President Barack Obama is engaged in another conflict with bishops in the Catholic Church. However, in this situation, Catholic Bishops represent forces fighting for human rights while the president represents those who oppose human dignity. No, they are not fighting about abortion or use of contraceptives or the rights of Catholic institutions to obey provisions of the healthcare law. The fight has to do with the rights of Catholics who migrated to the United States of America in quest of a decent life for their families. Most are devout Catholics and their priests have joined in the fight to prevent them from being forced to leave families. A Catholic Bishop Conference sent a letter to President Obama. “As parties who witness the human consequences of our broken immigration system, we are deeply troubled by the division caused by current immigration enforcement policies.”
The Bishop urged the president to “take steps within your authority to limit these deportations.” In other words, Barack Obama now has an opportunity to present himself as fighting for the rights of Catholics. This is a no brainer, announce your willingness to be an ally of Catholic Bishops. However, if history offers a clue, he will undoubtedly argue since Republicans oppose reducing deportations and he wants to cooperate with them, let them go back to where they came from. As always, the timid decision is his decision!