Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Charleston, SC Diocese Takes No Position on Immigration Reform: "A Prudential Issue"

From The State (Columbia, SC):
The Catholic Diocese of Charleston, which serves South Carolina, has not taken a stand on the immigration aid question, spokesman Steve Gajdosik said.

The diocese is relying instead on the faithful to make their own, prudent judgments, he said.

“It’s not a doctrinal issue,” said Gajdosik, the diocese’s director of media relations. “It’s a prudential issue. Well-formed, faithful Catholics and Christians can take different opinions because it is a prudential issue.”

That said, Gajdosik said the church “is always going to seek to take care of people’s humanitarian needs. However the bill turns out, the Catholic church will do all in its power to take care of people’s needs within the law.”

(emphasis added)
My Comments:
Contrast this to Cardinal Roger in L.A. who has finally found an issue for which he is willing to criticize elected officials.


At 3/30/2006 9:16 AM, Blogger Tom McKenna said...

Respectfully, I suggest that this would be the appropriate stance for the bishops to take on the death penalty-- that it's use in individual cases is a prudential matter to be judged by general principles.

While some issues involve application of absolute, no exception principles (e.g., abortion) not every public issue involving moral considerations can be reduced to a simple "yes" or "no" like the bishops have attempted to do with the cap. punishment issue.


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