Said the Pope yesterday:
‘Thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones in search of greater opportunities’ in in North America, he said. ‘Is this not what we want for our own children?’
‘We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.’
‘Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated,’ he implored Congress. ‘Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.’
‘In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.’
This was taken by the media to be a swipe at the GOP, which is often described as anti-immigration. That’s nonsense, loud-mouth Trump notwithstanding.
The GOP is pro legal immigration.
The Pope should value the distinction. After all, doesn’t the Church issue rules to live by? So why should the rule of law be ignored?
The poverty and desperation for many heading north is fruit of the economic policies the Pope often prescribes as humane.