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CA Catholic church to install hideous 40-ft $2M statue of Mary to welcome illegal border-crossers and refugees

The Catholic Church is a fifth column that actively works to undermine the United States from within.

Simply put, illegal “immigration” is against the law. But the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro, California, plans to install a hideous 40-ft. statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, “as a symbol intended to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S.”.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that the statue, named “Welcome the Stranger”, is designed by artist Jim Bliesner who says the statue is inspired by Mary, who had fled with her family to Egypt as a refugee soon after the birth of Jesus, and that “it will stand as a beacon of hope and encouragement for people engaged in the struggle of the migrant.”

The $2 million statue will go up on the hilltop parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. The project is spearheaded by nonprofit San Diego Organizing Project, and already has $1 million from the California Endowment, a private health foundation. On October 5, “community members” convened to kick off a crowdfunding campaign to raise another $1 million to build the statue by early 2019.

Bishop Robert McElroy, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, said the monument and its location will send a strong message about the border: “It is a symbol and powerful reminder that for us, for us as people of faith, for us as America, the border represents not a line of separation, but a line that unites us to Latin America.”

McElroy said the statue will be a reminder that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants who contributed to “help build America.” It also will represent hope for a brighter future for the waves of immigrants and refuges who one day will begin “an arduous journey” to the U.S.

In a 2017 interview with America: The Jesuit Review, the Catholic magazine that withdrew its endorsement of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, McElroy said “in the Diocese of San Diego we have 200,000 Catholics who are undocumented. We simply can’t stand by and watch them get deported.”

According to Church Militant, Bishop McElroy was told of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual predation as early as July 2016, but remained silent.

Richard Sipe, the renowned expert in clerical sex abuse who passed away on August 10, 2018, published his private correspondence with McElroy proving that the bishop had been made aware of McCarrick’s sexual harassment of seminarians.

In a letter dated July 28, 2016, which was “hand delivered” to Bishop McElroy on August 30, Sipe wrote:

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been reported by numerous seminarians and priests of sexual advances and activity. A settlement with one priest was effected by Stephen Rubino, Esq….

Priests or seminarians who speak up about a sexually active superior are threatened with the loss of everything — employment, status, etc. Those who report are greeted with disbelief or even derision if they know but were not personally involved. If they were a partner in the sexual activity and “come out” they become a pariah and labeled a traitor.

I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick, who has stated, “I do not like to sleep alone.”

One priest incardinated in McCarrick’s Archdiocese of Newark was taken to bed for sex and was told, “this is how priests do it in the U.S.” None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation.

The system protects its impenetrability with intimidation, secrecy and threat. Clergy and laity are complicit.

In spite of these detailed allegations about McCarrick’s homosexual predation, McElroy said and did nothing, offering no response to Sipe.

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~Eowyn

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Leading Catholic magazine retracts endorsement of Judge Kavanaugh

A leading Catholic magazine, America: The Jesuit Review, has withdrawn its endorsement of embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh — a devout lifelong Catholic with a flawless legal and judicial record, who had been vetted and investigated by the FBI six times.

On September 27, 2018, after the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Kavanaugh/Blasey Ford hearing, America published a piece titled, “The Editors: It is time for the Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn,” stating that whereas the magazine’s editors previously had endorsed Judge Kavanaugh based on his strong textualist viewpoint and solid “legal credentials,” the allegations against him have led the editors to withdraw their endorsement.

The reason is that although the editors “have no special insight into who is telling the truth” and “even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt,” nevertheless, in the judgment of the magazine’s editors, “this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country.”

According to The Conservative Brief, Sam Sawyer, a member of America’s editorial board and the Society of Jesus, told Vox that the decision to rescind Kavanaugh’s endorsement reflected, among other moral and constitutional concerns, a wider interest in ensuring that abuse victims are taken seriously because the Church has a “particular sensitivity to what’s going on in the wider society with the #MeToo movement.”

Put simply, America magazine has caved into the bullying tactics of the Left and, by so doing, is helping to ensure that the Left, having been successful, will continue to deploy underhanded tactics in the future.

Call me cynical, but what surprises me is that America magazine actually had endorsed Judge Kavanaugh to begin with, given Wikipedia‘s description of the magazine:

America is a national weekly magazine published by the Jesuits of the United States and headquartered in midtown Manhattan….

The publication was founded in 1909 in New York City and the Jesuits still maintain and publish the weekly magazine…. With its Jesuit affiliation, America has been described by The Washington Post as “a favourite of Catholic liberal intellectuals“.[1]

Under the leadership of [former editor in chief Thomas] Reese from 1998 to 2005, the magazine has been known for publishing articles and opinion pieces taking positions contrary to official Catholic teaching or discipline on matters such as homosexuality, priestly celibacy, birth control, and the abortion debate….

In 2009, under the leadership of Drew Christiansen, the editorial board gave support to an invitation for U.S. President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree at the [Catholic] University of Notre Dame, which was controversial after directives from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops discouraged pro-choice politicians and activists from being honored at Catholic universities.

America‘s retraction of its endorsement speaks more about the magazine and the Catholic Church than about Judge Kavanaugh.

There’s a petition for Catholics in support of Judge Kavanaugh. Go here!

See also our posts on Kavanaugh’s nomination:

~Eowyn

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