Thursday, March 02, 2006

His Eminence Gets One Right

Well, partly right anyway. Maybe even mostly right. The Times says here that the Cardinal has directed his clergy to continue to aid illegal immigrants in need:
In his most forceful comments to date, Mahony said he would instruct his priests to defy legislation — if approved by Congress — that would require churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance and penalize them if they refuse to do so

And that's exactly as it should be. Shopping the poor to the cops is not part of the Divine Mandate.

Unfortunately, there's more to his talk than that. He doesn't appear to want any borders or immigration laws at all. Something there is that doesn't love a wall and its title is Eminence. But the government has obligations to people who are already here. It's a difficult balance to be kept. Alas, the difficulty doesn't eliminate the need to keep it.