Post 9/11, A Catholic Reader Wonders About His Bishops

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Roger Lucheta

In the wake of
the September 11 attacks, much attention has been given
to the Islamic clerics who have purportedly declared
“holy war” on America. But there is another group of
clerics, right here in the United States, whose hands
are red with the blood of the innocents of the World
Trade Center. That group of clerics is the

of the Catholic Church in America. 

As a Catholic
born and practicing—as a patriotic American and military
veteran whose mother and father were Catholic immigrants
—as one who grew up Catholic in the South of 60 years
ago—I view with disgust the way in which these bishops
have hidden behind their clerical robes while making
every effort to destroy the physical and cultural
integrity of the United States and support the invasion
of America by illegal immigration. The elimination of
lawful immigration control, spearheaded and

by these Catholic bishops, provided the
environment within which the terrorists were able to

in the USA and to wreak their havoc. One of
the central tenets of Catholicism is responsibility
before God and man for one`s

conscious acts;
the bishops must be held accountable
for their treason and lawlessness. It is a

to aid and abet illegal immigration; it is a
crime to aid and abet terrorism; and the First Amendment
protections of freedom of religion must not be used as a
shield behind which this most blatant treason is

My generation of
Catholics was challenged to prove that we were loyal to
America; we suffered the humiliation of seeing John F.
Kennedy have to

the faith of our fathers to the hate-filled
Baptist clergy of Texas; we gloried in

Father Sampson`s
service as the “paratrooper padre”
of the 101st Airborne and in Father Watters`

Medal of Honor
; and we felt that we had proven our
loyalty and patriotism in peace and in war.

The bishops have
undone this; in their unbridled lust for political power
and financial contributions from business they have
taken our Mother, the Church, and turned her into
“Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots”— prostituting her
and their priestly vows so that Republican businessmen
might have cheap immigrant labor and the Democratic
party have votes. The time is long past that we who are
loyal Catholics and loyal Americans demand that our
Church stop promoting the

illegal invasion
of America, within which terrorists
can hide. The bishops must stop their support for “hiring
” where illegal immigrants, continued residency
in the USA is facilitated, and their push for
“regularisation” of these criminals. And the enforcement
of the laws must not be withheld from those, regardless
of clerical status, who treasonably abet this illegal
invasion of America and the lawlessness it entails.

October 06, 2001