Monday, March 06, 2006

Cardinal Mahony speaks and others react

Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported on comments made by Cardinal Roger Mahony regarding proposed legislation on immigrants:
In his most forceful comments to date, Mahony said he would instruct his priests to defy legislation — if approved by Congress — that would require churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance and penalize them if they refuse to do so. That provision was included in the immigration bill recently passed by the House of Representatives; a similar proposal is in the version that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to begin debating this week.

Steve Pehanich, the executive director of Catholic Charities of California, comments here.

The New York Times supports him here.

Bill O'Reilly disagrees here.