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Catholic Social Doctrine on migrants and refugees – 4

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Pope Francis on migrants and refugees. The current Vicar of Christ, Pope Francis, in an hermeneutic of continuity with his predecessors, while maintaining an eye on migration as the sign of our times, has been no less forthright about the need for Christians and Catholics to open their hearts to the brethren – baptized or non-baptized – who are migrants or refugees. Specifically, he (2013b) said,

“It is essential to draw near to new forms of poverty and vulnerability, in which we are called to recognize the suffering Christ, even if this appears to bring us no tangible and immediate benefits . . . the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned, and many others. Migrants present a particular challenge . . . I exhort all countries to a generous openness which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove…

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Catholic Social Doctrine on migrants and refugees – 3

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Pope Benedict XVI on voluntary and forced migration. Speaking at length about the difficult situations faced by migrants and refugees, Pope Benedict XVI (2007) elaborated that

“Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph was forced to leave for Egypt by night, taking the child and his mother with him, in order to flee the persecution of king Herod (cf. Mt 2:13-15). Making a comment on this page of the Gospel, my venerable Predecessor, the Servant of God Pope Pius XII, wrote in 1952: ‘The family of Nazareth in exile, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, emigrants and taking refuge in Egypt to escape the fury of an evil king, are the model, the example and the support of all emigrants and pilgrims of every age and every country, of all refugees of any condition who, compelled by persecution and need, are forced to abandon their homeland, their beloved relatives, their neighbors, their…

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Catholic Social Doctrine on migrants and refugees – 2

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Migrants and Refugees in the Social Doctrine of the Church

An irregular legal status cannot allow the migrant to lose his dignity, since he is endowed with inalienable rights, which can neither be violated nor ignored. Saint John Paul II.[1]

As part of the aforementioned set of fundamental human rights willed by the divine fiat, the Church has long recognized as part of her social doctrine that the human person has the right to migrate, to sustain his or her own life and that of the family (US Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], 2017).

Pope Pius XII on migration. For example, Pope Pius XII (1952) spoke with great clarity on this inherent right of the human person as a right that is “founded in the very nature of land.” He stated in an earlier letter to the American bishops that:

“You know indeed how preoccupied we have been and…

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Catholic Social Doctrine on migrants and refugees – 1

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Human Persons in Christianity and Catholic Social Doctrine

The new law of love embraces the entire human family and knows no limits, since the proclamation of the salvation wrought by Christ extends to the ends of the earth. Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.[1]

The human person was proclaimed by God the Creator in Sacred Scripture as having been “made in our image, after our likeness” (Gn 1:26; cf 5:1-3; 9:6), so that s/he could live in communion with God the Holy Trinity and one another, while progressing on the path of deification (Saint Irenaeus, Adv. Haer.) and becoming a partaker of the divine nature (2 Pet 1:4; Pope Paul VI, 1965a; Saint Athanasius, De Inc.; Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theol.). The human person is considered to be “the only creature on earth which God willed for itself” (Pope Paul VI, 1965a) and who was given…

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Book excerpt: On Hernnstein and Murray’s The Bell Curve

Excerpt from my book Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America's 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine (In press): Modified applied eugenics: The Bell Curve. The above views about the intersection of education and opportunity became very overt when Hernnstein and Murray (1994) called for the nationwide establishment of a cognitive elite through …

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A couple of quotes

As I write, here are a couple of quotes from the first chapters of my newest book Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America's 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine.

UPDATED Scicluna, Peters, CDF respond – 8 – Fall of Christianity in the Maltese archipelago

UPDATED: Just out is the interview given by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith on the issue of the Maltese Directive (and those of other bishops). Mueller has stated without equivocation that Communion for the remarried is AGAINST God's law and that the tenets of Familiaris Consortio written by …

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In the name of God – A perversion of Christianity in America

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statue-of-liberty-looks-amazing-at-nightMany Christians – Catholics included – in the United States of America speak proudly about living in the unparalleled land of the free, given to them by God to be a shining city on a hill for other peoples, other nations. And so they should as everyone should be proud of their country; their heritage. Yet in the same sentence, if not the same breath, and with their actions and behaviors, they have no compunction about targeting with a rugged ideology of exclusionism, across every dimension, in systemic ways, the most weak and vulnerable of persons, including aliens fleeing from war-torn regions and seeking refuge at their shores.

In the land of the free and the home of the brave – a land originally intended by God to be a refuge for “the tired and the poor,” the “huddled masses . . . wretched refuse . . . [and] the homeless” of other…

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On sacred relics in Christianity

SACRED RELICS OF THE CHURCH

Many consider sacred relics to be a thing of the past. Others regard them as objects of fear and superstition, remnants of the ‘magical thinking’ that seemed to characterize the faith of the simple folk in older times. Yet others consider them objects of mockery and accusation, no better than the ‘indulgences’ that were sold with such prevalence at the time of Martin Luther. Even more others make money off them by buying them at estate sales, flea markets, and at times church closure sales, then flipping them on Ebay.

Sacred relics are none of the above. Being direct remains of the physical body of the saints and others in Catholic and Orthodox Christianity (first class), or parts of the clothing worn and/or objects used in daily life by the saints while still alive (second class), relics are direct bearers of the Divine Light because their original owners, both raised publicly to the altars and…

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Spiritual reality of what the bishops of Malta and Gozo are doing – 7 – Fall of Christianity in the Maltese archipelago

The following two articles below - one, a scholarly analysis; the other, a report - bring to light with great clarity what the archbishop of Malta, Charles Jude Scicluna, and the bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, are doing, more than anything else that can be either said or written. Here are the articles, therefore, for …

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