Father Pat Bascio: A Rare (?) Immigration Enforcement Voice In The Catholic Clergy



Your humble correspondent has been accused of



being anti-Catholic

(for writing



blogs

and articles, like




America`s Vaticrats
,
that have criticized certain parties). Not so! I am only
anti those anti-American Catholics who want to destroy
this country by Mexifornicating it. That means
condemnation of the



amnesty
-supporting



Conference of Catholic Bishops
—but
not



ordinary churchgoers, who agree

with the

majority of their fellow Americans

that borders must be controlled and immigration laws
enforced.

But I must admit I had to blink twice a couple weeks
back when I heard a Catholic priest bravely buck the
establishment of his church to stand with the rule of
law and genuine morality. The title of his talk, to a
Washington D.C.-area patriotic immigration reform
conference, was
"Ethics and Morals of Illegal Immigration"
—something
you don`t see every day.




Father Pat Bascio

has been a parish priest on the frontlines where a lost
job can devastate a family. His personal experience, as
well as a broad understanding of the complex topic of
immigration, informs his recent book
On the Immorality of Illegal Immigration (which can be



ordered from AuthorHouse
).
You can see a



Google preview here
.

Father Bascio is retired now, after a career that
included postings in Tanzania, Grenada, Trinidad, and
New York`s Harlem. He has a PhD in Systematic Theology
from Fordham University and has written several books,

including: The UN
Was My Parish
;
Building A Just Society
,
The Failure of
White Theology: A Black Theological Perspective
;
Defeating Islamic
Terrorism: The Wahhabi Factor
; and even a couple of
novels. He writes:



“It is the function of the Christian church to make a
moral judgment about economic and social matters
whenever the fundamental rights of the person demand it.
However, after examining all the evidence and listening
to the voice of the American people, I believe that the
Christian church, both here and abroad has made a
serious misjudgment, supporting a policy that has a long
list of attendant evils.”



On the Immorality of Illegal Immigration

is an honest book that names both winners and losers,
and takes the wrongheaded evil-doers to task:



“The Christian leadership of this country, not really
comprehending the wide-ranging problems connected with
illegal immigration has blessed violating the
sovereignty of our nation, depressing the wages of
American workers, encouraging the growth of the most
violent gangs in America, driving up black unemployment
and draining the best and brightest of the Third World,
leaving it helpless. How could the church possibly
desire that this state of affairs continue?”


Father Pat is astute in both politics and psychology:



“Groups that favor illegal immigration often invoke the
Almighty and wrap themselves in the mantle of compassion
as their justification for turning a blind eye to the
terrible consequences to America of our porous borders.
If simply giving somebody something they want without
making them earn it is compassion, then laziness is next
to godliness. The American and Mexican bishops should
use their good intentions and powerful influence to
remind the Mexican government that it has a
responsibility for its citizens.”


Although Catholic theology does acknowledge the right of
nations to protect their sovereignty against foreigner
invasion, the church hierarchy in America promotes open
borders as passionately as the Communist Party. These
clerics` respect for the integrity of the American
nation-state is weak, to put it mildly. As I reported
Father Michael Seifert of Brownsville TX



asserting

back in 2006:
"Any family in economic need has a right to immigrate,
that`s our posture."
[
Church
organizing anti-Minuteman campaign,



By Sara Inés Calderón, The Brownsville Herald
September 5, 2005]


The Catholic Church was the de facto government of
Europe for a millennium, so there may be a vestigial
memory at work to create this disregard of law and
sovereignty. Or maybe it`s just the



spiritual arrogance
.


To cow the



patriotic Catholic laity,

the church has produced a re-education website,



Justice for Immigrants
,
which opens with a big lie:



“`The so-called “illegals” are so not because they wish
to defy the law; but, because the law does not provide
them with any channels to regularize their status in our
country — which needs their labor: they are not
breaking the law, the law is breaking them.`—Most
Reverend Thomas Wenski, Bishop of Orlando”


Bunk! The United States has the most generous system of
legal immigration on earth. But we cannot admit all of
the



five billion persons

who live in countries poorer than Mexico. Many will have
to



pursue a better life at home
.
And the Catholic Church, being a global organization, is
perfectly positioned to help them rise above poverty—why
is there no "stay
put"
ministry in the countries of origin? The
American hierarchy`s



ideology


seems to be from the



Gospel of Karl Marx
,
not scripture, where Jesus said to
"
render
unto Caesar that which is Caesar`s
".

What`s so refreshing about Father Pat is his direct aim
on the morality aspect of illegal immigration. He
doesn`t buy the fatuous argument of big churches that
the right of poor people to move wherever they want
supersedes anything else. His work raises the question:
what kind of twisted
"morality"
condones harming one group of poor people to benefit
another?


In the speech I heard, Father Pat described returning to



Harlem


years after he left a much-beloved parish there. He had
been invited back to perform a marriage ceremony. His
friends took him around the neighborhood to see the
changes. They made no comments, but after a while, Pat
noticed that many jobs in Harlem were being



done by Hispanics

and



not black people
.
"That`s when I got it", he said.

What he “got” was that mass illegal immigration is deeply harmful to real
people.


Nevertheless, the Catholic Church has been using its
considerable assets to push amnesty for illegals. When
Rep. Luis Gutierrez made his amnesty tour to whip up
support for amnesty, he reportedly traveled




"from church to church, city to city"
.
(See my VDARE.com first-person account from St.
Anthony`s Catholic Church in San Francisco




Speaker Pelosi Boards Gutierrez Amnesty Express
)


It appears that Catholic hierarchy sees continued
Hispanic immigration as vital to keeping their
institution alive and pews warm with obedient
parishioners. A recent Pew Forum investigation found
that



10 percent of Americans were ex-Catholics
.
The church would be shrinking if not for the many
foreign newcomers. But one estimate found that



40 percent of new immigrants are Catholic
.
Since 1960, Hispanics have accounted for



71 percent of new Catholics in the country
.
Another way of putting is that
"
71%
of the U.S. Catholic population growth has been due to
the growth in the number of Hispanics in the U.S.
population overall."


The Bishops were cheered by a



2006 report

showing the success (in terms of their congregations) of
a southern-focused open-borders policy that is rapidly
Hispanicizing the United States – a policy the American
people never chose.


The church is also one of the most insistent voices that
illegals get healthcare on the taxpayers` tab. Bishop
Jaime Soto of Sacramento stated the legislation
"has to include at a minimum some kind of safety net for the
undocumented"
[
Bishops
say health reform should include all immigrants, legal
or not
,
The Tidings,
October 12, 2009]


The Los Angeles Times noted the papal pronouncement underlining that
view:




Religious leaders seek healthcare for illegal immigrants
,
By Teresa Watanabe, September 20, 2009.



“The Roman Catholic Church, the nation`s largest
religious denomination, with 67 million members,
considers healthcare a basic human right, a position
articulated in a 1963 papal encyclical by Pope John
XXIII. As a result, the church believes that illegal
immigrants should be included in any health reform plan,
according to Kathy Saile, director of domestic social
development with the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops.



“`If healthcare is a basic right, you can`t start
cutting people out,` she said.”


The Church is another institution that is generous with
other people`s money. The September meeting of Hispanic
Bishops produced a



list of desired social benefits

including healthcare, well-paid jobs, subsidized
housing, the DREAM Act and amnesty for all. And there is
no enforcement that Catholic elites like. They want an
end to the




border "blockade"
,
a pathway to legal employment and
“family
reunification”
(in America, of course).


One who recently slathered the spiritual conceit on
thick was Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in his



October 8 testimony

for the Senate Immigration Subcommittee.



“I must say upfront that the U.S. bishops are very
concerned with the tone on Capitol Hill toward
immigrants, most recently in the health-care reform
debate. Such harsh rhetoric has been encouraged by talk
radio and cable TV, for sure, but also has been used by
public officials, including members of Congress.



“We are hopeful that the future national debate on
immigration will focus upon the many contributions that
immigrants, both documented and undocumented, make to
our country and not scapegoat newcomers for unrelated
economic or social challenges we face as a nation.
History informs us that our nation has been built, in
large measure, by the hard work of immigrant
communities. We must remember that, except for Native
Americans, we are all immigrants or descendants of
immigrants to this great land.”


The entire presentation was a



creampuff confection

presenting a fantasy of adorable immigrant families who
can do no wrong. In the McCarrick universe, no illegal
alien



drives drunk
,
joins a criminal



gang
,
deals



crack

or



displaces an American worker
.


Of course, many other religious groups have drunk the
amnesty Kool-Aid as well—including



evangelical Christians

whose



rank-and-file


do not support rewarding lawbreakers with the keys to
the kingdom. A new Zogby survey shows that even



56 percent of Mexicans polled

think that another U.S. amnesty would increase the
likelihood that people they know would go north
illegally.


At a time when 15 million Americans are unemployed, and
an estimated 8.3 million foreigners are working
illegally, why isn`t the moral choice



worksite enforcement

and an overall



moratorium

rather than amnesty for millions of lawbreakers? Every
well publicized DHS raid removing a bunch of illegals
has been followed by long lines of citizens the next day
to apply for those gigs. The current job market has



6.3 people competing for every available position
,
up from 1.7 job seekers in December 2007.


The bishops and their followers might take a hint from
the oath of the medical profession to



"abstain from doing harm"
.
What they are doing in America is demographic warfare
painted up as compassion, and it`s wrong any way you
look at it.

Father Bascio`s On the Immorality of Illegal Immigration does not much discuss
theology very much, nor report any significant tangles
with church higher-ups over immigration policy. (I was
intrigued!) What you get is a basic immigration book
with the many sub-issues as seen by a man concerned with
morality. The harm to black Americans gets a whole
chapter, because Father Bascio thinks they are getting a
particularly raw deal.


How sad that this fine man is—or perhaps I should say
seems to be—such a rarity among his fellow clergy.


Brenda Walker (
email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
two websites,



LimitsToGrowth.org

and



ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
.
She suspects that Jesus would have supported the
Minutemen, since he declared,
"I tell you the
truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the
gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a
robber."
(
John
10:1
)