This is not one of those “Conservative and Catholic” blogs that comes down on the side of Church teaching only for certain favorite issues like abortion, marriage, or contraception. The Quartermaster cannot stand the labels “Conservative” or “Liberal”, because — inter alia — they are never correctly applied, are almost impossible to correctly apply, and are therefore meaningless at describing anything other than pre-conceived ideology.
Perhaps it wasn’t always so and may yet be different in the future, but I am convinced that the present American political parties are tools of the Ruling Class. We can — and sometimes must — belong to a political party, but it’s a matter of prudential judgment regarding which one we choose, and making the correct judgment is not easy.
So I fully agree with the Church when it teaches about immigration that the right to seek security and a means of livelihood is a NATURAL RIGHT. (CCC 2241). While the immigrant owes a duty to respect and obey the laws of the country in which he resides, Christians fall short of their moral duty by citing our broken system of immigration law as the basis for withholding our assistance to the “least of these.”
The Church “does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.” (CCC 2267, emphasis mine). If non-lethal means are sufficient, authority should (“will”) limit itself to such means. (Id.).
Huzzah to the Virginia Bishops Conference for supporting proposed legislation that takes a stand against capital punishment, and the “especially barbaric” electric chair.