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    Reactions from various service organizations are mixed, but Cardinal Mahoney of L.A. sounds like he's ready to fight the good fight... including civil disobediance.

    NBC News San Diego March 1, 2006

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Archdiocese will ignore a proposed federal law that would require churches to ask immigrants for residency documents before administering help, Cardinal Roger Mahony said Wednesday.

    "The church is not in a position of negotiating the spiritual and the corporal works of mercy," Mahony said during a Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels marking the start of the 40-day season of Lent.

    "We must be able to minister to people, regardless of how they got here," he said.

    An immigration bill recently passed by the House of Representatives includes a provision requiring churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing them assistance. Institutions that fail to comply could be penalized.

    A similar proposal is in a bill the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to debate this week.

    Mahony told congregants gathered at the cathedral that the Catholic Church exists to serve people, not the government. He called on Catholics in the 288- parish archdiocese to commit to immigration reform, "especially in the face of increasing hostility toward immigrants."

    "At this particular moment in our history, there seems to be these strident voices that are very much anti-immigrant," he said.

    As disciples of Christ, "we are called to attend the last, littlest, lowest and least in society and in the Church."

    Mahony has said that he supports the immigration goals of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, which advocated a guest-worker program and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

    "Remember, we are here but by the grace of plate tectonics... Just some perspective, apply it to your idealogies as you will." -- read in a comment by roboton

    by DoDi on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 08:31:54 PM PST

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