The Pope came to visit. He had a good time and saw a few sights. He visited with the president, shook hands with some congressmen, gave a blessing to thousands, had a birthday party and showed his ignorance and or stupidity. Take your pick! There is a difference.
I suppose he is a nice guy. He looks friendly, smiles and waves to people. But he should do the pope stuff and not try to influence our domestic or foreign policy. On the 16th of April he pleaded with Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals to disregard American immigration laws. While at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Benedict said, "I want to encourage you and your communities to continue to welcome the immigrants who join your ranks today, to share their joys and hopes, to support them in their sorrows and trials and to help them flourish in their new home."
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said he was pleased that the pope "commented almost immediately on the role of immigrants in our culture." Uhhhh - there’s that take your pick thing again - ignorant or stupid!
"I welcome his statements," said DiNardo, who attended the prayer service and a ceremony earlier in the day at the White House. "I think they represented from the Holy Father a sense … of the immigrant human person and the difficulties they have."
Boo hoo! What about the difficulties they are bringing!
U. S. Congressman, Tom Tancredo who wages in Congress almost a one man battle against the flood of illegal aliens pouring into our nation, said of the pope, "It is not in his job description to engage in American politics."
Now I am not anti-Catholic. I couldn’t care less what religion a person has. I am only concerned about two things as taught by Jesus Christ. We are to love our God and to love our people. So I am not anti-Catholic or anti-pope any more than I would be anti-Baptist or anti-Billy Graham. I don’t care about the doctrine of the Catholic Church. But when the pope, Billy Graham, John Hagee or any other preacher makes a statement which is harmful to our people and the future of our children then I do take offence.
So here is a thought. The pope lives in Vatican City. Vatican City is a "nation" separate, independent and autonomous from the city of Rome and the nation of Italy. They even have their own police department with some nifty looking uniforms. Here is a picture of the Vatican policeman - commonly called the Swiss Guard. The Vatican City has its own flag, post office and bank. It is in every way a separate and independent nation with its own governmental authority, (hint - the pope is the boss) To learn more about this tiny but powerful nation click here. http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:z9boFHPcqY0J:www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3819.htm+%22vatican%22+security&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=us
So - if the pope has such good ideas for the United States- telling us that we need to have more compassion for the illegal aliens flooding our nation, why don’t he take the lead and open the borders of the Vatican to some of our Mexicans. There are also immigrants from Africa, south east Asia and Turkey who would love to live in the beautiful and spacious surroundings of the Vatican. With the millions of dollars at the pope’s disposal he should welcome them to Vatican City and provide health care, education and food to "God’s children."
I am curious - what happens to someone who breaks into Vatican City? Do those Vatican City policemen in those nifty uniforms beat them on the head and take them into custody or do they welcome them with open arms and ask them to move in?
Actually no one is able to cross the border into Vatican City - the pope has tight security with a big wall to keep out the riff raft.