by Anura Guruge
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Yes, of course, I appreciate that this “U.S. Citizen” criteria is meant to be a ‘first-cut’ security precaution. And that is exactly why I think it is incongruous and inexplicable.
While just about everybody would agree that you would not want undocumented aliens trying to volunteer, are YOU really trying to tell me, that in 2015, the appropriate U.S. agencies have less documentation on legal, i.e., documented, residents than on born-in-the-U.S. citizens? I would contend that they have more ‘dirt’ on the documented aliens than those that were just born here. think about it. Just the process of ‘documenting’ means that information was collected.
So that is my first point. Just saying “U.S. Citizens” rather than “U.S. Citizens, registered permanent residents and documented aliens” just does not make sense — and would appear to unjustly discriminate against many GOOD Catholics from Mexico, Cuba, Ireland, France, Italy, Philippines and Latin American countries.
2nd point. Just being a “U.S. Citizen” should NOT be an adequate security criteria when it comes to the pope’s visit. If anything it is a totally meaningless criterion!
At a MINIMUM insist that “All volunteers must be Catholic U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old”. Yes, some might argue that that falls into religious discrimination. I am not sure. A Catholic is likely to have more scruples about doing harm to the pope — though even that is NOT a guarantee. Plus, how do you establish oneself as Catholic. SIMPLE. The same measure that Catholics use for everything else. A letter of commendation from YOUR Catholic diocese that YOU are a member in good standing. Simple. That this is not been insisted upon is a travesty.
Security is a major concern. They are already raising the fence around the Vatican Embassy in D.C. where the pope is likely to spend at least one night.
Security IS the REASON that the details of the pope’s visit is being kept vague by the U.S. authorities and the Vatican. They do not want to disclose anything, definitely not the exact dates, times and places. They will wait until the last possible minute. Understandable.
Just a heads up.