“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” — Leviticus 19:33-35

This is the passage that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wants you to think about as it plans a concerted push to pass amnesty in Congress. On Sept. 8, many priests will preach about the need to persuade members of Congress to pass an amnesty bill for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.

But perhaps it’s not really biblical principles the bishops have in mind.

While the Bible does indeed counsel believers to treat aliens the same as natives, it also stresses, repeatedly, that there is to be one law that applies to everyone, be they native or alien.

“There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.” — Numbers 15:15-17

Numbers specifies very clearly that immigrants, or aliens, are expected to do the same as the people who are native residents — in other words, that aliens are expected to follow the law, and when they don’t, they are to be punished under it.

“You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the sons of Israel and for the alien who sojourns among them. But the person who does anything defiantly, whether he is native or an alien, that one is blaspheming the Lord; and that person shall be cut off from among his people.” — Numbers 15:29-30

In other words, if the bishops were following biblical principles they would be calling for illegal immigrants to suffer the consequences of their actions, whether those consequences were deportation or fine and getting to the back of the line for citizenship.

But the U.S. bishops conference has a history of being more interested in politics than in honest shepherding. As such, it is often manipulated by those Catholics with money and business interests that don’t necessarily gibe with the legitimate religious interests of the masses.

The planned push for amnesty is an invention of the U.S. bishops and does not come from the Vatican.

In fact, if we could trace the origin of the idea, it would probably have its roots squarely in the offices of liberal Catholic poseurs such as Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangel and Xavier Becerra, along with the pernicious influence of Marxist groups like La Raza.

Hispanics are the largest demographic group in the U.S. Catholic Church,  which has opened the way for immigrants with more interest in political activism than spiritual honesty to gain leadership roles and other positions of influence.

If amnesty passes, it will guarantee the Democratic Party has a lock on power across the country and in federal government, perhaps for generations.

Any honest reflection on the activities of the current Administration and Congress will conclude that such a development would condemn generations to life under a Marxist tyranny, guaranteed by what is effectively a foreign invasion.

Catholic conservatives need to send a message to the bishops demanding that they back down on this issue or else risk that we will enforce real biblical principles and make the bishops pay a heavy price for encouraging breaking of the law.