Episcopal Hypocrisy on Both Sides of the Atlantic

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by William Mahoney, Ph.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 15, 2020   

Open borders and interreligious dialogue

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Failing to address recent incidents of violence and the rape of minors by repeat offenders, prelates in the United States and the United Kingdom choose to promote open borders and interreligious dialogue.

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Bp. Nicholas DiMarzio

Alleged members of the notorious MS-13 gang were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday in connection with three murders in the borough of Queens, New York City.

Eight of the defendants were arraigned in Brooklyn federal court Thursday.

"The murders and crimes of violence allegedly committed by these defendants are trademark MS-13 offenses — cold-blooded, senseless and brutally violent — and pose a grave danger to the residents of our communities," said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement.

Hypocrisy in the United States

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Brooklyn diocese, which includes Queens, has failed to mention MS-13 or the three murders that occurred in his diocese.

DiMarzio has publicly denounced President Trump's border wall, decried his ending of DACA and treatment of illegal immigrants at the border.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is federal immigration policy that allows some illegals brought to the country as children to avoid deportation in two-year increments and become eligible for a work permit. DACA does not provide the path to citizenship that the proposed DREAM Act offers "Dreamers."

The murders and crimes of violence allegedly committed by these defendants ... pose a grave danger to the residents of our communities.

Regarding DACA, DiMarzio said, "We are disappointed with the president's decision to end DACA, as there are many undocumented Dreamers in our diocese who have now lost their sense of security in the only country they know to be home."

In June 2019, DiMarzio published a statement addressing the "escalating immigration crisis" saying, "As someone who has worked to address issues surrounding immigration policy for 50 years, I find the current state of affairs to be at one of the lowest points I have ever seen. As a nation, we are regressing and failing to treat people like human beings with the dignity and respect they each deserve."

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DiMarzio called on Congress to agree on a supplemental border funding bill, adding, "in response to threats of mass deportations, these tactics are heartless and provide no real solution. Many people in our communities who are now living in fear of ICE [immigration enforcement] agents have been in the country for a long time and some have American-born children."

In 2014, Catholic Migration Services in Brooklyn and Queens, which often holds fundraising dinners with tables for 10 ranging from $1,500 to $12,500, received a grant from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — an award of $250,000 dispersed over a two-year period.

I feel violated to know he's living near me in the same area where he hunted for girls like me.

In 2016, DiMarzio published a piece in The Tablet titled "'The Facts About Immigration'" in which he said, "My approach will not be a religious one, although certainly, Scripture gives us much to think about when it comes to treating the alien workers in our midst."

Hypocrisy in the United Kingdom

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, three Pakistani Muslim-sex traffickers who were supposed to be deported years ago, are still wandering the streets of Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

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Bp. John Arnold

One of the whistleblowers told The Mirror she did not understand how they were still in the country.

"I thought Theresa May [former U.K. prime minister] had organized his deportation, so how come he's still here?" she said, adding, "I feel violated to know he's living near me in the same area where he hunted for girls like me. It's a total betrayal of grooming victims that he's allowed to stay."

Bishop John Arnold, local ordinary of the Salford diocese in which Rochdale is located, has failed to address the situation with these Muslim-sex traffickers or any of their crimes, including the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Arnold has worked on projects such as "building relationships with a local mosque community so as to understand Islam" and celebrated Interfaith Week. He stated:

In our diocese, we have strong links with Citizens UK, a project which sees people of different faiths, religions and backgrounds working together for their local community. Many of our churches are part of Churches Together, which focuses on ecumenism, and over a number of years we have got to know our Muslim brothers and sisters.

The Salford diocese website also publishes articles such as "Share the Journey: Refugees walk alongside communities facing the same challenges" and slide shows such as "The Challenges of Interreligious Dialogue," which includes a quote from heretic Hans Kung: "There can be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There can be no peace among the religions without dialogue between the religions. There can be no dialogue between the religions without research into theological foundations."

Next to Kung's quote is a picture of the earth surrounded by seven religious symbols, including the crescent moon, the ying-yang and the cross.

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