Speaker Boehner Invites Pope Francis to Address Joint Meeting of Congress

Here’s a statement from House Speaker John Boehner, released just moments ago:

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Speaker Boehner Invites Pope Francis to Address Joint Meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he has extended a formal and open invitation to Pope Francis to address a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress.  The Speaker released the following statement:

“It is with reverence and admiration that I have invited Pope Francis, as head of state of the Holy See and the first Pope to hail from the Americas, to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress.

“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.

“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.

“His social teachings, rooted in ‘the joy of the gospel,’ have prompted careful reflection and vigorous dialogue among people of all ideologies and religious views in the United States and throughout a rapidly changing world, particularly among those who champion human dignity, freedom, and social justice. 

“These 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.  Many in the United States believe these principles are undermined by ‘crony capitalism’ and the ongoing centralization of political power in the institutions of our federal government, which threaten to disrupt the delicate balance between the twin virtues of subsidiarity and solidarity.  They have embraced Pope Francis’ reminder that we cannot meet our responsibility to the poor with a welfare mentality based on business calculations.  We can meet it only with personal charity on the one hand and sound, inclusive policies on the other.

“The Holy Father’s pastoral message challenges people of all faiths, ideologies and political parties.  His address as a visiting head of state before a joint meeting of the House and Senate would honor our nation in keeping with the best traditions of our democratic institutions.  It would also offer an excellent opportunity for the American people as well as the nations of the world to hear his message in full.

“It is with deep gratitude that I have asked Pope Francis to consider this open invitation on behalf of the Congress and the millions of citizens of the United States we serve.”

 

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4 thoughts on “Speaker Boehner Invites Pope Francis to Address Joint Meeting of Congress

  1. Great idea. I hope Pope Francis accepts. Hopefully Obama will echo the Speaker’s initiative during his visit with the Pope.
    Could it be in 2014? If not, Pope Francis plans a trip to Philadelphia in 2015. The Congress and the American people need to hear from the Pope pronto.
    Thanks Speaker Boehner for your wisdom.

  2. Matthew Pierre says:

    As a Non-American Catholic living in Trinidad and Tobago, I really really hope Pope Francis accepts this offer!

  3. David says:

    Imagine if Pope Francis actually took up the Speakers offer. It could happen.

  4. Now were talking!!!!! So much to be learned from the earthly representative of Christ on earth!
    Let the healing begin!!!

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