Some of us just choose not to obey the law
The Catholic Sun has jumped on the liberal, sob-story, illegal immigrantion bandwagon.
In describing illegal alien parishioners who are feeling the effects of Arizona’s employer sanctions law and contemplating moving out of the valley, Father Peter Liuzzi, the pastor at St. Agnes Parish said, “Laws need to respect the higher, natural law of the right to immigrate,” he said. “That’s Catholic teaching.”
Father Liuzzi appears not to respect the sovereignty of the nation in which he lives.
Abortion is legal, and presumably the priest would prefer that not be so. Yet, it is doubtful he would advocate harm to the clinics and abortionists. Laws must be respected. If we want them changed, there are legal and honorable means to work within the system to effect such changes.
His statement is stunningly unconscionable in view of the fact that all countries have borders, laws which must be obeyed and national sovereignty. Laws regarding legal immigration are central to an orderly flow of those who desire to acclimate to a new land and apply for citizenship as part of a lawful process.
President Ronald Reagan warned us, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” Is this what the parish priest advocates?
Father Liuzzi knows very well that in order to visit the church’s fenced Diocesan offices in downtown Phoenix, a visitor must be buzzed through security monitors at the reception desk, where the receptionist sits behind a wall and speaks through a glass partition.. Only after registering and giving pertinent information regarding the make and license of their car, can the visitor be given access–and then only with the agreement of the person to be visited. Such security is both reasonable and appropriate in today’s world.
Does Father Liuzzi regard security measures at the Diocesan office as limiting freedom of movement? Does he have a lock on his own door?
Father Andrew McNair, writing for the National Catholic Register refutes Father Liuzzi‘s contention, “ Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church, as a matter of public policy, does not support open borders or illegal immigration. The solution to illegal immigration is clear: Encourage people to obey the law by enforcing the law. The right to immigrate is not absolute.” (Catechism No. 2241)