Pope Francis’ real challenge to Washington’s pols: Be politicians, not partisans! (ANALYSIS)

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Pope Francis adjusts his glasses in front of his chair, which has an image of the Shroud of Turin woven into the red fabric, as he leads a Mass during a two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, on June 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Pope Francis adjusts his glasses in front of his chair, which has an image of the Shroud of Turin woven into the red fabric, as he leads a Mass during a two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, on June 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

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(RNS) As Washington prepares to welcome the pontiff, pols and pundits are trying to figure out if Francis’ appearances will help, or hurt, one party or the other.

  • Bernardo

    Much to do about nothing until he addresses his outdated, flawed and scandal-filled religion starting with only “celibate” MEN running the crumbling show.

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  • Greg1

    Interesting article: yes this pope is no partisan. But is reported in a partisan way. When he says anything which portends a movement to the Left by the Church, he is hailed with megaphones. When, however, he proclaims Gospel Truth, such as during his most recent live audience with David Muir, telling a single mother of two that she was very courageous, and did NOT murder her children in the womb, THAT is virtually ignored by the Media. Hopefully he has learned from his experiences with the Western media, and will instead use them to his advantage during this next papal trip to the USA.

  • Betty Clermont

    “Some Jesuits say quietly that Bergoglio, despite being a Jesuit, is closer ideologically to Opus Dei … Bergoglio’s ‘personal, undisputed, austerity has always lived with a determined and sustained pursuit of power, first in his congregation, then in Argentina and now the universal Church. Bergoglio is a strategist and a politician,’” noted Oscar Chamber, professor at the Salesian Center for Studies in Buenos Aires and Franciscan Theological Institute.
    http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2013/03/20/opinion/006a1polBernardo

  • Fran

    Wow! The Pope said that “politics is seeking the common good without letting yourself be corrupted.”

    He must not yet be aware how corrupt the entire political systems are and that they need to be “replaced” by God’s kingdom or government (Daniel 2:44)…really soon, please!!!

  • Bernardo

    Fran,

    Please provide reputable references to support your claims.

  • Fran

    Daily news from all media outlets provide the proof when it comes to:

    (1) financial distress (trillions of dollars of debt in the US; Greece and other countries also facing economic distress).

    (2) immigration (proposed Mexico wall and possible deportation of illegal immigrants; thousands of refugees fleeing from Syria to Europe and the U.S.).

    (3) racial discrimination (such as cases of black unarmed men killed by white policemen).

    (4) warfare/terrorism (they continue and nations want to increase their weapons).

    (5) drug abuse (the use of crystal meth and other drugs, including prescription, increase and how is the “war against drugs” going?

    (6) natural disasters (flooding, such as Katrina, tsunamis and earthquakes are increasing, as foretold (Matt. 24:7).

    Things are getting worse, in spite of government actions or inaction. As foretold, men would become faint out of fear and expectations of the things coming upon the earth” (Luke 21:26).

  • Bernardo

    Fran,

    You might want to review some history starting with WWI and WWII e.g. the Ho-locaust) then proceed ba-ckwards to the atrocities committed by the Romans et al..

    And again you thu-mp passages that fail rigorous historic testing i.e. your hero JC did not utter these words. They were all invented in this case by Matthew and Luke.e.g. http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb064.html and

  • Fran

    When God’s kingdom soon intervenes in man’s affair with Jesus as King, you will get the proof you need; I will not be responsible for it, but gratefully accept it.

  • Greg1

    Fran, look up the definition of the word “politic.” You are describing the “partisan”and “corruption” aspect that Francis just denounced. He is promoting “politic” in the true, classic understanding. And he is correct.