknowledged the suffering and hope of young people who do not experience happiness and love at home, the “many women, sad and lonely,” who wonder how their love “slipped away,” and the elderly who feel cast aside. [Ever notice that this Pope seems to have a real big issue with loneliness?  But what of the great Saints who lived solitary lives, fleeing the world and all the sin it constantly promotes?]

I wanted to add a bit more from Aleteia on his sermon, because I think it is revealing:

Mary is attentive in the course of this wedding feast, she is concerned for the needs of the newlyweds.  She is not closed in on herself, worried only about her little world. Her love makes her “outgoing” towards others. So she notices that the wine has run out. Wine is a sign of happiness, love and plenty. [Speak for yourself.] How many of our adolescents and young people sense that these are no longer found in their homes? How many women, sad and lonely, wonder when love left, when it slipped away from their lives? How many elderly people feel left out of family celebrations, cast aside and longing each day for a little love? This lack of “wine” can also be due to unemployment, illness and difficult situations which our families may experience.

Or, Pope Francis, this “lack of wine” can be due to the profound spiritual poverty and sickness that pervades this culture far, far more than any worldly problems like unemployment or illness.  How does simply normalizing that poverty and hoping for a miracle – a miracle unlikely to come in service of something in the service of evils so reprehensible to God – serve to improve people’s “concrete situations?”  It doesn’t, save from a sentimental perspective.  It might salve his feelings, but it won’t save any souls.

I’m trying to follow the logic above: if I am reading the argument – or hope, I don’t know – right, Pope Francis seems to hope that by gravely weakening the entire moral edifice of the Church by some gaping pastoral opening to those lost in grievous sin, they will experience an enormous conversion of heart and become very good, virtuous, pious Catholics, or at least Christians or protestants of some stripe.  But the Church has experimented with watering down Doctrine for decades now, and the evidence that this approach does not work at all, and is in fact counterproductive, is vast.  The Church virtually never teaches against contraception anymore (save for papal documents of the preceding two papacies), and yet contraceptive use has never been higher.  Surrendering on contraception neither brought nor kept people in the Church.  There is zero evidence that a further doctrinal surrender will do any different – quite the contrary, it will almost certainly cause millions more to conclude that the Church as an institution is useless.

This isn’t looking for a miracle, it’s a fantastical wish, like a 6  year old girl hoping she gets a unicorn for her birthday.  It might be sweet and well-intentioned, but it ain’t gonna happen.

Something else:  we have heard much from this Pope about his disdain for the conduct he perceives in many pious souls.  He has called them (us?) “neo-Pelagians,” “sourpusses,” “prometheans,” “bead counters,” “closed minded searching for security,” and much else besides.  We see him above describe our Lady’s virtue as being associated with her willingness to reach out to others, seeming to draw a distinction against the “closed in on themselves” again.

But isn’t that what trads do with our great concern for the Church and world?  Aren’t we very frequently reaching out to others?  Aren’t we praying and working and striving to see a Church that is much more beneficial to souls than the construct of the past 50 years?  Aren’t we the ones willing to suffer (and often do) for our Faith, while it is these “saints” being chased after “on the margins” who couldn’t care less, or are really doing much of the persecuting?  Does our Pope have an inverse view of the world and Church as they really are?

And how can Church leadership once again expect the faithful to withstand yet another volte face?  Are we not tiring of watching a doctrinal tennis match, with the ball bouncing back from one side of the court to another from one pontificate to the next?  This is no way to run a Church.  It’s also no way to convert and save souls, the vast majority of whom will only conclude from an unprecedented doctrinal surrender that they were quite correct to dismiss the Church and all its hypocritical dogmas all along.

Lord, I beat my breast over how we have offended Thee.  Please have mercy on us and stop this descent into spiritual anarchy and darkness.

Priest calls for active civil resistance to our immoral, Christ-hating government July 7, 2015

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I very much support this idea.  I’ve lamented on this blog a number of times the institutionalization that has set into the pro-life movement, with constant cautions to only ever play it very safe and never give the movement a black eye by doing something dramatic.  Gone are the early days of the movement with protesters forming human chains outside mill entrances, and Operation Rescue invading mills to try to save a few lives in heroic efforts.

Where has our passivity and deference to authority gotten us?  Have things gotten better?  Yes there have been limitations to abortions in many states, but it still remains very available and very cheap.  It might be a bit more hassle if you live outside a major urban area, but those with even a modicum of determination can always have their baby killed. Meanwhile, in virtually every other area, the collapse of morality and virtue has only accelerated.  Playing Mr. Nice Guy has gotten us nowhere:

Roe v. Wade, which the other two branches of government have tacitly endorsed, effectively condemned millions of innocent children to death, over 50 million to date. If the Shoah undercut the legitimacy of the German government, surely the many millions of innocent deaths have compromised legitimacy of our government. The most recent attack [Justice Kennedy’s imposition of pseudo-sodo-marriage] on the moral order has simply deepened the case.

Catholics and other Christians who oppose these crimes have stood fast in teaching and belief, but have done little to reverse them. In the days of Nazism, there was both condemnation and active resistance. That resistance was both non-violent and violent, and it had a role in actually defeating a powerful government and replacing it. [Small role]

Christian resistance has been virtually non-existent when it comes to active resistance to this government of ours that offends justice and truth and thereby contributed to the deaths of tens of millions. Now it has shattered marriage as a civil institution. Previous resistance has refused to recognize how the government delegitimizes itself by such actions. So the resistance is limited to trying to pass legislation to reverse abortion, and it will likely take the same approach on homosexual marriage. It simply refuses to oppose the government itself that has caused this madness. [I think many faithful souls, both Christian and protestant, are starting to recognize that this nation is no longer savable through recourse to the normal channels of legislation and all that.  We’ve crossed the Rubicon to government by fiat and there is no going back.  People need to start to think on what steps they would be willing to take to no longer recognize this government’s authority over them.  More on that below]

Now, I believe firmly that to be effective, Christians must resist in non-violently, and only non-violently. But this resistance must take place in very public ways, by refusing to cooperate with a government that has involved itself in crimes against humanity, and in the destruction of marriage, family, and the social order based upon the family…….

……..The Church cannot remain neutral to this governmental aggression and reasonably hope to save its children from becoming children of the government.[Whole generations have been lost already while we willingly blinded ourselves to the awful truth that this government ceased to be moral 50 years ago with Griswold vs. Connecticut and has only descended more and more into outright promotion of evil since]This battle is just beginning, especially for the souls of children. They are soon going to be aggressively indoctrinated in this destruction of marriage just as they are being indoctrinated today in moral relativism with respect to human sexuality in government schools. Our children – all children – need a public witness to remind them they are in a hostile, anti-Christian environment. There is no time to lose.

I very much agree.  But how many bishops do you think are really going to be willing to suffer the reaction that will come from promoting active resistance to the government?  They are utterly dependent on remaining in the good graces of this immoral government for billions of dollars of funding annually.  Few, if any, will take any real action – by personal leadership, as opposed to an occasional press release or speech – that will put that funding in threat.  Of course, the calls to stop that funding are already exploding among the sexularists, it will be gone likely within a few  years, anyway, but any strong Catholic response will have to come from the laity, with probably a few score good priests setting a helpful example.

I think many folks are much more in hunker down mode than they are preparing for active resistance.  Patrick Archbold is running a series of posts from an interview with the reliably confrontational Ann Barnhardt exploring ways to resist the government.  I will say this for Miss Barnhardt, she backs up her strong rhetoric with equally strong action.  She has dramatically reduced her income and assets and refused to pay federal income taxes.  She’s a financial expert, I’m sure she knows how to pull off what she’s doing with minimal legal repercussions – perhaps she could explain her method to all of us (maybe she has already, I don’t know).  But it’s not an easy call, especially with dependents in the mix, to willingly slash one’s income to avoid funding this evil government.  Nevertheless, it is a step that could be considered. I guess that is basically “going Galt.”

Fr. Pilon at the link posits a few mild forms of resistance: passing legislation (ummm……I thought he said that wasn’t effective?) to get states out of the marriage business altogether, or, alternatively, having the Church refuse to allow its priests to serve as official state agents at wedding ceremonies.  Those may be OK for a start, but I don’t see either making much change in this culture.  And, I’m not sure that 100,000 very faithful Catholics greatly reducing their income, willingly taking on a huge cross, will make much difference to a government very accustomed to running trillion dollar deficits.  To be effective, millions would have to take part.

I thought the comments at First Things might hold more suggestions for resistance, but I saw basically none. I do think just getting the Church out of the state-recognition of marriage business is really just running away from the problem.  It’s a very clericalist solution, in that it removes much of the immediate threat for the priest, but doesn’t address the broader problem at all.

This is something for me to think on.  I’m not sure what kinds of active resistance to engage in.  As for converting people back to reality/morality…….people are so disconnected from the truth, reality and morality that I don’t think anything short of a miracle or cultural collapse (forcing reality on them) will have any impact.  Certainly our Church has failed mightily to catechize the culture (heck, the “faithful”) at all on all these matters leading this nation, inexorably, to its demise.  I don’t see that changing now.

So……what steps are you, or would you, be willing to take, to demonstrate active resistance towards this government, and to try to oppose it or disassociate oneself from it as much as possible?  One thought I’ve had, though it is to do more business on the side and off the books.  Not my “real” job, certainly, but both my wife and I have other sources of income I won’t go into.  Another idea is to get out of the farm program……that actually brings me money but I hate it, philosophically (I get money for doing nothing, just owning a farm), but it would be an easy way to reject another sign of this government’s legitimacy.  There is always protesting. At the 4th of July parade in Irving there were a fair number of “floats” attacking the government’s legitimacy.  That was heartening. Those are easy things.  What about hard ones?  As I said, I have to think about it, but I’m all ears to your suggestions.

I think the main point is: maybe we should all consider doing something.  I really hope our good priests start making more suggestions and giving more guidance on how to respond to this immoral government actively, rather than passively waiting for them to come after us.

 

Oregon couple who refused “gay wedding” cake fined $135,000, ordered silenced July 7, 2015

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Wow.  It’s so funny when our adversaries on the Left tell us there is no persecution, that Christians continue to enjoy all manner of benefits and are surely free to speak their minds as openly as anyone else.  Yeah, because just about everyone is getting fined the cost of a small house and ordered never to speak about certain topics by powerful government apparatchiks.  Certainly this happens to left wingers all the time, right?  Can’t you remember that radical sodomite group getting thrown in jail just the other day for public lewdness in one of their parades of decadence and self-loathing?  Yeah……..neither can I.

Anyway, the very pro-sodomy Oregon official who has made a career out of crushing a rural Oregon Christian couple has finalized his decision on the exhorbitant fine they faced (he is enforcing it in full), and slapped them with a gag order on the subject.  Oh the land, of the FREE, and the home, of the sodomites………

Not content with trampling freedom of religion, Oregon authorities have now turned to freedom of speech, issuing a gag order to the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa forbidding them from speaking or writing about their Christian beliefs regarding same-sex marriage.

On Thursday, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian upheld a preliminary finding that sentenced Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to a fine of $135,000 in emotional damages to the homosexual couple they denied service, but also added a new provision forbidding them to speak about their unwillingness to serve a gay marriage. [And this decision is final. There is really no avenue of appeal in these kinds of “administrative law courts,” where government bureaucrats serve as judge, jury, and executioner.  It won’t be long before it comes to that.  This is what tyranny looks like. The Founding Fathers revolted for a heckuva lot less than this.]

The couple had accused the Kleins of “mental rape,” adding that they had suffered a “loss of appetite” and “impaired digestion,” which remarkably led to “weight gain.” [And thus we can see how the poor sick lost group of people HAS to have their fantasy rationalization maintained constantly and at all costs. ANY rebuke or contradiction injures their rationalization and causes pangs of doubt and regret for their perversion, which they then channel into anger and outrage – whatever it takes, so long as the rationalization for their sin can be maintained.]

Twisting the actual facts of the case, Avakian declared that the bakers had refused the couple service because they were lesbians, which is demonstrably false, since they happily served other homosexuals who were not seeking a gay wedding cake. [You don’t get it!  ANY failure to constantly lionize, extol, and purt’ near worship these people for their wonderful, glorious sin is, to them, tantamount to the gravest evil. And they will make YOU comply.  There have been several opinions surface since the disastrous, apparently universe-altering Supreme Court decision that failure to acquiesce to sodomite advances is evidence of punishable bigotry.  How that squares with having to have a legal form for each step of heterosexual contact I fail to comprehend. The old joke about sodomy being legal being fine so long as it doesn’t become mandatory is no longer funny]

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” [That statement is laughably false. It’s about refusing to be forced to take part in an action that is morally reprehensible. But the rationalization demands such leaps of illogic all the time]

The Oregon official imposed a gag order on the couple, mandating that they “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs…….. [He’s basically declaring Christians are not welcome in Oregon, or even more, are illegal in Oregon. At least so far as making ANY public declaration of their faith.]

………“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” wrote the Kleins on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

You think you live in a democracy?  You think this country has any future?  Increasingly, the unaccountable and lawless government at all levels is speaking very clearly.  Sodomites are wonderful, preferred people.  Christians are horrible, awful people we really don’t want here.  That view is a perfect inversion of all that is right and decent. It has become the default view of our self-anointed governing elites.

This nation is bringing a curse down on itself, and all that is left is for it to play out.  It will end in a nightmare of blood and bitter hatred, unless by some miracle this process of sexularization is stopped.  That’s what we’re down to, now, praying for a miracle or for the strength to withstand the coming blood persecution.  Barring that miracle, this nation as presently construed is finished.

Here’s a final question for anyone from Oregon (I don’t know if JB still reads): have any priests or bishops in Oregon publicly come to the defense of this couple?  Has the Church reached out to them with strong support and charity for their cause and their suffering?  We always hear about solidarity for the oppressed in the post-conciliar Church, well, here is a young family being brutally oppressed…….has any official solidarity been expressed for them?  Given that they are obviously devout in their beliefs, could not such solidarity and even concrete aid possibly result in their conversion, which should be the ultimate goal of every action the Church takes?

Start Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel TODAY July 7, 2015

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Start your Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel today July 7!  Various options below, the Feat of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is of course July 16.

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful vine, Splendor of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth,
I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity.
There are none that can withstand your power.  O, show me herein you are my mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (Mention your intentions here.)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us.

Mt carmel prayer never fails

mt carmel prayer

You can click on those for slightly larger versions.

The only way we can stay faithful in this chaotic and barbaric time is by clinging to our Lord and Lady.  Always rely on her for all  your needs.  Saint Alphonsus, apparently quoting Aquinas, says that strong devotion to our Lady till death is a near proof of salvation, while absence of that devotion is proof of not being one of the elect.  Our sinless mother loves to help us!  She will never abandon you!

Illegal Alien, deported 5 times, murders San Francisco woman in cold blood July 7, 2015

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Just because he could, apparently.

So here’s a crime the US bishops might want to consider in their headlong and, I fear, rather self-serving commitment to totally unrestricted Hispanic (but not Chinese, or Iranian, etc) immigration into this country.  An illegal alien with numerous felony priors, deported 5 times from this country, shot and killed a San Francisco woman walking with her father in a busy tourist district apparently for the fun of it.  ICE had targeted him for deporting again but San Francisco, following their sanctuary policy which a good number of bishops have endorsed, refused to allow him to be deported and released him without contacting ICE.  So now a father is grieving and how knows how many other people have had their worlds turned upside down by leftist shibboleths (which are nothing but a vehicle to what they really crave -power):

The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant who previously had been deported five times, federal immigration officials say.

Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says San Francisco had him in their custody earlier this year but failed to notify ICE when he was released.

“DHS records indicate ICE lodged an immigration detainer on the subject at that time, requesting notification prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody. The detainer was not honored,” ICE said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Kathryn Steinle was killed Wednesday evening at Pier 14 — one of the busiest tourist destinations in the city.

Police said Thursday they arrested Francisco Sanchez in the shooting an hour after it occurred.

On Friday, ICE revealed their records indicate the individual has been previously deported five times, most recently in 2009, and is from Mexico.

“His criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions, four involving narcotics charges,” ICE said in a statement.

ICE briefly had him in their custody in March after he had served his latest sentence for “felony re-entry,” but turned him over to San Francisco police on an outstanding drug warrant. At this time, ICE issued the detainer — effectively asking that he be turned back over to ICE when San Francisco was finished with him.

But ICE was not notified. The incident is sure to renew criticism of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies.

Social changes like immigration are always fraught with benefits and detriments.  But totally unconstrained immigration of the type advocated by many in the USCCB – and even pushed as policy – is not demanded by virtue nor is it counseled by the Doctrine of the Faith.  Surely we can be generous while still controlling the flow of dangerous individuals over our border, something almost impossible with present policy, which does nothing to deter dangerous individuals and simply tries to clean up the mess after some atrocity has occurred.  With a border fence, the rate of immigration can be controlled and dangerous individuals screened out from admittance.  Surely this is not a radical or hard-hearted step to take, it seems the bare minimum of prudence.

But too many profit illicitly off the present system, which actually encourages the “human trafficking” our Holy Father has been at such pains to deplore, for anything to change.  The powers that be want cheap labor and other “goods” the unconstrained immigration provides.  This includes the bishops, who can go to their ad limina visits to Rome boasting of far better numbers of faithful than they would were it not for the huge influx of temporarily Catholic immigrants, most of whom (or their children, at least) shuck the Faith after they’ve been here a few years.  But the faithful are left carrying the tab for the needs of those who arrive here penniless.  That many immigrants eventually work themselves into a more prosperous situation not requiring so much support is a testament to their virtue, not to any virtue in the present immigration policy of this country.