“In the Americas “thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities,” the pope said. “Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers,…

…but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.” The pope’s call to a common humanity is much-needed, but to our ears the most striking word in that passage is “north.” Here is the Latin American pope acknowledging that the migrants are moving north to the United States, not the other way around. This is the same United States that practices the capitalist economics the pope has excoriated on so many other occasions. There must be something moral to free-market economics if it creates so much opportunity that attracts so many of the world’s poor.”, “The Pope in Washington”, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, September 25, 2015

Opinion

The Pope in Washington

Was that an implicit endorsement of U.S. capitalism?

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. PHOTO: MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES

Pope Francis hasn’t been shy about plunging into American political debates this week, and in his historic speech to Congress Thursday he called for abolishing the death penalty, ending the arms trade, and doing more to welcome immigrants. The first two are Catholic positions that precede his papacy, while the third may have more immediate resonance amid America’s often angry immigration debate.

In the Americas “thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities,” the pope said. “Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.”

The pope’s call to a common humanity is much-needed, but to our ears the most striking word in that passage is “north.” Here is the Latin American pope acknowledging that the migrants are moving north to the United States, not the other way around. This is the same United States that practices the capitalist economics the pope has excoriated on so many other occasions. There must be something moral to free-market economics if it creates so much opportunity that attracts so many of the world’s poor.

Alas, the pope missed a chance to warn Congress about the many current threats to religious liberty—even in America, which was founded by men and women fleeing religious persecution. But a day earlier Pope Francis did make a surprise, and politically notable, visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor. These are the nuns who serve the poorest among us and have sued the Obama Administration for requiring them to violate their religious principles under the abortion and contraception coverage rules of ObamaCare.

The case may be headed to the Supreme Court, and the pope’s visit was a clear and welcome statement of support for the beleaguered sisters. We can also hope that Pope Francis mentioned the case in private to President Obama at the White House.

Posted on September 25, 2015, in Postings. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The pope has become the second most dangerous politician in the world. Cloaked in his holy garb, and using his assumed role of direct and official representative of God Almighty, he’s engaging in all sorts of political, social, and environmental rhetoric that seems to me to be totally outside his purview. If we oppose his socialist one world (without borders) and tenets of his LLL campaign, are we then presumed to oppose God himself? That’s the leverage that he is using in his crafty effort to remold this country, and playing to a leftist crowd that has Bernie Sanders 16 points ahead of the next candidate in New Hampshire….how far we have fallen!

    Mark Nelson 3256 Sitio Tortuga Carlsbad, CA 92009 760.473.7558 mnelson.doit@gmail.com

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