Friday, April 07, 2006


The Catechism and Illegal Immigration

(updated since the first post of 8:30 a.m.)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church seems to be more on the side of law and order than Cardinal Mahony:

"2241 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. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

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. (emphasis added)"

So, since there is an apparent rejection among many, if not most, immigrants who are currently rasing an uproar in support of La Raza, it seems equally apparent that Cardinal Mahony is, once again, way off base (HT to L.A. Catholic.)

For a man who is supposedly so intelligent, it amazes me that some of the main points of simple economics elude him.

By flooding a market with cheap labor three things happen: (1) the wages received by workers drops (as does the average living standard for said workers) since the elasticity of demand is not too great. Thus, the poor get poorer and more of them are created; (2) The rich get richer. In effect, the wealth transfer created makes the employers richer since they will have to pay less to secure employees; and (3) the strain on public services (education, health, police etc.) grows (in addition to more pollution, trash issues, etc.) which will cost all people more in the long run.

Mahony obviously has no compassion for the poor citizens of this country since he is advocating a system that will make their economic conditions worse. Couple this with his abhorent behavior in the pedophilia scandal and the only conclusion that can be reached is that his ego is running the show.

It's past the time for him to go.

The next time the knucklehead asks for money, you may want to consider giving it here instead.

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