Monday, April 10, 2006

More proof that there is a God

Today's Washington Post reports here:
The once-mighty Christian Coalition, founded 17 years ago by the Rev. Pat Robertson as the political fundraising and lobbying engine of the Christian right, is more than $2 million in debt, beset by creditors' lawsuits and struggling to hold on to some of its state chapters.

Now, we believe in ecumenism as much as the next folks, but isn't there a way, with all the Christian charity in our hearts, to tell people like the Rev. Robertson that sometimes they are ignorant loudmouths who should shut up?

On the subject of religion and politics (this is Albany Catholic, after all) we turn to Garry Wills, the author, most recently, of What Jesus Meant, who wrote here:
The institutional Jesus of the Republicans has no similarity to the Gospel figure. Neither will any institutional Jesus of the Democrats.

Having said that, we turn to the subject of immigration:
Late last week the Senate was unable to advance a migration reform compromise developed by Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Mel Martinez (R-FL). On Thursday Senate leadership from both parties jointly announced the compromise legislation as a breakthrough that the majority of Senators would be able to support. However, by Thursday evening it became apparent that the announcement was premature.

Catholic Relief Services reports why we should get involved here:
Our Catholic faith calls on us to uphold the dignity of the poor and vulnerable among us, whether they live in the United States or overseas. In response to this call, CRS serves displaced people, refugees, migrants and victims of human trafficking worldwide, daily confronting the suffering and exploitation of migrants and families separated across borders often for years. At the same time, CRS works with the Catholic Church throughout the world to create economic opportunities so that people are not forced to migrate.