Pope Francis to Congress: ‘Stop fighting, start working!’

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Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Bourg *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-CONGRESS, originally transmitted on Sept. 24, 2015 and with RNS-POPE-ABUSE, originally transmitted on Sept. 30, 2015.

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(RNS) Francis carefully laid out a vision of political cooperation for the common good -- one that highlighted economic injustice as a chief threat to family life and stressed the moral imperative to care for the environment.

  • POPE: “NO GOD NEEDED”
    “..we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners.”

    Gosh. Where, oh, WHERE might the Pope have heard such vile reductionism?
    Um…from religion, perhaps !?

    “Believe or be condemned” – JESUS (Mark 16:16)
    “do not associate with anyone…who is guilty” – (1 Corinthians 5:11)
    “…go and tell him his fault.” – JESUS (Matthew 18:15)
    “Don’t throw your pearls to unholy pigs!” – JESUS (Matthew 7:6)

    This Pope abandons the nonsense of Jesus, Yahweh and Paul’s awful letters. Instead, he sells a warmed-over Christianity of humanism no different from Atheist Dalai Lama. Go ahead! Compare the speeches!

    Humanism is overcoming Christianity – Francis knows it. Most of the Bible must be abandoned for a Pope to give this speech. Democrats have been giving the same speech for decades – practical, secular humanism.

  • Greg1

    That was a very good speech. He pulled back the curtain, and let everyone see how their ways have departed from the ways of God Almighty. Working together means both democrats and republicans need to stop being partisan, and be more politic oriented on things for the common good of society.

  • Fran

    Not to worry…God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) will soon come and work on behalf of all meek mankind on earth without any division or uncooperation (Isaiah 11:1-9).

  • George Nixon Shuler

    That’s what the 12 Apostles thought would happen in their lifetimes, but it didn’t. The rash on “end times” theologies which did not appear until the 19th Century CE have most often been used as a means of power and control over others. We have humans who describe an afterlife as containing the aspects you describe but that seems impossible where humans are concerned. Better to pray for the dead and fight for the living.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Hey, remember, he was speaking to Congress.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    During the Reagan and Bush I regimes, compromise was possible, because then the Republicans were willing to be reasonable. That changed during the Clinton I regime. Then, the Republicans came to regard the White House as an entitlement of theirs, and chose to go as far as they could, even offering a bogus impeachment which the Senate wisely rejected. They are even worse now. The right-wing echo chamber on hate radio regards Obama as even less deserving of their respect than Clinton. Sanity will eventually prevail, as it did today in the vote to continue the government and avoid a shutdown, but it’s only temporary. I’m afraid this will get worse before it gets better. Compromise is not possible when one side is being petulant.

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  • Greg1

    George, really? It goes both ways. For example, right now the president is going to veto any spending bill that does not fund Planned Parenthood. And the Dems in Congress are ready to block it, as well. And after what PP’s been up to?? How is that for the common good? That’s what is known as being partisan. And the list goes on.

  • Greg1

    Yes, the Jews in Jesus’ time were so fixated on an earthly kingdom, that they could never quite get it through their minds that the kingdom on earth, is merely the church of a pilgrim people on their way to eternal life in heaven. And before Pentecost, when they were enlightened, the apostles continued to miss the point: they “asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samar′ia and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:6). Yes there will likely be a time of peace and splendor for the Church, but first She must go through her own agony and crucifixion. It will probably get much worse before getting better.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Fight weakens and wounds – work liberates and heals.

  • Betty Clermont

    In his oration, the pope omitted any critique of capitalism. US 2016 campaign underway.

  • Larry

    “For example, right now the president is going to veto any spending bill that does not fund Planned Parenthood.”

    Because the request is unreasonable and based on deliberate defamation of PP. Anti-abortion pundits are not going to give rational or reasonable assessments of the organization. They are also prone to lying about them in order to push their agenda. The common good is not served by a hysterical witch hunt with the goal of attacking public health and rights of others.

  • Larry

    There is nothing sillier than a leader “for life” lecturing a democratic legislature on how to conduct their business.

  • Larry

    He also congratulated American bishops for their “sacrifice” in obstructing justice, hiding funds and covering up evidence of sexual abuse by clergy.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pope-clergy-sex-abuse-survivors_5603221de4b0fde8b0d12e18

  • ed

    Right on, Larry.

  • Bob

    Greg1, the god fraud that you and your partner-in-crime Fran keep trying to sell here has been predicting the end of times as about to happen for centuries and has never gotten it right. No reason to think you will this time.

    Also on the time front, It’s also worth asking why such a claimed benevolent, wonderfully kind, “god” has to put us through thousands of years of anxious waiting before “saving” us from a flawed life that he supposedly created. The Christian beliefs are just plain ridiculous.

    Good day, and here’s to a less superstitious future for us all.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains.
    Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

  • Bob

    That might sound pretty to you, but it’s not correct in general. Actually, if the fighting doesn’t kill, it often makes both parties stronger afterward.

    Try some physical training. Maybe you’ll get it.

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  • CM Roberts

    @Fran, I try to share spiritual truths from God’s word on here too but we speak a foreign language which 99% of mankind cannot understand. The majority would rather make up their own “truth” or just blast God with blatant LIES and blasphemies. They twist the scriptures to their own destruction and will not use their own mind to REASON on the facts. Just keep praying for the good hearted people to have their eyes opened and their ears unstopped. Continue on in your ministry and I will also do the same. As for the Pope and his speeches, I’m wondering how all of this will result in the cry of “peace and security”. Agape, sister.

  • Fallacy Spotting 101

    Post by ‘CM Roberts’ is an instance of the Secret Decoder Ring fallacy.

    http://fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

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