I have to admit that this week has been inspiring. My Facebook feed hasn’t been filled with garbage – only positive stories and experiences. I’m sure between John Boehner’s resignation, more Clinton emails being released, and something that Trump did or said will dominate the upcoming news cycle. I’m sure, in addition, we’ll get a flurry of all the liberal things that the Pope supposedly supports – we’ll hear about how we need to act on climate change….or how our immigration policy is wrong, etc.
But, a true measure of the news outlets will be how many of the following items will be covered or mentioned in their post-Pope Francis visit coverage:
- In the Pope’s first speech after arriving, he remarked: “With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty. That freedom reminds one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.” Hmm, I wonder what the Holy Father could be referencing?
- Pope Francis also made a few references to “subsidiarity” – in particular with regards to the illegal immigration issue. It’s a term many aren’t familiar with but is core to the Church’s teaching. Subsidiarity is a principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority, I wonder how much attention that will get?
- He did get into the whole climate change debate but be mindful of his words, he called for “a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” Not the silencing of people questioning the data, its handling, or the analytical methods.
- And then there is this comment by the Holy Father: “Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.”
I’m proud to be a Catholic in America and very thankful that I was blessed with this life. I’m encouraged by Pope Francis’ visit and hope that the coverage treats Catholicism fairly.
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