Pope Francis beseeched Americans to end hostility toward immigrants in a historic speech before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, weighing in forcefully on a divisive issue that is stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign. “The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us”.
He used that statement to introduce his remarks on the death penalty. It was one of many pope watch events going on at Jesuit schools across the country. He said partisan pressures often force lawmakers to ignore advice like the Pope’s.
In the first speech by a pope to a US Congress, the Argentine pontiff said yesterday the United States “must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past”, when dealing with immigrants.
He also claimed that people were being “pressured” into not starting families.
The pope referred to the U.S. legislators before him as the “face of the people”, urging them that their work promote the good and respect the dignity of human beings. When he spoke of the need to protect human life- a reference to abortion and a smatter of applause when he called for the abolition of the death penalty globally.
He went on to allude to the atrocities committed by ISIS, adding: “Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion”.
“This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind”. We know that in the attempt to be freed of the enemy without, we can be tempted to feed the enemy within.
It is a description repeated over and over again by people who have been struggling – losing jobs and homes – with Catholic Charities helping them out. The bleachers were full as about 800 students hung on to the pope’s every word.
It is unfortunate for the Catholic Church that Pope Francis seems to have been taken in by the liberal propaganda hogwash espousing global warming and man-made climate change.