Catholic churches in the Bay Area’s biggest city may soon shield immigrants from deportation under the Donald Trump administration.
The Catholic Church in Santa Clara County is quietly lining up as many as 20 places of worship to act as potential safehouses for immigrants facing deportation under a Trump presidency.
Father Jon Pedigo of the Dioceses of San Jose said, “We are not looking to make a political statement on sanctuary or anything like that. It’s basically providing refuge, support, stability and safety for a family in need.”
The plan is part of a coordinated effort by churches, community organizations and local leaders in response to the election of Trump, who’s advocated for an aggressive crackdown on illegal immigration.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wants to relax some city regulations and make it easier for churches to provide sanctuary to immigrant families.
Liccardo said, “What we’re trying to do is simply get out of the way for those service providers — in this case churches and faith-based organizations — that have traditionally provided sanctuary.”
Full story at CBS Bay Area.
For shame. Roman Catholic Church teaching as far as I can remember was to support the laws of the motherland, provided of course they were not inquest. Our Lord said: ‘Give unto Ceasar’s those things that are Ceasar’s and give unto God those things that are God’s. This Diocese is breaking Roman Catholic Church teaching and breaking U.S. Law. This sets a poor example of the V2 Church.
The Catholic Church is changing our United States of America into a “Divided” States of America.
This could not happen, of course, without the support and encouragement of Bishop Patrick McGrath.
During the election, McGrath remained silent about Hillary Clinton’s militant abortion record, but he berated Trump over not agreeing to accept the “election results.”
Obviously, McGrath is a registered DEM.
And so is Fr. Pedigo, and as it appears most of the SJ Diocese parishes.They are all ‘left’-overs of the discredited Liberation Theology, where Marxism comes first, and then everything else.
It saddens me that the “faithful” on this site are not charitable Catholics who live the teachings of Christ, but rather Republcan Catholics who think only of themselves.
And “Panther-Mom” is clearly a classic Demoautocrat left-type, based on her many other previous observations and rationalizations for the Party of Death. And by the way I was a Dem for years before I realized they—Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Dick Durbin— will never support the Culture of Life.
Illegal immigration is a sin against the Seventh Commandment.
And the landing of Columbus with the support of the Reyes Catolicos was not?
Anonymous, many of the Spaniards who came over here on those ships were dirt poor after the Muslims had invaded and taken over their land for years and overtaxed them. How far would you like to go back on all this invading and taking into slavery? I can go all the way back to “Adam and Eve” if you want. Also, at least one Native American Indian tribe has stories about how they fought giant men with red hair and killed them off. Were those people here before or after that Native American Indian tribe got here? I think bones of such people have even been found in that area. Men have been migrating and fighting since time began.
My work takes me often to San Jose Die-o-ceased-to-be-Catholic, and Fr. Jon Pedigo is very proud of his Jesuit education (he is not an order-member, but diocesan clergy). You can hear the entirely secular-atheist-social-justice jargon and focus in his homilies (although that doesn’t prevent him from indulging in unconsciously self-hypocritical and pricey European and other vacations, which he has splashed all over his Facebook account during recent summers).
Just as the Jesuits left behind Christ and the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin who is “Mother of the Society”, and the Rosary, so also Pedigo walks in lock-step to his “cool” new version of priestly calling. Bishop PJ loves it.
It is just a shame that priesthood…
…and sacraments (just as for the Jesuits) has gotten in the way of his new calling to be a political operative. Well, we shall see what the future holds/
the parishes will do do some amount of vetting, of course. if an immigrant has been found to be fond of the traditional church (saints, rosary, latin mass or reverential a quiet mass not using mariachi music) this may raise some alarm and cause him to be quickly handed over for swift dispatching.
I do not like Marxists that want to infiltrate pre-existing institutions. You did not build the Catholic Church over 2000 years of apostolate. You are despicable community agitators making things worse for the widows and poor.
I’m a member of “Our Lady of Peace” parish in Santa Clara, and I fervently hope our parish isn’t part of this cabal. I intend to pass this story on to one of our priests this morning. I will not give to the diocesan ADA this year and will instead direct the money elsewhere.
It amazes me that people like Panther mom and the current Pope will condemn poverty and in the very same breath condemn those who managed to avoid it, were considered “selfish and greedy” while they game the system.
Father Giggles and 20 church safehouses. Why, that’s at least 21 Liberation Theologists primed for La Migra lock up. A golden opportunity not to be missed.
Hymie, that is an old picture of Fr. Jon Pedigo. He looks nothing like that now; he is older and more dignified looking. You can find his newer pictures on line by googling his name. According to an interview on one website, in the past he said he was against Prop 8, which was for marriage between one man and one woman. I do not know what he advocates now. I suspect the “Jon” who posts on here quite often is Fr. Pedigo. If so I am sure he is reading all this and just chooses not to comment, at least so far.
Anonymous, you noted what I have also noted: the photo of Fr. Pedigo is quite dated. He had his 25th ordination anniversary in May 2016, so he has to be comfortably in his 50’s, yet many of his images are, well, curious. That is all I will say. His Facebook feed is an interesting source of information, and also lists his homilies, so you can read him in his own words and decide for yourself.
I also thought that Fr. Pedigo posts at Cal Catholic under whatever certain different posting name… A certain cleverness that sounds like some his homilies.
The Anonymous post on January 16 at 10:38 p.m. was mine — Anne T.
A past article by Jessica Fromm on the Metroactive website quoted Fr. Pedigo as saying he was against Prop 8. Just scroll down to the subtitle “Ask and Tell”, and the indirect quote is in the tenth paragraph. I never knew about this before, but it certainly explains a whole lot.
This is the link to Anne T’s article by Jessica Fromm’s interview of Fr. Pedigo:
Fr. Pedigo in his own words…