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Unrestricted Immigration: It’s not a Catholic thing


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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Pope Francis, the Fed Ex guy

If you’ve heard anything about the current controversy in the Catholic Church, I encourage you to carefully read this article.  It explains what the controversy is about and discusses the limits on the pope’s authority.

“The pope is not an oracle, not a second Jesus, not the Supreme Court rewriting the Constitution as it goes along. He’s like a Fedex guy, and it’s his job to pass on a package. He’s not empowered to open it, rifle through the contents, and replace them with something ‘better’.”

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Please stop trash talking my peeps

Yesterday, I saw a snotty comment on a Tea Party site about how Pope Francis allegedly heads an organization that does nothing more than molest children and teach people to talk to imaginary friends.

I dunno if the poster was a Christian or not, but it hardly seems to matter.  I’ve seen the same trash spewed by people who are devout followers of Jesus Christ, people who I am fairly certain believe in Jesus’ teachings about charity and truth telling.

I’m also fairly certain that such people know that the Left hates Christians and that their politicians, journalists and educators lie about us a lot.  So, when it comes to climate or fracking or any of a host of other hot button issues, they are rightfully skeptical.

But when it comes to trash talked about me and my fellow Catholic Christians, many Bible Thumpers seem to just open up their gullible mouths and swallow whole.

  • FACT: The incidence of molestation of children by men in the U.S. is between 1% and 5%.  The incidence of priest molestation is .1%.  Not one percent.  POINT one percent.  Children are safer with priests than with teachers, coaches, or dads BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE.
  • FACT: The Inquisition didn’t kill millions.  For one thing, there were not millions to kill.  Southern Europe didn’t have that many people in it at that time.  Best historical estimates put the number of executions in the low thousands and these were spread out over several centuriesShall we talk about how many people Protestants and Muslims have executed out of religious zeal?

I could go on, but there are loads of books and websites that debunk anti-Catholic lies.

If you’re one of these people who loves Jesus, but thinks Catholics are eeeeeeeeeeeeeevil … do yourself a favor.  Not me, YOU.  Because Jesus is going to judge you on this stuff.

Do some research!  Read something that Catholics have written about what Catholics believe.  Please.

A couple of good sites are Catholic dot com, EWTN dot com, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is online, searchable and free @




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About Pope Francis’ condolences

Pope Francis is reported to have sent the following to Cuban President Raúl Castro in a Spanish-language telegram:

“On receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation. At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his repose and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patroness of this country.”

I keep seeing outraged remarks about what he said, but really … where’s the basis for them?

Pope Francis is a world leader who has visited Cuba.  Condolences were in order.  What was he supposed to say to the bereaved … “I’m glad the schmuck is dead”?

Fidel Castro was baptized Catholic and educated by the Jesuits.  Then he became a brutal dictator and avowed atheist.  Any Christian should be sorry the man apparently died unrepentant. How much more the pastor of the worldwide church the man was born into, then repudiated and persecuted?

And it’s not like Francis didn’t get in a very proper and polite dig with “I offer prayers to the Lord for his repose and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patroness of this country.”

Personally, I think the text of the telegram was well done.  As was his visit to Cuba.

The Daily Mail UK reported that the primary motive behind the Pontiff’s trip was not political, but pastoral.  He went to encourage Catholic Cubans who have suffered under Communist rule.

Pope Francis gave Fidel a selection of books, including one written by Rev. Amando Llorente, a Jesuit preacher who taught Castro as a young man, but was expelled from Cuba under Communism.


He also celebrated Mass in Havana’s Revolutionary Square near a huge metal sculpture of Che Guevara.


That sculpture of Che Guevara is permanent.  But check out what was put up for the Mass!



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After the Election, Unleash the Francis Option

Article by Tom Hoopes reprinted from

No matter what the outcome of our Nov. 8 election, Catholics’ job is clear: Seize the moment to draw people closer to Jesus Christ.

In other words, it’s time for the Francis Option.

The “Francis Option” is a complementary approach to the “Benedict Option.”

Pope Francis spelled out the “Francis Option” himself in his apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium.

“I dream of a ‘missionary option,’” he says, “so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation” (No. 27).

Consider the contrasts: St. Benedict’s monastic communities did the necessary work of preserving the foundation of the Church as Rome fell to ruins. After that, St. Francis’s mendicant communities went out and started rebuilding.

Clearly, both these approaches are needed (I owe my faith to the Benedict Option)— but Pope Francis emphasizes the latter.

After the election has disgusted and degraded us, the Francis Option invites us to be witnesses.

Political culture has become a cesspool — and if it wasn’t clear before, an election pitting the lewdness of Donald Trump against the Anthony Weiner revelations proves it.

The answer, Pope Francis says, is us.

“Today’s world stands in great need of witnesses, not so much of teachers but rather of witnesses,” he said. “It’s not so much about speaking, but rather speaking with our whole lives: living consistently, the very consistency of our lives! This consistency means living Christianity as an encounter with Jesus that brings me to others, not just as a social label. … Witness is what counts!”

The world won’t embrace the faith until they see joyful, authentic Christians. They need to see new John Paul II’s, Mother Teresa’s, Francises. There are no other options: That has to be us.

After the election, people want policies that promote goodness and truth. The Francis Option offers them.

Our politics have become bankrupt — and if that wasn’t clear before, the “astonishing flaws” (as Archbishop Charles Chaput put it) of this year’s candidates make that clearer than ever. They seem like a dare from fate to both parties, saying: “How many of your principles are you willing to violate to support a candidate?”

To write my book What Pope Francis Really Said I went through several hot-button issues to see what Pope Francis — and the Church — say about them. Taken together, Pope Francis’s words spell out what a family-centered political vision looks like.

  • He calls for an economy that is focused on consumer value and jobs for families rather than empty consumerist appeal for the sake of stock prices.
  • Pope Francis models true compassion to homosexual and transgender people in place of the false charity of gender ideology.
  • He sees that peace is no more a pipe dream today than it was in Poland, where Pope John Paul’s solidarity cleared away the messes war had left.
  • Pope Francis is passionately pro-life and pro-woman, from conception to natural death.
  • He wants to welcome immigrants all the way into the arms of Jesus Christ in the Church.
  • Pope Francis wants to transform the world’s respect for nature into a respect for human nature.

The election showed how badly people need healing. The Francis Option heals.

The violence and vitriol of the campaign is just one symptom of the deep wounds in our society. The most tragic sign is a heartbreaking new statistic: Teens today are as likely to die from suicide as they are from traffic accidents.

It is in this world that Pope Francis sees the Church as a “field hospital after battle.”

Archbishop Samuel Aquila said, “The ‘Francis Option,’ I would argue, places the emphasis on bringing God’s forgiveness to those on the spiritual and material outer limits of society, while also strengthening the health of our local communities with the balm of God’s mercy.”

That means embracing God’s mercy and reaching out to others with the works of mercy.

In his first encyclical, Francis put it this way:

“There is an urgent need to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim. The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God.

The Benedict Option shields the flame of faith from the harsh winds. The Francis Option sets fires everywhere so that the wind would only blow it higher.

Author Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and author of the upcoming book What Pope Francis Really Said.

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Gender Bending: It’s About Hating God

Gender bending

Pope Benedict XVI called gender bending “a profound falsehood.”

Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun reports that, in a personal conversation with him, Pope Francis called gender bending “demonic.”

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Good Catholics don’t vote Democrat

Amoris Laetitia quote abortion euthanasia

2012 Party Platforms on Abortion:

The Republican Party adheres to a “faithful  to  the  ‘self-evident’  truths  enshrined  in  the  Declaration  of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

The Democratic Party “strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”

2012 Party Platforms on Euthanasia:

The Republican Party “opposes the  non-consensual  withholding  or  withdrawal  of  care  or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.”

The 2012 Democratic Party had nothing to say on the matter.  However, given their support for killing unborn Americans and the results of the poll below, it’s not hard to figure what they’d say if they decided to make it a hot button issue.

Poll Democrats on Euthanasia


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Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis’ New Document on Marriage

Amoris Laetitia cover

Approved English Text of Amoris Laetitia on-line @

Order it already printed and bound:

Download the pdf:

Before you print it, be aware that the pdf file is 264 pages long!  Granted, they are short pages with big fonts and some blank pages, so it’s not nearly as much text as that suggests, but it’s still lots of paper that would need punching and a 3-ring binder.

I’m still working on Centessiumus Annus and Rosarium Virginis Mariae.  I don’t think my brain can handle another papal document right now!  LOL  Fortunately, Jimmy Akin has a good summary article (7 pages) that I am going to print out and study.

The Pope’s New Document on Marriage by Jimmy Akin

The Pope’s New Document on Marriage: 12 Things to Know and Share

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