Edgardo

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting in Florida this past week denounced the Trump administration’s  policy of separating children from their immigrant parents.  “Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB and archbishop of Galveston-Houston” says, “Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together…Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”  (https://religionnews.com/2018/06/13/catholic-bishops-rebuke-trumps-asylum-changes-suggest-policy-is-a-life-issue/)

Immoral, huh?  Hmmm.  What to do with Edgardo Mortara?  (For those unfamiliar, you can read a synopsis of that debacle here.)  In 1858, Edgardo was a six year old Jewish boy living in Italy with his family.  He was however, forcibly kidnapped from his parents on the orders of Pope of Rome, Pius IX.  You know, the guy who allegedly got his office through St. Peter at the behest of Christ Himself!  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) puts it this way:

The Church is apostolic. …She is upheld infallibly in the truth: Christ governs her through Peter and the other apostles, who are present in their successors, the Pope and the college of bishops. (Para 869)

So when Pius IX kidnapped Edgardo, he was governing at the behest of Christ, through Peter and all the other apostles who were “present” with him.  In other words, separating children from their parents is a God-ordained practice for the church that is “upheld infallibly in the truth.”  That much is simply obvious.

That is why a later pope, John Paul II, could elevate his predecessor to the status of a saint!  It should now be obvious that the “official” stance of the Catholic Church is that saints kidnap children.

If then, it is true that Donald Trump espouses the removal of children from their families he is simply upholding the finest of Catholic Tradition.  The only thing left to do is canonize Trump!

 

 

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