Pope Francis recently demanded that governments welcome, protect, and promote immigrants, and called for a simplified process of granting humanitarian and temporary visas. The Pontiff also urged countries to stop collective expulsions, stating that the principle of ensuring each person’s dignity “obliges us to always prioritize personal safety over national security.” Huh? How does jeopardizing national security improve personal security and dignity? The Pope is in effect saying that we must prioritize the safety of a smaller group of people over that of a larger group of people. In reality, this would currently mean prioritizing the safety of mostly Muslim individuals from North Africa and the Middle East over that of the still marginally Christian nations they typically seek to enter…and, in some cases, destroy.
Must we then prioritize the dignity and safety of a white supremacist or a Black Lives Matter member over our national security, too? This is madness. The Most Catholic One also entreated nations to train their border guards to protect migrants, saying that each new arrival, regardless of legal status, must be guaranteed access to basic services beyond just health care. Francis went on to say that immigrants should be assured of access to consulates and the justice system, and should be granted the ability to open a bank account and survive financially. He was particularly generous to unaccompanied minors, averring that they should be guaranteed citizenship, and access to schooling and foster programs.
According to reports, the pontificating Pontiff stopped short of declaring that all immigrants should be given a mansion with Olympic-size swimming pool, a cabin in the mountains or at the lake, a Lexus of their choice, and a $1,000 gift card to Wal-Mart.
Shortly after this announcement, a pro-Islamic State group put out a video specifically targeting the Pope and the Vatican. A separate video, recently released on the pro-IS Telegram channel, strongly suggests that Italy is likely the next target of a terrorist attack.
I guess there’s no satisfying some people.