Steve Bannon versus Archbishop Blase Cupich on Illegal Immigration

Archbishop Blase Cupich says it is laughable to claim the American Roman Catholic Church has a financial interest in mass immigration.

Is Archbishop Blasé Cupich correct to call it ridiculous to claim that the Roman Catholic Church in America has an institutional and financial interest in promoting immigration into the United States? Steve Bannon had made that claim and, contrary to the Archbishop, it doesn’t seem “laughable.”

The conflict of interest goes far beyond the fact that these immigrants come from Roman Catholic countries at a time when the American Roman Catholic Church faces demographic decline. There is also a lot of Federal money at stake.

Breitbart reports, “Archbishop Cupich Hits Steve Bannon: ‘Laughable’ to Believe Church Has Economic Interest in Mass Immigration.

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As for the Catholic Church’s economic interest in unlimited legal immigration, one need look no further than the hundreds of millions of dollars paid each year by the federal government to Catholic Charities, one of the nine leading voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) who resettle the tens of thousands of refugees who arrive in the country each year under the Refugee Admissions Program.

“In FY 2015, the State Department, through the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, spent more than $1 billion on these programs, which settled international refugees ‘vetted’ by the United Nations High Commission on International Refugees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” Breitbart News reported:

“Much of this $1 billion in annual revenue goes to voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), several of which are Christian non-profits, such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, World Relief Corporation, Church World Service, and Domestic and Foreign Missionary Service of the Episcopal Church of the USA. (also referred to as Episcopal Migration Ministries), who are contracted on behalf of the government to help these refugees get settled in their new homes in America.”

Read the entire Breitbart story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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