Donald Trump’s papal visit was mercifully brief but still historic — as Jimmy Kimmel put it, a “holy day, or maybe an a-holey day.” During their conversation, the Holy Father tried to persuade the American president to take up the causes of the poor and the environment. “Unfortunately Trump is only in year 70 of his 100-year deal with the Devil right now,” according to Kimmel, “and it has a no-trade clause…”
What will Donald Trump say to the Holy Father, whose Christian teachings urge the opposite of everything this president has done? Danziger can only imagine.
Aah, ’tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols — and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no — this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.”
“Let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today’s world, who are not lying in a cot caressed with the affection of a mother and father, but rather suffer the squalid mangers that devour dignity: hiding underground to escape bombardment, on the pavements of a large city, at the bottom of a boat over-laden with immigrants,” said Pope Francis in his Christmas Eve homily.
It is a story that we can imagine transpiring in our own time, among the Central American migrants, homeless in a California border town, or among the Syrian refugees, freezing and hungry in northern Greece. The analogy is clearly lost on politicians like Trump, who not only assure us that we need not concern ourselves with their fate, but that we must coldly spurn small children for the sake of our own comfort and safety.
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was invited to the Vatican, but not by Pope Francis. It turns out the Vermont senator was invited to speak at a conference held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, an academy founded by the Vatican.
Conservatives worry that behind the gentle facade lies a dangerous reformer who is diluting teachings on moral issues while focusing on social problems.
Colbert: Mr. Trump, Mr. Pope — I believe that’s his formal name — is it possible that you guys are fighting because you have so much in common?”
Meeting could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.
The Vatican is backing away from the controversy, saying that Kim Davis was one of “several dozen” people that Pope Francis met — and he wasn’t the one who invited her.
Pope Francis dove into some of the United States’ thorniest political debates during his historic visit by urging the world’s wealthiest nation to welcome immigrants, to end homelessness and do more to address climate change.
We are living through a deeply polarized era in which compromise is a dirty word, and Pope Francis’ gracious address to Congress won’t change that.
Wouldn’t it be grand if Pope Francis could be a recurring visitor to the U.S. Congress? Perhaps then our elected officials would stop acting merely as the “political class” and instead legislate as men and women of conscience.