Religious Racketeers: People Who Love Them


By: Frosty Wooldridge

By Frosty Wooldridge and Jan Herron

The Catholic Church promotes, aids and abets illegal aliens in America!

Jill Sergeant Los Angeles (Reuters) 6/14/06 wrote – “U.S. Catholic bishops urged the U.S. Congress to resolve differences on immigration reform and seize a ‘historic moment’ to give all of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.”

Meeting in Los Angeles for their bi-annual conference, the bishops said an enforcement-only approach to immigration failed and that stronger border fences and a piecemeal approach would do nothing to deter those seeking to find work in the United States.

“Over the past 12 years, our government has spent $25 billion on enforcement of our border. During the same period, the number of undocumented in the nation has nearly doubled,” said Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino, who heads the U.S. Catholic Bishops committee on immigration. “We urge congressional leaders and the President to seize this historic moment and enact a just and humane immigration measure.”

“Either fix it, or five years from now there will be 20 million illegal immigrants here,” said Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, whose vow to disobey any laws that would criminalize illegal immigrants and those who help them has made him a leading voice in the national debate.

What Mahony doesn’t tell the press makes for interesting reading. The Catholic Church does not allow birth control. Therefore, Mexico will grow from its current 104 million people to well over 300 million in this century. If Mexicans can’t find a better life in their home country in 2007—30, 40 to 50 million will stream over U.S. borders in the coming years. Americans suffer displacement from their own country.

Lawmakers struggle to reconcile a bill in the House of Representatives that focuses strictly on border enforcement with a Senate bill that would also create a temporary work program denounced by many conservatives as equivalent to an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The bishops said all illegal alien workers currently in the United States should be given a “viable and workable earned path to citizenship.”

“Why are we involved?” Mahony asked. “Fundamentally it is because it is our Gospel mandate…to welcome the stranger.”

Mahony supports the Kyl/Kennedy Amnesty Bill (SB1348)! As citizens mounting nationwide campaigns to end all public assistance to illegal aliens, we could easily overlook an important source of “safety-net assistance” to illegal aliens: government funding to “non-profit” groups who knowingly and intentionally provide assistance to illegal aliens. Federal law (USC Title 8, Chapter 12, subchapter II, Section 1324) has a name for this:

“aiding and abetting illegal immigration.” It’s a crime punishable by a fine

and/or jail time. Several “faith-based” groups are involved (Lutheran Social Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, American Friends Service Committee), but Catholic Charities prove the largest in the USA.

Most people believe Catholic Charities is funded entirely by voluntary donations, but they couldn’t be more wrong. In 2002, over 60 percent of CCUSA funding came from government grants and contracts, another term for “taxpayers’ money!”

Only by public disclosure of these groups and their activities can citizens demand that Congress cease funds to such groups. Since President Bush often meets with “faith-based” representatives in the effort to increase “immigration/refugee” numbers, contacting the President proves futile.

Various Catholic Charities officials have openly admitted “aiding and abetting,” and the organization’s website openly promotes its open borders agenda: Welcome Refugees, Asylees, and Immigrants.

“All immigrants are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. To this end, CCUSA promotes legislative reforms to restore federal benefits to legal immigrants, increase admissions of refugees and asylees, create better opportunities for illegal aliens to earn legalization, allow aliens to reunite with their families more easily, and improve protections for immigrants under federal laws, including labor laws.”

Those agencies who openly aid and abet illegal immigration and in other ways “bite the hand that feeds them” is not only an insult to every American taxpayer, but an indictment to every government official charged with administering public money. Giving taxpayers’ money to groups who openly defy our laws is an outrage!

Oregonian Barbara Anderson published a website report to Catholic Citizens of Illinois how two “Catholic Charities” groups use taxpayers’ money to undermine and violate our laws.

“Time was when the poor widow in the pew gave her mite, assured that she was helping someone even more vulnerable than she was. That is no longer true, as the money being given may or may not end up feeding the poor. Two of the “Catholic” charities sanctioned by the bishops have become circuitous routes leading to unexpected ends.”

Stephanie Blank “exposed the labyrinth of entities used to divert money to causes most Catholics would not support. CCHD is not a Catholic charity, strictly speaking, as its literature casually points out. From money given by Catholics, grants are made mainly to groups who agitate, politically and otherwise, for causes many Catholics know nothing about, and would not give their money to–if they knew.

Catholic Charities USA indicates on its website the amount of lobbying being done to influence lawmakers to effect its “social justice” programs. CCUSA also mentions that it helps all people, regardless of race, religion, etc. It, too,

advocates aggressively for illegal immigration. Most of its advocacy could have been lifted from the Democrat platform. Since most colleges have tight enrollment capacity, this would mean that some citizens would be passed over in favor of children of illegal aliens via the Dream Act.

Apparently, the bishops have determined that this country doesn’t have enough poor people, so we must import poverty. Ironically, the line only increases from Mexico.

From birth, free for any illegal that goes into a hospital in America, through Head Start and higher education, through all the welfare systems, CCUSA is there to lobby our lawmakers.

The Catholic Church takes credit with inventing the “City of Sanctuary” program for illegal aliens. The Catholic Church aided and abetted illegal aliens since the late 1960s. They employ well-paid lobbyists to knock on congressional doors to secure taxpayers’ funds for the “branch” of the church known as “Catholic Charities.” These “Catholic Charities” organizations receive billions of taxpayer dollars annually, with absolutely no oversight. They are rolling in the dough to support a haven for illegal aliens and you pay for it.

“Taking America Back” means shining the light on such “religious” racketeers as Cardinal Mahony and his “Catholic cronies” who steal from American taxpayers to support lawbreaking illegal aliens.

Source: Barbara Anderson, “Bishops at the Trough,” CatholicCitizens.org, March 8, 2005.

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