Pope Francis (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama stand onstage during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem at an official welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. The pontiff is on his first visit to the United States.   REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis and Presient Obama at the White House this morning

“Mr President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination.

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 their right to religious liberty.

That freedom remains 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.”

Pope Francis today

Anyone?

Read The Speech The Pope Gave At The White House (TIme)

27 thoughts on “Jesuitical

  1. newsjustin

    Fair society, respect for religious freedom.

    I’m no expert but seems like standard enough “motherhood and apple pie” papal/presidential broad brush strokes.

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      Total respect, if you ignore all the “Moslems are going to kill us” and Moslems can’t be President” nonsense.

    2. ahjayzis

      Could be seen to back up what whackjob in Kentucky screaming she’s being persecuted for being expected to do her job as a minor government functionary though.

      1. dedeluded

        The pope said “Mr President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive…”
        A guy at the debate asked trump “when can we get rid of Muslims”. So I guess there isn’t a culture of tolerance and inclusivity. It’s what they *should* work towards, but they’re not really. The pope should maybe have said something about wanting them to work towards this goal, rather that opining they are all already committed, when that’s clearly not the case.
        Empty rhetoric.

        1. Lorcan Nagle

          To be fair, the US religious right tends to be fundamentalist protestants, and they frequently claim that catholics aren’t actually christian

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    Bullplop! American catholics are anything but tolerant and inclusive… Like catholics, in general.

  3. phil

    Maybe he is talking about the devil, he will have to be a little clearer though, I hear that devil is quite devious. Thinking about it now, does the devil have a representative on earth? Like an anti-pope…

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      How do we know the Pope isn’t the Devil in disguise? He is very liberal for a Pope after all..

      1. phil

        Well if the Pope is the devil in disguise, surely that would make his counterpart a tall black woman from the northern hemisphere , wonder who it could be …..

  4. munkifisht

    I’m not religious in any way, but I have to respect this pope. He actually seems to want to live by the values he espouses.

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