From his present location in the communion of saints, Father John Courtney Murray, S.J., who died in 1967, is probably indifferent to the various ways his work on Catholicism and American democracy is misconstrued in the 21st century. But those who think that Murray still has something to teach Catholics about the American experiment in ordered liberty must regret that Murray’s thinking continues to be misrepresented in some Catholic quarters and misapplied in others.
I invite you to read these seven principles and reflect on your reaction to them. Ask yourself: “What does my reaction tell me about what is in my heart? Is my response to immigrants a Catholic one? How does my reaction correspond to the Church’s teaching?”