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Last week, Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson made headlines at the USCCB meeting for suggesting that “canonical penalties” may be appropriate for those who facilitate separating children from their parents at the border. Now, he puts that proposal in context, and addresses some of the moral issues and statements surrounding this present crisis.
From an op-ed piece in the Arizona Daily Star:
Nation - Bishops - Issue - Statements - Faith
As the nation’s bishops continue to confront the issue I believe it is critical that we answer certain statements which we find inconsistent with our faith. For instance, it is frequently asserted that the immigrant parents broke the law and therefore any punishment meted out is appropriate. This is entirely flawed on many levels.
First, the notion that we can impose penalties of any degree or intensity shatters the principal of proportionality between a crime and its punishment.
Everything - Teaching - Think - Legality - Abortion
Second, to presume that everything legal is automatically moral is inconsistent with Catholic teaching (think of the current legality of abortion, the former legality of slavery or the use of torture on prisoners which some assert is legal).
Third, the notion...
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