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Fred Fries [email him] writes from Vermont:
Gulp! Brenda Walker`s excellent article on the Catholic pro-immigration outrage is going to be met with howls of protest — but stick to your guns and don`t back down (though you`ll have to be very diplomatic in replying to critics .... very diplomatic). (I`m Catholic, by the way—and Brenda`s article was not only right on the mark, but long overdue as far as I`m concerned.)
A few of the passages that are going to get you guys in trouble are the following:
And this one:
That last one was formulated perhaps a bit hastily — it might sound better like this:
"In regard to U.S. immigration policy, the American Catholic Church`s actions have shown it is just another special interest group with an agenda damaging to the common good."
In other words, what makes the American Catholic Church seem like just another special interest group is its position on immigration specifically. In Brenda`s original sentence it might sound as if she considers it that on general grounds, not just where immigration is concerned.
That`s not what was meant, of course, but people may perceive it that way and find it grossly unfair as a result of mistakenly perceiving that to have been her meaning.
Anyway ... I`d hate to be in your shoes when the e-mails start coming in from irate Catholics, but YOU DID THE RIGHT THING! (uhhhh ... I hope ....Gulp...).
Brenda, that was a first-rate article!
Good luck (... gulp...)!