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Should Congressman boycott Pope Francis?...

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I am on vacation, so I don’t want to drift to far into the papal visit (which I am not closely following right now).  I might add this, however:

While we don’t expect anything along the lines of what Benedict XVI delivered either in Westminster Hall or to the German Bundestag, if a Pope shows up at U.S. Congress, and you are a Congressman… you go.

This comes via my friend Fr. Gerry Murray, who is doing some TV coverage of the Pope’s travel to Cuba and North America. HERE

Don’t Boycott the Pope
Priest says lawmakers should hear Francis out, even if they don’t like message
by Fr. Gerry Murray

Boycott the pope? That is what a Catholic congressman, U.S. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., has announced he might do when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

“If the pope plans to spend the majority of his time advocating for flawed climate change policies, then I will not attend,” Gosar said. [No, you go and listen.]

Gosar claims that is what Pope Francis plans to do. [Even that’s what Francis does, you go.  This isn’t a General Audience in St. Peter’s square.  This is the floor of Congress and you are a Congressman.]

“Pope Francis is intending to spend the majority of his time on one of the world’s greatest stages focusing on climate change,” he said.

But no one knows what Francis will spend the “majority of his time” speaking about until he actually speaks. Still, Gosar thinks he knows.

“I have both a moral obligation and leadership responsibility to call out leaders, regardless of their titles, who ignore Christian persecution and fail to embrace opportunities to advocate for religious freedom and the sanctity of human life,” Gosar said. [It may be that, as a Congressman, you should be there… in Congress, for the address.  Just saying’]

The congressman is way out of line here. Is he rebuking the pope ahead of time for ignoring things he will undoubtedly speak about during his time in Cuba and the United States?

No one knows exactly what he will say to the House and Senate members, but Francis has addressed these issues already in various speeches during his pontificate, and he is no passive bystander in defending those who are persecuted, or put to death unjustly. His message is clear.

But what about the issue of global warming or climate change? Will Francis repeat what he said in his encyclical letter Laudato Si that man-made climate change is real and requires urgent solutions? Certainly he will, but that does not mean anyone should walk out on him. If you disagree with that message from the pope, you can, as a good Catholic, argue against it and state your reasons with clarity — and charity.

The climate change debate is a scientific debate, not a religious debate. The moral and religious debate touches upon what we should do if, in fact, man is the cause of climate change, and if, in fact, man has the true capability to reverse course and undo global warming without causing even greater problems.

Francis’ judgment on scientific questions is as good as the science he marshals in support of his conclusions. The same standard applies to his critics.

So Gosar, and the rest of us, should sit back, listen to what the pope says, and then engage in the kind of rational discussion that furthers our common efforts to promote the welfare of our society and our world.

Boycotting the pope is a bad idea, especially when the man threatening to do this is, as he states, “a proud Catholic” who attended a Jesuit college where he “was taught to think critically, to welcome debate and discussion and to be held accountable for my actions.” Well, let’s start the debate and discussion by being present when Francis talks about whatever he wants to talk about.

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D., is pastor of Holy Family Church in New York.

If for no other reason, go so that the fakers who claim to be “devout”, such as Nancy “the Theologian” Pelosi can’t crook their digits and say “At least we were there.”

UPDATE:

If at the White House Pope Francis can sit an listen with attention to the self-righteous, hypocritical and manipulative blather from POTUS, then congressmen can earn their paycheck by going to a joint session of Congress and listen to the Pope, whether they are onside or not.   This is what public figures do.

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Should Congressman boycott Pope Francis?...

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I am on vacation, so I don’t want to drift to far into the papal visit (which I am not closely following right now).  I might add this, however:

While we don’t expect anything along the lines of what Benedict XVI delivered either in Westminster Hall or to the German Bundestag, if a Pope shows up at U.S. Congress, and you are a Congressman… you go.

This comes via my friend Fr. Gerry Murray, who is doing some TV coverage of the Pope’s travel to Cuba and North America. HERE

Don’t Boycott the Pope
Priest says lawmakers should hear Francis out, even if they don’t like message
by Fr. Gerry Murray

Boycott the pope? That is what a Catholic congressman, U.S. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., has announced he might do when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

“If the pope plans to spend the majority of his time advocating for flawed climate change policies, then I will not attend,” Gosar said. [No, you go and listen.]

Gosar claims that is what Pope Francis plans to do. [Even that’s what Francis does, you go.  This isn’t a General Audience in St. Peter’s square.  This is the floor of Congress and you are a Congressman.]

“Pope Francis is intending to spend the majority of his time on one of the world’s greatest stages focusing on climate change,” he said.

But no one knows what Francis will spend the “majority of his time” speaking about until he actually speaks. Still, Gosar thinks he knows.

“I have both a moral obligation and leadership responsibility to call out leaders, regardless of their titles, who ignore Christian persecution and fail to embrace opportunities to advocate for religious freedom and the sanctity of human life,” Gosar said. [It may be that, as a Congressman, you should be there… in Congress, for the address.  Just saying’]

The congressman is way out of line here. Is he rebuking the pope ahead of time for ignoring things he will undoubtedly speak about during his time in Cuba and the United States?

No one knows exactly what he will say to the House and Senate members, but Francis has addressed these issues already in various speeches during his pontificate, and he is no passive bystander in defending those who are persecuted, or put to death unjustly. His message is clear.

But what about the issue of global warming or climate change? Will Francis repeat what he said in his encyclical letter Laudato Si that man-made climate change is real and requires urgent solutions? Certainly he will, but that does not mean anyone should walk out on him. If you disagree with that message from the pope, you can, as a good Catholic, argue against it and state your reasons with clarity — and charity.

The climate change debate is a scientific debate, not a religious debate. The moral and religious debate touches upon what we should do if, in fact, man is the cause of climate change, and if, in fact, man has the true capability to reverse course and undo global warming without causing even greater problems.

Francis’ judgment on scientific questions is as good as the science he marshals in support of his conclusions. The same standard applies to his critics.

So Gosar, and the rest of us, should sit back, listen to what the pope says, and then engage in the kind of rational discussion that furthers our common efforts to promote the welfare of our society and our world.

Boycotting the pope is a bad idea, especially when the man threatening to do this is, as he states, “a proud Catholic” who attended a Jesuit college where he “was taught to think critically, to welcome debate and discussion and to be held accountable for my actions.” Well, let’s start the debate and discussion by being present when Francis talks about whatever he wants to talk about.

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D., is pastor of Holy Family Church in New York.

If for no other reason, go so that the fakers who claim to be “devout”, such as Nancy “the Theologian” Pelosi can’t crook their digits and say “At least we were there.”

UPDATE:

If at the White House Pope Francis can sit an listen with attention to the self-righteous, hypocritical and manipulative blather from POTUS, then congressmen can earn their paycheck by going to a joint session of Congress and listen to the Pope, whether they are onside or not.   This is what public figures do.

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Pope Francis’ Winning Smile...

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

That smile. Oh, that smile. When Pope Francis exited the plane at Joint Base Andrews, it was there. Those present for the welcome erupted. How could you not?

His smile—and his wit—have drawn people to him, as well as back to the Church. He seems to be able to spread his message without seeming condescending or authoritarian. But it is a message which he is not afraid to preach. It is a message he most certainly will be sharing during this visit. This morning he is at the White House, tomorrow he is at Congress. Later this week, he will be at the UN, along with that smile.

People I have talked to here in DC—both Catholic and non-Catholic—feel drawn to this pope. For those who question his teachings, the pope says, “I’m ready to recite the Creed.” Of course, he said it with a smile.

Follow me at @StAnthonyMag for more of my thoughts on this historic visit!

Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America is a rich collection drawn from Catholic News Service photographers and journalists to be released October 30. It will be a keepsake for anyone interested in the papal visit. Learn more about the book, and about Pope Francis’ visit, by clicking here

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Pope Francis’ Winning Smile...

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

That smile. Oh, that smile. When Pope Francis exited the plane at Joint Base Andrews, it was there. Those present for the welcome erupted. How could you not?

His smile—and his wit—have drawn people to him, as well as back to the Church. He seems to be able to spread his message without seeming condescending or authoritarian. But it is a message which he is not afraid to preach. It is a message he most certainly will be sharing during this visit. This morning he is at the White House, tomorrow he is at Congress. Later this week, he will be at the UN, along with that smile.

People I have talked to here in DC—both Catholic and non-Catholic—feel drawn to this pope. For those who question his teachings, the pope says, “I’m ready to recite the Creed.” Of course, he said it with a smile.

Follow me at @StAnthonyMag for more of my thoughts on this historic visit!

Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America is a rich collection drawn from Catholic News Service photographers and journalists to be released October 30. It will be a keepsake for anyone interested in the papal visit. Learn more about the book, and about Pope Francis’ visit, by clicking here

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CNS photo/Bob Roller

 

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The Hottest Ticket in Town...

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Here in DC, everyone is talking about Pope Francis—and he hasn’t even arrived yet. Even us journalists are getting excited about this leg of the trip. So excited, that trying to get credentials to the events are hard to come by. Reporters are begging and pleading to whoever they can to grab that golden ticket—myself included. With nearly 8,000 members of the media covering this visit, just like everyone else, we would like even a glimpse of this immensely popular pontiff.

Unfortunately, I have not found that ticket yet. But that doesn’t mean I’m not relying on my best journalistic skills to try. All prayers are appreciated.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."