What happens if you question the Pope? Well, if you’re a cardinal, you could have your red hat taken away. So says Monsignor Vito Pinto, a defender of Pope Francis.

Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner asked the Holy Father some questions of Laeitita Amoris. Pope Francis did not answer and prelates made the letter public through the media.

“What Church do these cardinals defend? The Pope is faithful to the doctrine of Christ. What they have done is a very serious scandal that could even lead to the Holy Father to withdraw the cardinal’s hat as has happened at some other time of the Church “, said Pio Vito this Confidential.

The dean of the Roman Rota clarifies: “Which is not to say that the Pope withdraw their status as cardinals, but could do.”

That caused my eyebrow to raise, to say the least. We are certainly living in an extraordinary time. Not only is the Holy Father suggesting the overthrow of Catholic doctrine but his defenders are suggesting that those who question him be stripped of their authority to question. What am I supposed to say to protestant critics who claim that the Pope cannot be questioned if he teaches a contradiction to the Gospel?

Pray mightily for the Church.

Hat-tip, Vox Cantoris

 

Archbishop José Gómez is the incoming Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is believed that he was elected, in part, because he is an immigrant himself and is the Archbishop of Los Angeles which has a high immigrant population. These things tend to give him credibility in discussing the immigration issue which is a top priority of the U.S. bishops. He has his work cut out for him given that a majority of Catholics voted for Donald Trump, who has pledged to deport 2-3 million criminal illegal immigrants. I would like to side with the bishops over the politician, but I just can’t because the arguments make no sense to me. One in particular is completely nonsensical. That is the “separation of families” argument.

This is how it appears below on Archbishop Gomez’ website.

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Most of the 11m undocumented people in the US have been been living here for five years or more—two thirds have been here for more than a decade. Almost half are living in homes with a spouse and children. And right now we are deporting a lot of people—more than 2m in recent years alone. Most are not violent criminals. In fact, up to one quarter are mothers and fathers that our government is seizing from ordinary households…Politicians and media figures speak of “staunching the flow of illegal immigrants”. The reality is that in the name of enforcing our laws, we are deporting some little girl’s dad, some little boy’s mom.

This is supposed to tug at our heartstrings but the reality is that every time someone gets a prison sentence in America, we are separating them from their family. Often, we are separating them from their children. This does not mean that we should never imprison anybody. By the same token, those who break our immigration laws should be deported or imprisoned.

The bishops are supposed to defend the rule of law. Unfortunately, they are taking great pains to ignore the rule of law and even encouraging us to ignore the rule of law, too. This disregard for the rule of law is why we have protests in the streets both with the “Black Lives Matter” movement and with the anti-Trump protests. It is why young people are not respectful of law enforcement, clergy, teachers, elected officials, their elders, etc. A lot of what is wrong in America today is due to a disregard for the rule of law.

I hope the bishops will come up with some other arguments besides those that make us ignore the rule of law. The arguments they are using make no sense. In the meantime, it does make sense to have consequences for breaking the law, including immigration law. Trump makes sense. The bishops don’t. So Catholics like myself voted for Trump.



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Reportedly, many sanctuary cities’ mayors are saying they’re going to defy Trump on this but it is in his Contract with the American Voter:

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FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

I really do not see him reneging on that one.

We can also expect to see him deporting all illegal immigrants who are arrested, according to a Transition Team member.

It will probably take an act of Congress to stop the money that is flowing to the U.S. Bishops for programs caring for immigrants, but maybe that funding will stay intact for the time being as Trump focuses on the criminals first.