A bipartisan Resolution “Congratulating Pope Francis on his election and recognizing his inspirational statements and actions”, is all but dead in the House of Representatives because Republicans say he is “too liberal” while “sounding like President Obama", as reported by The Hill.
Republicans told The Hill yesterday, that some GOP members think Pope Francis is "sounding like President Obama. The Pope talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged."
Time is running out as Congress prepares to leave Washington later today on a five week vacation.
The Resolution which was written by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Pete King (R-NY), had 221 co-sponsors, but only 19 were Republicans.
In a letter written to Speaker Boehner by Rep. Larson, he asks Boehner to “consider this resolution for the suspension calendar for a vote.”
“To my knowledge this would be an historic first. I ask that you take a look at a bipartisan resolution introduced by Representative Peter King and myself, acknowledging the first Pope from the Americas ... it is my sincere hope that you will consider this resolution for the suspension calendar for a vote,” Larson wrote.
The Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) is Catholic, and he even invited the Pope to speak to Congress this past March, but because the Pope is a strong advocate for the poor, and is seen as “too liberal” by the Tea Party radicals in Congress, that invitation was tabled.
Boehner’s letter to the Pope:
“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.”
Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia, PA, to attend the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families which takes place Sept. 22- 27, 2015.