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Speaker Boehner invites Pope Francis to address Congress
cna ^ | March 13, 2014

Posted on 03/13/2014 1:41:01 PM PDT by NYer

U.S. Capitol. Credit: Brian Jackson (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

U.S. Capitol. Credit: Brian Jackson (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Washington D.C., Mar 13, 2014 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaker of the House John Boehner has extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress, praising the Pope’s advocacy for the vulnerable.

“Pope Francis has inspired millions of Americans with his pastoral manner and servant leadership, challenging all people to lead lives of mercy, forgiveness, solidarity, and humble service,” Speaker Boehner said March 13.

“His tireless call for the protection of the most vulnerable among us—the ailing, the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the impoverished, the unborn—has awakened hearts on every continent.”

Speaker Boehner said such an address from the Pope would “honor our nation in keeping with the best traditions of our democratic institutions” and would be an opportunity for the American people and the world to “hear his message in full.”

Boehner, an Ohio Republican who is Catholic, said the Pope’s pastoral message “challenges people of all faiths and political parties.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who is Catholic, joined the invitation.

“Whether inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, who cared for all of God’s creation, or by St. Joseph, protector of the church, Pope Francis has lived his values and upheld his promise to be a moral force, to protect the poor and the needy, to serve as a champion of the less fortunate, and to promote love and understanding among faiths and nations,” she said in a separate statement.

The invitation came on the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to the papacy.

No Pope has ever addressed Congress, the U.S. House Historian’s office told USA Today.

Speaker Boehner said Pope Francis’ social teachings are rooted in “the joy of the gospel” and have prompted “careful reflection and vigorous dialogue” among people of all political and religious views, “particularly among those who champion human dignity, freedom and social justice.”

He said the Pope’s principles are “among the fundamentals of the American Idea.”

“And though our nation sometimes fails to live up to these principles, at our best we give them new life as we seek the common good,” he said.


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: boehner; congress

1 posted on 03/13/2014 1:41:01 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/13/2014 1:41:18 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

America is coming back!


3 posted on 03/13/2014 1:43:47 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ya gotta go where the Sinners are!


4 posted on 03/13/2014 1:45:38 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NYer
Speaker of the House John Boehner has extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress, praising the Pope’s advocacy for the vulnerable.

He has a previous engagement - he has tickets to attend Noah with Russell Crowe

5 posted on 03/13/2014 1:49:08 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: NYer

Set up a confession booth at the front door...two-thirds of the Congress needs it bad.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 1:50:00 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: NYer

Yoiks! Boehner’s going after the Catholic vote! Well, all in all, it probably can’t be bad. Just pray that His Holiness says the right things.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 1:55:39 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: NYer

That would be wonderful.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 1:57:21 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: NYer
first thing that comes to mind; what's in it for the bonehead? Answer; diversionary theatrics because he cares so much.

What will quell or satisfy America's anger over all of this political in our faces "F U" from those in DC?

9 posted on 03/13/2014 2:04:07 PM PDT by drypowder
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If accepted, I’m not looking forward to the address.

I fear all we’ll hear about is socialism and amnesty for illegals. Nothing about the Social Reign of Christ the King.

If Pope Francis can’t even give a visible public blessing of a crowd for fear of offending non-believers, I wouldn’t be surprised if he rolls over and let’s Obama scratch his belly.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 2:06:02 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: NYer
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who is Catholic, joined the invitation.

Thinking the Pope will give her a "Get Out of Hell" card, eh?

11 posted on 03/13/2014 2:07:18 PM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: NYer

Seperation of church and state?


12 posted on 03/13/2014 2:08:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: EagleUSA

Why bother with that the Pope will just tell them...’hey it’s ok, who am I to judge”.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 2:10:01 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Vendome

How does that possible apply? The Pope’s being invited to vist not take the joint over for crying out loud!!!


14 posted on 03/13/2014 2:11:10 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: ebb tide
I agree. He could probably get Pelosi’s people to wriet his speech.
15 posted on 03/13/2014 2:12:32 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan

I would think sarcasm comes through after a while.

Still, there will be hue and crying .....


16 posted on 03/13/2014 2:15:42 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: pgkdan

Her on the RF, the RCC pushing threads we’lll have to endure are going to make it sound like he did in fact take the joint over.


17 posted on 03/13/2014 2:17:17 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Huh?


18 posted on 03/13/2014 2:30:01 PM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: NYer

I would like that ever so much. I don’t know if it will be allowed to happen though, due to all those newly proud angry atheists. If Boehner pulls this off, I may let him out of the penalty box. But he still needs to go later this year.


19 posted on 03/13/2014 2:35:49 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Vendome
Seperation of church and state?

Actually, it's "separation of church FROM state". Delivering an address is not the same as an endorsement of one religion over another. Over the decades, popes have been invited to address the United Nations. They are all warmly received and their messages promptly ignored. No doubt the US Congress would respond in a similar manner.

20 posted on 03/13/2014 2:40:23 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

I think the Papal address should begin with his redistributionist violation of the Tenth Commandment, which naturally leads to violations of the Ninth and which quickly breaks down the Eighth.

Then he can tell us all how happy he is to be here.


21 posted on 03/13/2014 3:05:06 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: NYer

This would be interesting if it happens.

Oh, that he could give them a tongue-lashing like Mother Teresa of Calcutta did to a state legislature. Was it in Kansas?


22 posted on 03/13/2014 3:34:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Slyfox

LMAO now I want see that probably NOTTTT


23 posted on 03/13/2014 4:56:42 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NYer

I hope he turns Boehner down. The last place in the world where the Holy Father needs to be is Washington, DC.

After all, from where in the world have more abortions been financed? From where in the world has sodomy been more strongly pushed?

He can pronounce an anathema just as easily from the Vatican as from DC. And that’s the ONLY thing the Congress (and the Executive) (and the SCOTUS) needs to hear from him.


24 posted on 03/13/2014 5:01:00 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: NYer

Wouldn’t it be awesome if he accepted and then called out all the baby killers and especially all the “so called” Catholics like Pelosi, etal.


25 posted on 03/13/2014 6:05:24 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: NYer

It was a joke.

I sometimes think we don’t need the obligatory “/s” tag....


26 posted on 03/13/2014 6:07:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Alex Murphy

If he would stand in front of Congress and excommunicate Nancy Pelosi for her many years of undivided service to Satan, I’d cheer. But most likely, it would be a mish-mash of why capitalism is evil, and how our government needs to unite with other governments to serve the poor without borders...


27 posted on 03/13/2014 6:13:29 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: SevenofNine

Pelosi would have to promise not to support abortion or be an Obama stooge any more.

28 posted on 03/13/2014 6:28:08 PM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: NYer

Coming to visit another Babylonian outpost.....


29 posted on 03/14/2014 11:09:56 AM PDT by delchiante
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