April 16th, 2008, Pope Benedict was welcomed by President Bush during a ceremony on the White House South Lawn. It’s 2015, with President Obama leading the country and there’s a new Pope.
Pope Francis has been a voice for the poor.
He auctioned his custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide for £200,555, and donated the money raised to a hostel and soup kitchen in Rome. A Harley-Davidson leather jacket signed by the pontiff also sold for £47,751.
Pope Francis acknowledged there are predatory priests who abuse children and pleaded for forgiveness for the “evil” and promised to take an even stronger stand than before against Catholic abuse scandals.
His Holiness played a part in the U.S.-Cuba breakthrough.
Governor Chris Christie said of the Pope on diplomatic relations with Cuba, “I just think the pope was wrong. And so the fact is that his infallibility is on religious matters, not on political ones.”
Pope Francis addressed climate change. The thing is, Pope Benedict did, too, and that did not cause an outcry from Conservatives.
Mike Huckabee penned a column stating that Obama is being more disrespectful of the Pope than he was of Osama bin Laden. Huck is upset that people from the LGBT community will be attending and he’s having none of that.
Jeb! Bush suggested Pope Francis’ call for a global effort to combat policy change risks politicizing religion.
“I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope,” said Bush, a devout Catholic.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) wrote a column saying he’s boycotting the Pope because he is acting “like a leftist politician,” and he wants no part of it. Gosar objects to the Pope addressing climate change.
“When the pope chooses to act like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar wrote.
It’s possible the Pope may address immigration in the United States. Earlier this year, he said that nations which close the door on migrants should seek God’s forgiveness.
George Will penned a column arguing that the Pope is abandoning his “salvific mission.”
Francis deplores “compulsive consumerism,” a sin to which the 1.3 billion persons without even electricity can only aspire. He leaves the Vatican to jet around praising subsistence farming, a romance best enjoyed from 30,000 feet above the realities that such farmers yearn to escape.
We’ve heard the same sort of rhetoric from right wingers denouncing Obama’s vacations, his security detail, and anything that was afforded to every president before him – somehow for Obama, it should be different.
And on Twitter, there’s this from Huckabee who welcomed the Pope before his visit by bashing Obama.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 22, 2015
In 2013, Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Pope Francis a Marxist.
The fact is, a Christian is coming and Conservatives are frightened. Pope Francis focuses on income inequality, which is something a Christian should do. Scary, HUH?
Meanwhile, Security officials gearing up for Pope Francis’ 5 days visit to America and stressed that there is no specific, credible threat against the pontiff — but for the second time in two years an ISIS propaganda magazine has singled him out for scorn. The magazine suggested in an image that “real Muslim imams” don’t cozy up to Christian icons such as the Pope.
ISIS and Conservatives have something in common. The two groups can both enjoy their boycott while the Christian is in town.
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