Rev. Michael P. Orsi is chaplain and research fellow in law & religion at the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla. 

My Articles

October 4, 2010, 4:01 AM EDT
Recently, a police dog in Fort Myers, Florida, was accorded full honors commensurate with a fallen officer.
August 2, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT
Four Catholic bishops from Mexico’s border states commended U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton for her temporary injunction on some provisions of SB 1070, more commonly known as the “Arizona Immigration law” - the most high profile part of which is a requirement for police to check suspects’ immigration status during routine stops if there is reasonable suspicion they are in the United States illegally.   
May 3, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT
There is no scriptural injunction regarding immigration policy other than the Torah's admonition to treat the resident alien living among you fairly. The Gospels and other New Testament writings simply adjure Christians obey the laws of the state and to be good citizens of the cities in which they live.    The church, therefore, has to extrapolate from the Bible what should constitute a Christian response regarding immigration and a policy for illegal aliens.  
April 19, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT
Over Easter weekend, the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, stated in a BBC interview that the Catholic Church in Ireland is “losing all credibility” because of clergy sexual abuse scandals and the hierarchy’s poor response to past cases.  Such a blunt remark from the normally diplomatic head of the Anglican Communion may seem out of character; especially during this ecumenically sensitive age.