Liberalism is infecting the Catholic Church leadership at an alarming rate which further proves the goal of the Democratic party of inciting a “Catholic Spring.” At a recent conference, Bishop Robert McElroy of the San Diego Diocese, stated, “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. He was the disrupter, he said. Well now, we must all become disrupters. We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those who portray refugees as enemies rather than our brothers and sisters in terrible need. We must disrupt those who train us to see Muslim men and women and children as sources of fear rather than as children of God. We must disrupt those who seek to rob our medical care, especially from the poor. We must disrupt those who would take even food stamps and nutrition assistance from the mouths of children.”
Bishop McElroy’s statements reflect liberalism at its core; inciting unnecessary and unwarranted fear, labeling conservatives (including faithful Catholics) as uncaring racists, calling for disruption of the current administration, encouraging lawlessness and ignoring national security. His statement is not only inflammatory but also further attempts to delegitimize the Presidency and voice of the people.
As Christians, we are called to care for those less fortunate, but not at the expense of the hardworking American taxpayers who are supporting a system of handouts rather than hand-ups. Welfare and food stamps are temporary aides to citizens in need, not a way of life – which it has become. The incentive to find work, even when jobs are available has diminished. The welfare and food stamp programs were not designed to support millions of illegal immigrants that work under the table and fraudulently receive assistance at the same time.
As Christians, we are called to help the oppressed, but not at the expense of National Security and the security of our families. Contrary to liberalist arguments, President Trump is doing what he swore to do…. protect the citizens of the United States. It has nothing to do with “Muslim Hating,” but rather the country from which refugees are coming - the countries identified by this and the prior administration of having terrorist ties - the countries that tout hatred of Americans and our way of life.
Contrary to what Bishop McElroy claims (as do other liberals), President Trump is not out to destroy families. He has publicly stated his concern, consideration, and compassion for the children, but of course, those comments were not reported by the liberal media. He is rounding up illegal immigrants and deporting those who have criminal records and considered a threat. He is not taking food away from the mouths of the hungry. Instead, he is creating jobs so people can feed their families rather than rely on public assistance, and at the same time identifying the fraud and abuse that is rampant. He is not taking away medical care, but revamping the travesty called Obamacare that failed in all its promises. It’s not affordable, many lost their trusted physicians, and those who can’t afford the increasingly rising premiums are penalized by the IRS for not buying it.
What Bishop McElroy should be disrupting is the lack of common sense within the Democratic party as it pertains to immigration. We are a nation of immigrants that came here to for a better, secure life – willing to work and defend our Country and its flag – not take advantage of overwhelmed social programs, disrespect our laws and refuse to learn our language and assimilate. He should be disrupting the public acceptance of moral decline. If he is concerned about families being torn apart, he should be disrupting babies being torn from the womb, piece by piece. Abortion is the greatest disrupter of families. He should be disrupting those who are suing and forcing Catholics and other Christians to abandon their beliefs by accepting and performing actions or services contrary to their faith. He should be disrupting substandard care for United States Veterans, the unlivable salaries of the military, and lack of concern for the elderly barely able to survive on Social Security.
As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2238 Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God, who has made them stewards of his gifts: "Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution. . . . Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God. Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community.
2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one's country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one's country:
2245 The Church, because of her commission and competence, is not to be confused in any way with the political community. She is both the sign and the safeguard of the transcendent character of the human person. "The Church respects and encourages the political freedom and responsibility of the citizen."
2246 It is a part of the Church's mission "to pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it. The means, the only means, she may use are those which are in accord with the Gospel and the welfare of all men according to the diversity of times and circumstances."
2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.
To Bishop McElroy and other left-leaning church leaders: Your words are alienating the faithful ... Those who love God and country – those who want to keep our families and country safe - those who want to mend the tattered moral fabric of our nation - those who fight for the rights of the unborn, disabled and elderly - those who want America to be strong and prosperous.
Don’t be the pawns in the call for a “Catholic Spring” or demise of Christianity as a whole.