Dan Gilmore / September 24, 2015

Francis Advocates for Social Justice Before Congress

The concern is that Pope Francis will be turned into a partisan tool.

Pope Francis appeared before Congress today, the first time that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has done so. The concern is that Pope Francis will be turned into a partisan tool. In essence, Barack Obama already has tried to place the papal seal on his homosexual and climate change agendas. In this speech before Congress, the pope exhorted lawmakers to pursue social justice — for strengthening the family, the abolition of the death penalty and to fight against poverty through wealth redistribution. “It is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society,” Francis said. “Such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery, born of grave injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus.” In essence, the pope’s comments advocated for big-government solutions to the world’s ills, a position that confuses corporatism with capitalism. But while the subsequent headlines will blare that the pope spoke against conservative principles, it must be noted Francis slipped away from his itinerary last night to visit with the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns that care for the elderly. A Vatican spokesman told reporters that Francis visited the nuns in order to express support for the group’s legal battle with the federal government over the contraception mandate in ObamaCare. So Francis is at least determined he won’t only be a tool for Obama’s agenda…

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