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Unrestricted Immigration: It’s not a Catholic thing

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The Roman Catholic Church has a longstanding teaching, drawn from natural law, that the nation is an extension of the human family.

As the father of a family has not only the right but also the duty to protect those in his charge, the properly constituted authorities of a state have a duty to use their power to advance the common good of the nation.

“Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws, and to assist in carrying civic burdens — The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2241

The mistaken idea that the RCC supports unrestricted immigration stems from its teaching on the personal right of migration.  This teaching says that someone in straitened circumstances should be allowed to leave his country of origin, bringing with him those under his care.  However, it does not include the unlimited right of migrants to settle wherever they wish.

“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.” — The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2241 BOLD added

The key phrase is “to the extent they are able.”  The authorities of the receiving country have a primary duty to act in the common good of their own citizens, because each country, as Pope Francis said, has the “right to control its borders.”

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Leftist Outrage is Misplaced and Immature

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From Jonathon van Maren at Life Site News:

“For the last couple of weeks, everyone has been going insane. I have never seen this level of hysteria, hyperbolic rhetoric, and fearmongering, not even when the Left collectively decided that George W. Bush was worse than Hitler.

“It appears that the progressive movement has decided that a former New York liberal is the embodiment of pure evil and represents everything that must be opposed, however incoherently. Some of the critiques are warranted, but all of them, so far, have been hypocritical—especially considering that the other option for president of the United States was Hillary Rodham Clinton. …

“With Trump’s arrival, they have found that their exaggerated sense of self-righteousness does not entitle them to anything in a democracy. They gave up making arguments quite some time ago, and instead spent their time lecturing the rest of us sanctimoniously. People got tired of it, and took their power away.

“I was no Trump fan, but now that Trump is president, I take the same approach as Ben Shapiro and the National Review: Support the president when we can support him, and criticize him when we can’t. In other words, treat him like a flawed politician. The Left, however, is treating him like an invading demon that they must exorcise, and have completely lost their ability to see things objectively.”

Read the rest of this excellent summary of the Left’s insanity here.

CtH: Marren says, “The brazen hypocrisy of the Left combined with their swooning hysteria have revealed that they have lost their ability to see those they disagree with in political terms.”

I would suggest that they have lost their ability to see us in HUMAN terms.  How else could Nancy Pelosi go so far as to cast her party as righteous saviors against all of us traditional, patriotic Americans, Republicans, people of faith, and pro-lifers?

She actually said that we “pray in church on Sunday and then prey on people the rest of the week.”  Yet she is the one screaming loudly for taxpayer funding of abortion on demand and without restrictions.

We’re not the ones who said that investigating Planned Parenthood for trafficking in fetal remains was “un-American.”  Or who claimed that homosexual “marriage” was consistent with Catholic teaching, which is is totally not.

As for her statement on late-term abortion —  “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this.” — dear God in Heaven, do not get me started.

We’re not the predators or the hypocrites, Ms. Pelosi.  I’d like to hope and pray you wake up and repent before it’s too late, because Hell awaits.  Sadly, I suspect you’ve been stewing in your sinful lies for so long that you’re past the point where you are capable of repentance.

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https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pelosi-rips-faithful-americans-they-pray-in-church-on-sunday-and-then-prey

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MYTH: Catholic Doctrine is Un-Biblical

I love my Catechism and include it in my daily Bible and prayer time.  It is full of information and is often quite beautiful in the spiritual truths it expresses.

It is also copiously footnoted.  Recently, I became interested to learn just how many pages had Bible footnotes.  I finished the count today.

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Read it for yourself.  Catechism of the Catholic Church is available in print for a small fee or on-line for free:

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Curious about Catholicism?

This September saw the beginning of the 20th season of EWTN’s The Journey Home program.  At this link are the most viewed and shared episodes of 2016:

http://www.chnetwork.org/2016/12/top-10-journey-home-episodes-2016/

I’m listening right now to this one featuring a former Assemblies of God pastor. His struggles with not wanting Catholicism to be true are humbling to me.  It makes me feel so grateful that I was raised Catholic.  I had to come to Jesus in a real way, something that a dear Baptist friend helped me with.  But I had no issues with Catholic doctrine or practice, because it’s how I was raised.

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The Not-So-Sinister Inquisition

If you are a Trump voter who is sick of being portrayed as evil by the lying left, then you know exactly how I feel about the lies that are commonly believed about the Catholic Inquisition.

Excerpt from “Seven Lies About Catholic History” by Diane Moczar (pp. 95-96, altered slightly for clarity only) [TAN, 2012]:

Spanish King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V came to his thrones as a young man just as Luther was getting going nicely.  He was understandably anxious that the appalling disorder and loss of life caused by Protestants in the German lands not spread to his realm of Spain.  

Thus he had the Office of the Spanish Inquisition keeping a lookout for Protestant missionaries trying to infiltrate Spain from the north.  The very presence of this court seems to have had the desired effect: in the whole of the sixteenth century, the century of the Reformation, the Spanish Inquisition executed 182 heretics, or less than two per year.

By comparison the Protestant persecutions of Catholics in England, Ireland, the Netherlands, and elsewhere in northern Europe, together with the wars fought between Catholics and Protestants on the European continent, took tens of thousands of lives.

BBC: De-mythologizing the Spanish Inquisition

This video is long, but it is VERY much worth watching!  What most people think they know about the Spanish Inquisition is based on anti-Catholic slander published by Protestants in the 16th c.  This so-called “Black Legend” has been repeated ever since. The Spanish Inquisition kept meticulous records which have now, finally, been opened up and really studied by serious historians.  The story they tell is very different from the “Black Legend.”

The last five minutes is particularly compelling. A fellow I believe is a Spanish historian explains why the myths about the Inquisition became so popular and pervasive. His insights speak loudly to our own political myths. One point he makes is that a myth is simple; it is easier to believe a simple lie than to wrap our minds around the complexities of reality. The other point is that we don’t like to face the ugliness within our own natures; it is more comfortable to project that ugliness on to some “other” who is sufficiently distant to be safely demonized.

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http://fisheaters.com/spanishinquisition.html

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The Origins of International Law

Catholic theologians used Catholic doctrine to condemn mistreatment of New World natives during the Age of Discovery. Their writings formed the basis of international law, a concept that did not exist at the time.

An excerpt from How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (p. 153) [Regnery, 2005] —

That injustices were committed in the conquest of the New World no serious person will deny, and priests at the time chronicled and condemned them.

But it is natural that we should wish to find some silver lining, some mitigating factor, amid the demographic tragedy that struck the peoples of the New World during the Age of Discovery.

And that silver lining was that the encounters between these peoples provided an especially opportune moment for moralists to discuss and develop the fundamental principles that must govern their interaction.

In this task they were aided enormously by the painstaking moral analysis of Catholic theologians teaching in Spanish universities.

As Hanke rightly concludes,

“The ideals which some Spaniards sought to put into practice as they opened up the New World will never lose their shining brightness as long as men believe that other peoples have a right to live, that just methods may be found for the conduct of relations between peoples, and that essentially all the peoples of the world are men.”

These are ideas with which the West has identified for centuries, and they come to us directly from the best of Catholic thought.

Thus do we have another pillar of Western civilization constructed by the Catholic Church.

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The Blood of St. Januarius

St. Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, was martyred for the faith around 305 CE, during the Emperor Diocletion’s persecution. It is said that when he was put in the arena, wild animals refused to harm him, so they cut off his head. The Feast of St. Januarius is celebrated on September 19th, believed to be the day he died, or, as we believe, was born into Heaven.

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A relic of St. Januarius’ blood is kept in Naples.  It is exposed in Naples Cathedral in May, September and December.  Ordinarily, the blood is clotted.  But on these three special days when it is exposed, it almost always liquefies.  Thousands of people assemble to see if the miracle will happen again.  Scientists have not been able to explain how it happens.

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There have only been a few times in the recent past when the blood failed to liquefy.  Shortly thereafter, disaster fell on the area.

  • 1939: The Second World War broke out.
  • 1973: Naples was visited by a cholera epidemic.
  • 1980: A powerful earthquake killed almost 2,500 people.

Last weekend, at the annual December ceremony, the blood of St. Januarius failed to liquefy.

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There is another aspect to this story, which is the unusual liquefactions that have occurred only twice in the presence of a visiting pope.

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Sorry, Catholic Haters, but I don’t buy it

Firstly, it makes no sense to me that God sent His only Son to suffer, die, and rise again to save us from damnation, only to condemn all of the multi-millions* of Catholics to eternal damnation for believing some point of doctrine that you happen to think is wrong.

Secondly, what if you’re wrong and we’re right?  Do you seriously believe that God will just whoosh you into Satan’s fiery grip because YOU got some point of doctrine wrong?  Really?  If that’s what you think, then I feel deeply and truly sorry for you.  It must be awful to live in such fear. Try reading and meditating on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  And look up who the Samaritans were.  It’ll help a lot.

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Thirdly, Jesus Himself told us what criteria He will use to judge us and it’s not based on what we think we know is true about the Bible.  It’s based on how we behaved toward our brothers and sisters here on Earth while we had the chance.  It’s in the Bible … you know that book right?  The one you THINK Catholics never read?  Here’s the pertinent passage in case you missed it:

Matthew 25:31-46 The Judgment of the Nations

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

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“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’  And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,  a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’

“Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’  He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’  And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

*Current count of Catholics world-wide = 1.2 billion.  Add that to all of the Catholics around the globe, who ever lived, from the Apostolic Age until now.

FYI: This rant was inspired by an “All Catholics Are Going to Hell” YouTube video I unwillingly stumbled upon that was posted by a group with the unlikely name of Eternal Love of Jesus Ministries.  Riiiiight.  The blurb under the video credits Chick.com for the content, which makes sense.  Chick has been spreading lies about Catholic teaching for nearly a century.  Founder Jack Chick died two months ago.  One cannot help but wonder how his visit with Jesus went.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Chick

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