Gap widens between Catholic groups over aid to illegal aliens


A Catholic organization questioning the involvement of another Catholic organization in moving COVID-ill immigrants to the United States filed a lawsuit earlier this month in federal court in Texas.

CatholicVote and conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch have filed a federal lawsuit based on two denied Freedom of Information Act requests to the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Security interior.

In the lawsuit, filed Feb. 4, the Indiana-based Catholic organization seeks “all communication” between the two federal agencies and several Catholic organizations near the Texas border, including Catholic Charities, the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, the Bishop Daniel Forest, the Catholic-run Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen and its Executive Director, Sister Norma Pimental.

CatholicVote suggests in the lawsuit that Catholic organizations and appointees may have conspired with federal agencies to circumvent state-mandated vetting procedures for illegal immigrants known to be sick with COVID-19, then use taxpayer money to accommodate them in hotels.

“To my knowledge, there is no Catholic teaching that would justify an open violation of federal or state law with taxpayers’ money in order to achieve something good,” Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, told The Epoch. Times. “The hypocrisy is glaring if, in fact, we have a different standard for migrants at the border than Americans inside the United States.

Phone calls made by The Epoch Times to named parties in the lawsuit were not returned.

CatholicVote has drawn the ire of other Catholic organizations for questioning the efforts of Catholics on the border.

“Those who serve the voiceless and vulnerable on the border deserve prayers, support and gratitude, not partisan attacks,” tweeted Kim Daniels, co-director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life. at Georgetown University in response to the lawsuit.

It’s the latest in a growing divide within the nation’s largest religion over issues of illegal immigration, abortion, support for pro-abortion Catholic politicians like President Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, and the COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The same day CatholicVote filed its lawsuit, a parent group called Concerned Catholics petitioned the Archdiocese of Washington against Catholic school superintendent Cardinal Wilton Gregory for his refusal to recognize religious exemptions. Catholic parents.

The petition, organized by, accuses Gregory’s refusal to accept religious exemptions from the vaccine contradicts the faith’s most fundamental beliefs.

“It is unacceptable and constraining of conscience for any Catholic school to require students to obtain morally objectionable vaccines for admission,” the parents wrote in their petition.

The Archdiocese of Washington did not immediately return phone calls about it.

In a speech made public in January, Pope Francis, unlike Catholic parents in Washington, called the vaccine a “moral obligation” and described Catholics who oppose it as “people who allow themselves to be swayed by the ideology of the moment”, referring to ideology as “unsubstantiated information or poorly documented facts”.

According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, American Catholics are roughly split politically with about 48% of registered Catholic voters voting Republican and 47% voting Democrats. The split led to a split between the right-wing and left-wing Catholic Church.



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