Catholic Charities is running a fundraising campaign to help finance the resettlement of the illegal aliens, WND reported. But the religious charities get the bulk of their funding not from private donors or church members putting checks into a basket. They get it from the federal government.
Alexandria, Va.-based Catholic Charities USA reported receiving $1.7 million in government grants in 2012, according to its IRS Form 990.
But one of the largest recipients of government funds to resettle immigrant children is the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB helps resettle not only unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, who enter the country illegally but also refugees fleeing persecution overseas who enter through legal channels.
The USCCB is one of nine agencies that receive hundreds of millions in tax dollars to resettle refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. under contract with the federal government. Six of the nine contractors are religious groups, WND has learned, including the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Church World Service and World Relief Corp., which includes a plethora of evangelical groups.
The Catholic Bishops alone received $65.9 million in federal grants to care for unaccompanied alien children and refugees, according to its 2012 annual report.Well, that's one way to make up some of the income lost paying out settlements to abuse victims.
Frankly, I think the bishops' unholy alliance with a godless, evil government is shameful. It makes them silent eunuchs when it comes to addressing the moral issues of our day. Many of them save their outrage for orthodox Catholics, as Dietrich von Hildebrand said years ago in The Devastated Vineyard.
It's a sad day when faithful Catholics feel like unwanted stepchildren in their churches. That's exactly what we are. While dissidents are coddled and heretics are welcomed to speak at diocesan seminars, the faithful are labeled mean-spirited troublemakers. Please, Lord, give us the grace to keep our sense of humor and remember that those who persecuted You most vigorously even unto death were the high priests and rabbis of the synagogue, i.e., the Jewish magisterium. Some things haven't changed much!