Cardinal Mahony:”To deny our immigrant brothers and sisters basic health care coverage is immoral”

Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, throwing another wrinkle in to the health care debate, believes that illegal immigrants are entitled to health care as the bill moves through Congress.

Unlike most on the conservative populist side of the isle, Mahony maintains that illegal immigrants are not a burden and the only people who think so are talk show rabble. Of course he wants comprehensive immigration reform as well.

In many conversations with people around the country, I have found that the dreadful anti-immigrant rhetoric that dominates talk shows does not represent the views of a majority of Americans, who do not reject immigrants out of hand as a burden. Instead, they want to find a way for these people to emerge from the shadows and to begin down a path to legal status.

To deny our immigrant brothers and sisters basic health care coverage is immoral. To allow people’s basic health needs to be trumped by divisive politics violates American standards of decency and compassion. We should pass health care reform that provides access to all, in the interests of the common good. We must also enact comprehensive immigration reform that better balances our country’s need for a stable work force with the orderly flow of immigrants to help bring greater prosperity to all Americans.

Otherwise, in our country there will remain a permanent underclass left standing in the waiting room, asking for a doctor’s visit that will never come.

Mahony in wrong on the abortion issue (though correct to say it doesn’t belong in the health care bill). He’s also wrong on immigration and doesn’t care to look at some of the economics of it.

I have a set of questions for the Cardinal: Is it moral to confiscate beyond the need to raise revenue for legitimate state functions, the fruits of one’s labor? How much taxation should we endure? How many immigrants can we absorb? Does a nation have the right to define itself by borders, language and culture? And is the church interested in building its flock at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.


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  • Would you feel the same way if the Church was not exempt from taxes?

    I always take issue with those who proclaim something is not a “burden” when they are not the ones being asked to pay for the burden.  Churches and Schools are two of the larger landowners in the country yet pay no real estate taxes (do not try to equate payments in lieu of taxes to real estate taxes as they are nowhere close).  They are also two sets of institutions whose members, students, etc. advocate for higher taxes and more services.  Perhaps their tune would be different if their institutions were asked to pay their fair share to finance the “burden”.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    I wonder if Cardinal Mahoney was aware that as Archbishop of Los Angeles he has tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of both legal and illegal immigrants in his area.  Do you think he was aware of that?

    I wonder what would happen if he took a stand ‘against’ illegal immigration and health care?  Would he lose some faithful followers?  Gee, I wonder.  

    Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a cornerstone of Christian faith that we help those in need.  But, Cardinal Mahoney needs to do it with the boatloads of money he has control over and not the few precious last dollars sitting in the pockets of the people in his area.