Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Catholic Leader Speaks Against Proposed Immigration Law

"Denying aid to a fellow human being violates a law with a higher authority than Congress — the law of God."

--Roger Mahony, cardinal archbishop of Los Angeles, in an editorial in today's The New York Times, explaining his opposition to the bill H.R. 4437. The bill has passed in the House and is being considered by the Senate. If it becomes law, churches and church members could be prosecuted for assisting undocumented immigrants in any way--including providing meals or clothing to these, or babysitting an undocumented child. Convictions could include jail time of up to five years. If the bill passes, Mahony says he will instruct priests to disobey the law.

Be a Good Samaritan, Go Directly to Jail

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