Did you know that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus brief against the Trump Administration in the travel ban case before the high court?
I didn’t, but it really isn’t a surprise.
Of course, they are free to file briefs, but I just wish they would for once admit that they receive millions of your dollars from the US Treasury every year for their Migration Fund (nearly $100 million to the Bishops alone, not including the other millions that go to Catholic Charities to ‘care’ for those migrants).
Just once I wish they would admit they have a pecuniary interest in how the travel ban is resolved.
See Catholics close 20 offices as government revenue dries up.
Do you, my Catholic friends, know that the Bishops want more migrants admitted to the US from terror-producing countries?
Tyler O’Neill at PJ Media:
Catholic Bishops Call Trump Refugee Order ‘Blatant Religious Discrimination’ in Supreme Court Brief
Here are some snips…
In arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, attorney Neal Katyal attacked President Donald Trump’s refugee proclamation — oft maligned as a “Muslim ban” — by quoting the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which called the order “blatant religious discrimination.”
Trump’s proclamation, currently before the Court, “has both the purpose and the effect of discriminating against Muslims,” the bishops argued in their friend-of-the-court brief, filed March 30. “Prior to issuing the Proclamation, the President repeatedly announced his desire to target Muslims for denial of entry into the United States…. Such blatant religious discrimination is repugnant to the Catholic faith, core American values, and the United States Constitution.”
Katyal quoted the bishops in response to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who pressed the attorney for evidence that a “reasonable person” would view Trump’s order as discriminating against Muslims.
“This is a ban that really does fall almost exclusively on Muslims,” Katyal said, Commonweal magazine reported. “Look at the wide variety of amicus briefs filed in this case from every corner of society, representing millions and millions of people, from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which calls it, quote, ‘blatant religious discrimination’…”
Quoting the USCCB proved a shrewd tactical maneuver on Katyal’s part, since five of the nine Supreme Court justices are Roman Catholic, and one — Neil Gorsuch — was raised Catholic but left Catholicism for the Episcopal Church.
“This is not a so-called Muslim ban,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco declared on Wednesday. “If it were, it would be the most ineffective Muslim ban that one could possibly imagine since not only does it exclude the vast majority of the Muslim world, it also omits three Muslim-majority countries that were covered by past orders, including Iraq, Chad, and Sudan.”
Trump’s campaign remarks on immigration and his executive orders regarding the issue have drawn sharp criticism from Christians, Roman Catholic and evangelical Protestant alike.
During the campaign, Pope Francis attacked Trump as “not Christian,” citing the candidate’s desire to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. In December 2016, Catholic bishops insisted that they saw “the Holy Family” in the struggles of immigrants and refugees. Last February, the USCCB welcomed the original blocking of Trump’s travel ban. At the same time, more than three thousand evangelical Protestant leaders — including prominent names like Tim Keller and Max Lucado — expressed “deep concern” over the order. In September, they declared the cancellation of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives) “reprehensible.”
See the whole PJ Media article especially for the links to further reading.
And, be sure to read this post of mine from a month ago:
Here we go again! Bishops appeal to Prez on Christian charity grounds, never mention their federal funding
This is the most important part:
Here in an audit of the USCCB for 2015 and 2016, we see this (below) on page 14.
See my category, Supreme Court, for more on the travel ban issue.
I suspect others of the nine federally funded resettlement agencies also filed ‘friend of the court’ briefs against Trump, but I haven’t looked for those yet.
I sure hope your tax dollars aren’t paying for their lawyers!
The contractors (aka VOLAGs)….
I post the contractor list almost every day because I want new readers to know exactly who is responsible for driving the US Refugee Admissions Program (in addition to the UN!).
The number in parenthesis is the percentage of the nine VOLAGs’ income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees, line them up with (low paying) jobs in food production and cleaning hotel rooms, and get them signed up for their services (welfare)! From most recent accounting, here.
- Church World Service (CWS) (71%)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)(93%)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) (99.5%)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) (57%)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular) (66.5%)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular) (98%)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) (97%)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (97%)
- World Relief Corporation (WR) (72.8%)