Catholic Bishops Lobby for Open Borders as If They Are Christian Doctrine

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops claims dogmatically that Christian citizens must support globalism.

Catholic bishops have the job of teaching Catholic doctrine. That will have political implication but one can tell the difference between traditional ethical teachings that have political consequences and contrived statements to approve of Leftist globalist causes like open borders and the theory of man-made climate change. It is simply ridiculous to claim that Christians must support any aspect of an unsustainable welfare state system, including unsustainable welfare-induced immigration policies.

The Federalist reports, “Catholic Bishops’ Support For Open Borders Hides Self-Serving Politics.”

In practice, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an open borders lobby, a fifth column in cope and chasuble. Its most recent instruction to the laity insinuates that open borders are a core tenet of a Christian worldview.

The group recently voted to rewrite their quadrennial advisory for Catholic voters: “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” The document traditionally appears the November prior to a presidential election year. Ostensibly, June’s comprehensive revision was done in anticipation of the 2020 election. But the timing — a year and a half ahead of schedule — suggests a move to influence the 2018 midterms.

The stated purpose of this early revision is to “apply the teaching of Pope Francis to our day.” On bedrock matters such as abortion, euthanasia, obligation to the poor and vulnerable, and the nature of marriage, Francis teaches nothing that requires a new edition. Only his zeal for open borders, plus the utility of climate change dogma for global income distribution, bears on our coming elections.

Francis has a blinkered grasp of the complex political, cultural, and moral underpinnings of wealth production and, correspondingly, of the means to alleviate poverty. He is a globalist for whom prosperity is a zero-sum game divorced from the aims, habits, and political milieu of national cultures. Hence, his scatter-shot strikes against “a system that causes enormous suffering to the human family … and our Common Home in order to sustain the invisible tyranny of money that only guarantees the privileges of a few.”

People of good will can debate what works and doesn’t work in reducing poverty here and in the developing world. But the bishops, echoing Francis, do not offer grounds for debate. Instead, they rely on dogmatic assertions, insinuating equivalence between moral theology and their own politics.

According to USCCB, a correct Catholic conscience assigns no guilt to unproductive and failed states. It spares poor nations any agency in their own condition. When Andrés López Obrador, front-runner in Mexico’s upcoming presidential election, called for mass-migration to the United States as “a human right,” he raised no eyebrows among the USCCB.

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About the author

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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