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Letter: Churches being disingenuous

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Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 8:16 am

Pope Francis has preached the plight of the world’s immigrants. He wants the wealthier nations to take in these “poor, hungry” illegal immigrants who come from not only different religions and cultures but different languages, too. He and the Catholic Church are not alone in advocating unrestricted illegal immigration. The Mormon Church, Evangelical and other Protestant churches preach the merits of accepting these illegal immigrants, too.

To me, what is so disingenuous about the actions of these churches is while they call on the citizens of other nations to pay for the support of these illegal immigrants, these churches haven’t divested themselves of a one, slim dime of their hundreds of billions of non-taxed real estate and other monetary assets. Now that Pope Francis has eschewed the wearing of gem-encrusted 18K gold Episcopal (bishop’s and cardinal’s crosses) for a steel one, have you seen any of the old crosses being melted down or their jewels sold to aid these illegal immigrants? The Vatican treasury has hundreds of millions of dollars in gold and jewels just sitting in its vaults and display cases. These un-used treasures could be sold for charity but are not. These churches are great at “preaching” the doctrine of charity, but fall short in actually “sacrificing” their assets for charity.

Pope Francis chose Francis of Assisi as his namesake. Well, now he should emulate his namesake and live in poverty: Sell the Catholic Church’s assets to feed and clothe and house these illegal immigrants. Our Lord drank from a simple clay cup at the Last Supper. Pope Francis, following in the footsteps of St. Peter, the first Pope, should also symbolically use a clay cup as a Chalice. Deeds speak louder than words.

Leon Ceniceros

Mesa

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