On Tuesday June 26, 2012 Barack Obama’s White House published a story titled; Religious Leaders Support President Obama’s Stance on Immigration Reform (click for story)
In that post published by Cecilia Munoz (Director of the Domestic Policy Council for President Obama and formerly of the National Council of La Raza) the White House claims the support of Pope Benedict XVI on President Obama’s deferred action on children of illegal immigrants (which was made on June 15, 2012) by quoting him on an address he gave about immigrants.
So, what’s the problem?:
- Pope Benedict XVI made these comments in an address to the Bishops of the United States on May 18, 2012! Four full weeks before Obama’s order. The White House gives a false impression from the Pope! Below is how Cecilia Munoz wrote it: “Pope Benedict XVI recently stated, “The Catholic community in the United States continues, with great generosity, to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families. A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform.”” Below is the full paragraph from the Pope’s May 18, 2012 address with the link to the entire address: “I would begin by praising your unremitting efforts, in the best traditions of the Church in America, to respond to the ongoing phenomenon of immigration in your country. The Catholic community in the United States continues, with great generosity, to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families. A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform. This is clearly a difficult and complex issue from the civil and political, as well as the social and economic, but above all from the human point of view. It is thus of profound concern to the Church, since it involves ensuring the just treatment and the defense of the human dignity of immigrants.”
- The White House further gives the false impression of the Pope’s support by thanking him in the final paragraph by Munoz: “We appreciate the support by the Pope, his fellow Catholic Bishops in the United States, and their Protestant, Jewish and other faith colleagues. We will continue to work with a broad spectrum of faith leaders around the country and the entire growing coalition of leaders urging Congress to pass comprehensive legislative reform.”
This sort of deception is hard to understand and it will not be tolerated by Catholics or our friends of good will. It shows desperation. Catholic Democrats must challenge President Obama to deal honestly with Catholics as must all Americans.
I will pray for him. He is a man with a soul. Let’s all pray for him. His friends must insist he deals honestly with us.
O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.