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From: Walter Yannis
Thank you for posting Chilton Williamson Jr.'s beautiful piece on St. Augustine and the National Question.
We Catholics need look no further than the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the Church's teaching on this vital issue:
56. "After the unity of the human race was shattered by sin God at once sought to save humanity part by part. The covenant with Noah after the flood gives expression to the principle of the divine economy toward the 'nations', in other words, towards men grouped 'in their lands, each with (its) own language, by their families, in their nations'.[Gen 10:5 ; cf. Gen 9:9-10, 16 ; Gen 10:20-31 .]"
57. "This state of division into many nations, each entrusted by divine providence to the guardianship of angels, is at once cosmic, social and religious. It is intended to limit the pride of fallen humanity [Cf. Acts 17:26-27 ; Dt 4:19 ; Dt 32:8 vLXX.] united only in its perverse ambition to forge its own unity as at Babel.[Cf. Wis 10:5 ; Gen 11:4-6 .] But, because of sin, both polytheism and the idolatry of the nation and of its rulers constantly threaten this provisional economy with the perversion of paganism.[Cf. Rom 1:18-25 .]"
58. "The covenant with Noah remains in force during the times of the Gentiles, until the universal proclamation of the Gospel.[Cf. Gen 9:16 ; Lk 21:24 ; DV 3.] The Bible venerates several great figures among the Gentiles: Abel the just, the king-priest Melchisedek - a figure of Christ - and the upright 'Noah, Daniel, and Job'.[Cf. Gen 14:18 ; Heb 7:3 ; Ezek 14:14 .] Scripture thus expresses the heights of sanctity that can be reached by those who live according to the covenant of Noah, waiting for Christ to 'gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad'.[Jn 11:52 .]"
The Church teaches that the division of mankind into nations defined by the indicia of common descent ("by their families"), culture ("with their own languages") and sovereign territory ("in their lands") is instituted by God Himself as an integral part of His plan of salvation, and thus is of "cosmic" importance.
Since unlimited immigration dilutes races, bastardizes cultures, and makes a mockery of territorial sovereignty, no Catholic could support "open borders" and remain true to the teachings of the Magisterium.
The calls of many of our clergy to open our borders with Catholic Mexico are motivated not by Catholic teaching, but rather by a cynical drive to increase their own influence. Such calls are the very sin of Babel.
I hope my fellow Catholics will gently point out the articles of the Catechism to their liberal clergy. And while they're at it, why not ask them why the Church chose to canonize that greatest of all anti-immigrant Know Nothings, St. Joan D'Arc?
December 30, 2001