Joseph Cotto, 7/22/2014 [Archive]

Catholic Charities Taking Money from Obama to Help Illegal Aliens

By Joseph Cotto

During the 2012 presidential election, Republicans thought they found a sure path to victory. While it was obvious that long-coveted Hispanics weren't going to budge, a different group (which an overwhelming majority of Hispanics belong) showed promise.

Gallup found that America's Roman Catholic vote has gone Democratic, either in majority or plurality, all but three times since 1952. While it is common knowledge that the Roman Catholic Church has been losing American-born members for quite awhile, immigrants function as replacements and then some. Many of these people are illegal, and virtually all come from the third world — principally Latin America.

Long before this sea change, most U.S. Catholics opposed the GOP due to its support of free enterprise and immigration restrictionism. After the 1960s, though, the Democrats began to trend progressive on social policy, which created a dilemma for its base of culturally conservative ethnic Whites. Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan effectively campaigned to them as champions of "law and order" or "family values".

This appeal was short-lived, however. The Catholic vote hasn't gone Republican since 1984.

Roughly two years ago, it looked like the ship could finally be turned. After Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court, Catholic clergymen and lay activists claimed their rights were being infringed upon. That resulted from a federal mandate which calls for private institutions, even if run by an organized religion, to offer employees contraceptive-inclusive health insurance.

Although our nation is becoming more leftish on social issues, this is not mirrored by many Catholics. GOP operatives thought they finally had their chance and encouraged candidates to double down on anti-reproductive rights rhetoric. The final analysis was a disaster for Republicans: Not only did Barack Obama win the Catholic vote, but untold scores of women were alienated.

Some have claimed that the GOP can earn Catholic support next time by lurching even further to the right. They see America's Catholic leadership and Republican standard-bearers as potential allies against a godless government which has grown too big.

They must not see what's going on in Texas.

We all know about the illegal alien minors storming our border with Mexico. We should all realize that providing amnesty to them will just encourage further unlawful immigration and wreck our weak economy.

What most don't know about is the Feds bankrolling Catholic Charities, specifically for the purpose of aiding these illegals.

A recent study by the University of Texas at El Paso revealed that the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston received $15,549,078 in grants from 2010 to 2013. This money was for assisting supposed refugees under the "Unaccompanied Alien Children Project". During 2013 alone, the Diocese of Fort Worth was paid $350,000 in the name of "citizenship and immigration services". From 2010 to 2013, Catholic Charities of Dallas scored $823,658 to provide "refugee and entrant assistance".

The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops reported that, in 2011, roughly 92.5 percent of its Migration and Refugee Services — costing $72.1 million — was funded by the federal government.

The fact of the matter is that most American Catholics vote on economics, not theology. Their religious leaders, while publicly decrying the Obama Administration, gladly accept its support off-camera. Social crusaders among the GOP ranks must see that the Roman Catholic Church out for business first and foremost. Hot-button "values" issues are for little people, not players at the top.

In the wake of our border dilemma, Pope Francis proclaimed that America should accept all illegal entrants, decrying bigoted motivations in his opponents. He was not voicing a strictly personal sentiment. The Roman Catholic Church is perhaps the most influential proponent of immigration amnesty.

Seeing as its native-born adherents are leaving, and new arrivals fill the pews, there is no question why. Business is business, after all.

So, how can Republicans appeal to the morphing Catholic vote without forsaking its most ardent supporters? Answer: It can't, and shouldn't even try. Not opposing contraceptive access is a good idea, though.

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Copyright 2014 Joseph Cotto, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Joseph Cotto is a historical and social journalist, and writes about politics, economics and social issues. Email him at joseph.f.cotto@gmail.com.

This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.

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