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August 11, 2015
What might Pope Francis say in Philadelphia?
As a conservative Catholic educated under the Jesuits and living in Philadelphia, I am more than a little curious as to what the theme of this pope will be upon his arrival in the U.S. I believe that a huge number of Catholic Americans are also curious, and many with marked trepidation. Only 35 years ago, in 1979, another pope came to Philadelphia and began an alliance with a decidedly anti-communist president, culminating in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now, in 2015, we have the seeming opposite: a leftist pope and a leftist president, a seemingly unholy aligning in the heavens. Let's begin with a consideration of what should be the themes of this visit. This pontiff presides over a church whose current members throughout the Mideast, central Asia, and Africa are being persecuted and outright slaughtered in ever increasing numbers. Might that be a theme? This pope arrives in a country that has been eviscerated by an over...(Read Full Post)