So I was listening to the Terry and Jesse Show last week and heard them talking about illegal immigration. I was a little disturbed by their tone which basically was “illegal immigration is immoral” . I was really shocked though when Jesse described illegal immigrants as antinomian heretics because they believe they don’t need to follow the civil law of the nation of the USA. He even brought in the render unto Ceaser support for this.
I believe this link takes you to the Sept 1 show
In addition, he has brought up that we should build a wall on the border and that there is a wall on the Mexican/Guatemalan border and so we should have one too.
Anyway, I was pretty disturbed by these comments to the point I emailed him and he actually emailed back but did not back down at all.
My problems with this;
the tone would fit in well at a Trump Rally and would seem out of place at the USCCB’s mass on the border last year.
Antinomian heresy has nothing to do with civil law. It is the belief that the moral laws or mosaic law does not play any roll in salvation. Today antinomians are sort of the once saved always saved types. I asked Jesse if he felt that the little sisters of the poor had a moral obligation to follow the HHS mandate. How about if states require catholic colleges to allow gay married couples in the student housing? Must we follow that law in danger of antinomian heresy?
He didn’t answer.
- there are countless resources describing the Mexican and Guatemala border and you can view it on google maps. Yet he cites obscure right wing articles (Fox News and the blaze) describing Mexico wanting a wall as well as a Mexican article describing a similar want.
One article here I shared : wola.org/files/mxgt/report/
It’s very frustrating to hear this being sent out on the Catholic Airwaves. Would love to hear the forums opinions on these issues and their place in Catholic Social Teaching.