Every time I decide to give Pope Francis a good leaving-alone, he drags me back in:
In Philadelphia, Pope Francis challenges Americans to live up to nation’s ideals
Goldang it, Francis! Who says we aren’t?
If you read on, the answer would appear to be the headline writers at the WaPo. Not His Holiness:
At Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed, the 78-year-old pontiff reminded Americans, “it was here, that the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed.”
Introduced by Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” the pope stood at a wooden lectern used by Abraham Lincoln for the Gettysburg Address in November 1863, and told the crowd assembled on Independence Mall that “history also shows that these or any truths must constantly be reaffirmed, re-appropriated and defended.”
No argument there. As the Declaration declares, people’s rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are “endowed by their Creator”. Governments are instituted merely to “secure” these rights. The rights outrank any government. Good job, Francis. (If I may call him Francis. He can call me Blood.)
And the Argentine-born son of immigrants from Italy told Hispanics living in the United States: “Never be ashamed of your traditions. Do not forget the lessons you learned from your elders, which are something you can bring to enrich the life of this American land.”
Agreed, though in English, please. Your traditions enrich nothing if we can’t understand you. But thanks for pizza and burritos, if we haven’t said so already.
Then he threw out his scripted remarks and extolled the virtues of traditional families in an animated address that continued until 9:30 p.m.
He did? Why didn’t that make it into the headline? Pope Extolls Virtues of Traditional Families Echoes Dan Quayle, Other Conservative Christians
So far, I haven’t read a single “challenge” to live up to our “ideals”.
This time he stressed the importance of freedom of religion, enshrined in the Constitution’s First Amendment. He spoke alongside U.S. Catholic bishops deeply concerned about the way court rulings on gay rights and federal health-care expansion are affecting Catholic hospitals, schools and nonprofit entities.
“In a world where various forms of modern tyranny seek to suppress religious freedom, or try to reduce it to a subculture without right to a voice in the public square, or to use religion as a pretext for hatred and brutality, it is imperative that the followers of the various religions join their voices in calling for peace, tolerance and respect for the dignity and rights of others,” Francis said.
Now, that’s what I call a challenge! Give ’em…heck, Francis!
“Various forms of modern tyranny”: such as? Perhaps the tyranny to provide abortions, to bake or cater or provide flowers for a “nontraditional” wedding, or to end up in a prison cell for declining to license those same weddings? “Without right to a voice in the public square”. Amen.
“One of the great challenges facing the church in this generation is to foster in all the faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the church’s mission,’’ he said.
Personal responsibility. What a quaint old concept. Like “traditional” marriages.
While the Pope said one thing, others heard what they wanted to hear:
Carlos Huertas, a native of Guatemala who lives on Long Island, arrived about 2:30 a.m. Saturday with 100 fellow pilgrims.
“He knows our culture. He speaks our language. There is new hope for all immigrants. He said he was an immigrant, too. What he will do for immigrants is a big question. We’re here and want the papers to stay,” said Huertas, 48, a handyman and landscaper.
Every word the press prints is a lie, including and and the. Mr. Huertas, may live on Long Island, just as oriental bittersweet lives in my back yard. But both are invasive species. If he has no “papers”, he is not an “immigrant”, but an illegal alien. Not even the Pope can help him. But that’s okay. The “Vicar of Christ” has nothing on Obama.