“Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members – the last, the least, the littlest.”
— Roger Mahony
“We should embrace our immigrant roots and recognize that newcomers to our land are not part of the problem, they are part of the solution.”
“It is unacceptable that immigrants, including children, are shackled and detained in deplorable conditions. And it is unacceptable that already this year immigrants have died by the dozens in the California desert or in other parts of the Southwest.”
“With respect to Holy Communion, it is up to the communicant to decide whether they are in a state of grace and worthy to receive the Eucharist. Each one of us makes that decision.”
“It’s hard to determine where lies culpability.”
“Immigration should be enforced in a proportional and humane manner.”
“A lot of victims, for example, have become addicted to alcohol and drugs. It seems to me that the church’s healing ministry is going to be enhanced through this in much broader strokes. That’s good, it’s all positive.”
“The nature of our two main political parties has changed in the United States.”
“The war on terrorism has made national security a legitimate concern, and a rising deficit, changes brought on by globalization and even the price of oil have thrown the nation’s economic health into question.”
“I personally believe, as church law sets out, that sanctions are an absolute last resort, particularly penal sanctions of depriving people of the sacraments.”
“I found out that many of our Catholics simply don’t know what the church teaches, and why, on a lot of issues, and therefore are saying things that they think are okay. They simply don’t know.”
“By and large the United States has been able to resist the temptation to close its doors to the world.”
“We’re seeing a much larger ministry here for the general community. Not just Catholics, but others are calling us too. They’re not looking for lawyers or suing their grandfathers, but counseling and healing.”
“I’m very close to the pro-life movement.”
“Canon law itself says for one case of guilt, a priest can be dismissed from the clerical state. One.”
“Most analysts would agree that if all the undocumented immigrants in California were deported in one day, our state would experience a severe economic downturn. This does not even consider the many cultural and spiritual gifts these immigrants bring to our state and nation.”
“It appears fashionable these days, and almost politically correct, to blame hard-working immigrants, especially those from Mexico and Central America, for the social and economic ills of our state and nation.”
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