Yes, he really said that. Not quite those words, but . . . well, HERE is what he said:
Deportations are breaking up families, leaving wives without husbands, children without parents. That is not a situation that Catholics should want. The family is central not only to our faith, but to our society. That is why I want to again propose an idea that I presented in my address to the Missouri Catholic Conference last October, and which I believe could offer an alternative that would serve both charity and justice.
We have to insist that those who come to our country respect our laws. If they are here illegally, they can’t expect to escape punishment. But I would suggest that some kind of community service would be a far more constructive solution than deportation. This would build communities rather than tear them apart. And it would serve to better integrate the immigrants into the social and moral fabric of America.
I heard this story on WOAI radio Monday morning, and went to their website to track down the story. Strangely, the link disappeared almost immediately. Somebody from the archdiocese call?
Think about this for a minute. These immigrants, these illegals, come here to work and earn money for their families. Right?
And the Archbishop’s suggestion is that we . . . force the illegals into working for us without pay? Is that right?
Isn’t that the definition of slavery?
You see why I sat up in bed so fast I almost hit my head on the headboard now?
You keep working on that plan, Archbishop. Let me know when you get to the Spanish Inquisition part.