As mentioned yesterday, I'm reporting on an occurrence of the MCC screed in another Baltimore church. A full-page insert of the MCC statement appeared in the bulletin of St Stephen Church in Kingsville, which I understand is in northern Baltimore County. The man who relayed it is the son of a friend of mine. He owns his own small business and is struggling to put his own children through college. His youngest son finally was accepted into UMBC, after being on a waiting list.
The MCC claims that illegals would not displace citizens from seats at the community college level. Be that as it may, can the same be said at the 4-year colleges? Common sense would indicate in the negative. Moreover, would the illegals have to register for Selective Service, as did this young man?
Can anyone blame this poor father for being indignant at the thought of his tax dollars being used to possibly block his own son from attending the school he wished to attend? Such are the honest concerns of decent Catholics - concerns that deserve validation, not the ridicule that was heaped upon them in the MCC statement.
The Maryland Catholic Conference, in its widely-publicized statement, is making clear its expectation that good Catholics such as this father should behave like silent, submissive little cash cows by paying up and shutting up. Moreover, the MCC states that any attempt to make their voices heard through legitimate political processes should be derided as "harsh". In so doing, might the MCC itself be engaging in "harsh" behavior?
To the MCC - With all due respect, respect is due to those who don't hold to the opinion that Church social teaching is akin to socialism. We see through this, and we won't be cowed. The statement that you released this weekend is only one reason why many Catholics simply don't take you seriously - or more to the point, see such actvities as giving cover to socialistic elements in our society.