Earlier this week, Pope Francis visited Washington, D.C., and gave the American public quite an earful.
While completely sidestepping the growing concern of Christian persecution and genocide in several parts of the world, the Pope did take a special interest in climate change and air pollution. Of all the issues we want to hear Pope Francis talk about, global weather patterns is definitely at the top of that list, right?
Pope Francis didn’t stop there. He also fashioned a political soapbox out of another controversial issue, and this one is guaranteed to make you fume.
“Your own responsibility as members of Congress,” said the Pope, “is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation.” And you can be sure, “grow as a nation” is meant in the numerical, demographic sense.
In his statements, Pope Francis lamented the plight of those who “travel north in search of a better life,” a clear reference to illegal immigrants coming across our country’s southern border.
The Pope also implored Members of Congress to open their hearts to new generations of immigrants. “We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”
Apparently, the Pope isn’t aware of the approximately 12 million illegal immigrants (or thirty million, by Donald Trump’s estimates) currently living in the United States, who will in all likelihood never be deported. If there is any country that doesn’t need a lecture on immigration, it’s the United States.
Here’s something even more appalling. Vatican City, the residence of the Pope, is surrounded by A WALL. If you want to talk about xenophobia, let’s talk about how the Vatican has an immigration rate of approximately zero.
According to the Washington Times, the Vatican only allows a “very select few, who meet strict criteria, to be admitted as residents or citizens” and “only about 450 of its 800 residents actually hold citizenship, according to a 2012 student by the Library of Congress.”
I can’t decide whether the Pope is living in a glass house or an ivory tower.