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Crossing the line

Dear Editor:

As far as the subject of religion goes, I’m a live and let live kind of guy. However, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has crossed the line between the separation of church and state.

I believed CCUSA was aiding and abetting criminals with donations from big-hearted, soft-headed, Bible thumpers. But this is not the case, they’re using your tax dollars!

Sixty-one percent of CCUSA’s 2002 multi-billion dollar income came from general grants and contracts. In 2003 about 60 percent came from our taxes and that continues to the present. (Source: Barbara Anderson ” “Bishops at the Trough.”) Having a religious sect like the Catholic church in charge of federal welfare dollars about as appropriate as of federal welfare dollars is about as appropriate as having Cher sing her old hit “Half Breed” at the DNC. By the way, Barrack wants to increase funding for religious organizations to dole out welfare taxes to illegals.

A 2004 Pew Foundations survey found that 80 percent of Catholics favored restricting immigration. Yet the Catholic bishops’ proposed immigration reform would add 25 million new, poor, uneducated people in just 10 years. Besides that it would grant amnesty to the 15-20 million illegals already here.

Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said, “No one has the right to be unselfish with other people’s interests.” It was bad enough when the Catholic church was screwing the altar boys, now they’re screwing the whole country!

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Of course, maybe the bishops are just using the proceeds from the alter to pay off the lawsuits of the former.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

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