Kansas City Dreams

I see my former bishop catching hell from Catholic Republicans for supporting the DREAM act. From a letter to the most pro-abortion senator from Missouri of all time:

There are times when a proposal should be enacted because, simply put, it is the right thing to do. This legislation is one of those times. On behalf of the Catholic community of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, I urge you to vote in favor of the DREAM Act.

This is not a novel position for him, just so y’all know. I’ve heard him speak favorably of the seamless garment at least once, so let that spin a few GOP heads 360 or so. Don’t know why it would be a surprise to his former allies in conservativedom. Do you not know the man’s track record? Or are you just tuning in on one channel?

Good work, Bishop Finn. Deo gratias.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Kansas City Dreams

  1. David D. says:

    As Bishop Finn correctly notes, support for the DREAM Act, apart from any other proposed legislation to which it has been variously attached, has always been [fairly] bipartisan.

    If as Bishop Finn claims this is a matter of justice, why should citizenship for those here illegally through no fault of their own be conditioned on obtaining a college degree or entering military service? Are we really going to deport those program applicants who have not gone to State U. or fought in some misguided foreign intervention within the requisite six years?

  2. Harry says:

    David, don’t confuse the DREAM Act with the comprehensive reform of a broken system that still needs to occur. It is one, stand-alone step, and an important one.

    And on another note, it is interesting to see how the “prudential judgment” argument on the abortion issue is being used against the good bishop.

    Many conservative bishops have argued, and I paraphrase clumsily, that abortion is such a grave, “intrinsic evil” that Catholic voters are compelled to hone in on that like a laser beam, while all other facets in the rich history of Catholic social teaching become merely matters of “prudential judgment” in which Catholics are free to disagree.

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