I direct the readership’s attention to a helpful contribution from Acton Institute (which you should share with as many as possible in order to provoke MS Fishwrap into a case of the vapors).
I won’t share the whole thing. Go there to find all of it.
10 Stories The Media Won’t Tell You About The Pope’s USA Visit
posted on September 25, 2015
1. POPE ADMONISHES OBAMA FOR ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
2. POPE ADMONISHES CONGRESS FOR POLITICAL GRIDLOCK
3. POPE CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN DREAM
The waterworks started early for House Speaker John Boehner, when Pope Francis opened his congressional address with a greeting to “the land of the free and home of the brave.”
4. POPE DENOUNCES GOVERNMENT OVERREACH
In his speech before Congress, the pope [or his speech writer] demonstrated a nuanced understanding of liberty when he suggested that all freedoms are related, and the decline of any of these results in the deterioration of them all.
5. POPE PRAISES AMERICAN FEDERALISM
Unless you are Catholic, you might have missed Pope Francis’s repeated use of the term “subsidiarity”.
6. POPE AFFIRMS MERITS OF THE FREE MARKET
No, this is not the great Onion headline about the power of Oreo cookies.
7. POPE EQUATES PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO STATE-SPONSORED EXECUTION
Some pro-lifers are probably dissatisfied with Pope Francis’s comments about the sacredness of life during the congressional address. Although he did affirm his staunch pro-life position when he exhorted Americans to “protect and defend life at every stage of its development,” he immediately shifted the focus to capital punishment. Note that Pope Francis effectively equated abortion to state-sponsored execution, which is covert way to reaffirm his pro-life views.. If there is any question as to his position on abortion, just read his remarks to the U.S. bishops yesterday.
8. POPE ENCOURAGES OBAMACARE OPPONENTS
Pope Francis visited the Little Sisters of the Poor, demonstrating his solidarity with one of the foremost opponents of Obamacare’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that all employers buy contraception for employees, even those that work as abortifacients.
9. POPE CALLS FOR HONEST DEBATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
10. POPE LAMENTS REDEFINITION OF MARRIAGE
Pope Francis concluded his congressional address by grieving the loss of traditional family values. In no uncertain terms he declared that human flourishing would be diminished because of the redefinition of the family: “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.”
Pope Francis’s pastoral sensibility and gentle demeanor continue to make him one of the most popular figures in the world. It ought to be the hope of many Christians and conservatives that this popularity encourages his admirers—many of whom are leftists or openly skeptical of religion—to reexamine the moral foundations of the man for whom they have such regard. I think they might find a new appreciation for traditional, Christian orthodoxy.