Pope proposes ‘golden rule’ of politics

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on September 25, 2015

Pope Francis called on Americans to fully embrace the Golden Rule in politics as the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics delivered a sermon on Capitol Hill on Thursday, challenging Congress and voters alike to serve the needy and to see the world in nuance rather than the “simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil.”

In halting English, dressed in the white pontifical robes and reading from printed text rather than teleprompters that have become ubiquitous for politicians, the pope proclaimed himself a believer in the American dream, but set his sights globally, calling for a halt to the world arms trade and “new global forms of slavery.”

  • Geezer Ted

    This from a guy who leads the Catholic Church which over the centuries has launched bloody war after bloody war. Has sent out inquisitors to torture, maim, and kill people all in the name of faith. Bans the birth control which means millions of children will be born into and die because of starvation, disease and child labor. Urged good German Catholics to support and back Hitler, only to find that tens of thousands of priests and nuns were marching into Catholic built gas chambers and ovens. Has over the centuries urged good Catholics to send in their kid’s lunch money so the Vatican can amass the largest collection of pagan art. Ignores pedophile priests and nuns. Yes sir a sterling example of the golden rule.

  • vintageautomobilia

    Perhaps the Vatican should lead by example, and set up housing for homeless persons and migrants, and also dip into their vast financial resources to re-distribute their wealth to the poor and needy. Oh wait, since the Pope is a Communist sympathizer, he will talk the talk but never walk the walk!

    • Kent2012

      nah he wants the Real American taxpayer to support all these folks, the millions that receive miniscule benefits from foreign aid that we send to our enemies, as well as themselves and the 47% of folks on welfare right here in the good old USA

  • KDC

    All well and good, Pope. It won’t work because some people are so self centered and self serving, they could care less about other people and doing good by them. There is no accountability from within. That said, the only real way to turn all that around, inside, is to let Jesus Christ into your heart and change your spirit. Reading His Word will then change your mind. It’s the only way a REAL change can happen within. Trying to make it happen on your own is futile.

  • 7papa7

    Hey Francis you need to read your Bible. ALL helping of the needy was ALWAYS voluntary and never mandated but like all good communists you think it is the governments job. I have a great idea, go back to the Vatican and quit trying to screw up all of the democracies in the world. We don’t need nor want you here. Go have a good life somewhere else. Keep your propaganda to yourself and quit trying to take away the freedoms we have that God gave us.

  • Pam

    Seems to me the Bible predicts a “false head of the Church” who will conspire with the anti-christ. As to the “NWO”, at one time all men spoke the same language, they began to believe they were as good as God. So they started to build a tower, in Babel, to reach Heaven to confront God on his own level. God tore down the tower and caused men to speak in different tongues so that they would know that only He is God. New World Order has always struck me as being the New Tower of Babel.
    I am starting to agree with the people who believe the “Pope” is part of this. But it is definitely clear that he is a true communist – the leaders hold all the wealth and power and the common people just do as they are told and live in squalor.

  • JAMES

    Taxpayers help the poor all the time its called food stamps & welfare…..Maybe the pope should give the church’s money to the poor….not going to happen…LOL Only way to God the Father is through Jesus not the Pope.

  • reggie

    Go home mr. pope, tend your flocks and leave the rest of us alone. Use some of your money to help the starving in the world. What about YOUR Catholics that are being decimated by the terrorists. Oh, forgot you’re another mother teresa. She had millions but thought it better for her ‘people’ to live in poverty and slime to glorify God (for those of you who don’t know, she starved by choice, she had the money to help others, and didn’t. Don’t read the propaganda, read information from India and the people who knew). Back to mr pope: since when are you such an expert on global warming? A NWO, Agenda 21 piece of propaganda. You’re no better than they are.

    • KDC

      Good one. Didn’t know that about “mother” Theresa. All works. Proverbs 3:27-28 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

      • Nita1931

        “Didn’t know that about “mother” Theresa.” Since you believed Reggie’s insults about Mother Teresa, I suggest that you study up on her and what she did in her life. Until then, I’ll repeat my message: The truth is that she spent her life living amongst the poor in India and helping them as much as she could. She knew as well as I do that Our Father in Heaven does not feel glorified by poverty. He requires us to help one another, which is what Mother Teresa did.

        • KDC

          The sick must suffer like Christ on the cross. Well, that in itself is not Christ’s view. He suffered once and for all of us. Anything else is works and one gains absolutely nothing.
          At the time of her death, Mother Teresa had opened 517 missions welcoming the poor and sick in more than 100 countries. The missions have been described as “homes for the dying” by doctors visiting several of these establishments in Calcutta. Two-thirds of the people coming to these missions hoped to a find a doctor to treat them, while the other third lay dying without receiving appropriate care. The doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions, as well as a shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers.
          The problem is not a lack of money–the Foundation created by Mother Teresa has raised hundreds of millions of dollars–but rather a particular conception of suffering and death:
          “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering,” was her reply to criticism.
          Thanks for making me check her out.

          • Nita1931

            Where in hades did you “check out” the nonsense you described? As a non-member of the Catholic Church I am not here to defend that Church or oppose, but I will not stand by and see hatred and lies leveled at such an innocent and great person as Mother Teresa! I’m 84 years of age and have followed her history for all these many years as she lived amongst the very poor and gave up all worldly belongings to work with and for them. Try checking further, KDC.

            e.g.

            The contribution of St. Teresa of Calcutta was to
            fulfill the Will of God and in doing so help many people die with dignity. She
            also showed all of us the importance of the poorest of the poor, and that every
            single human being, regardless of their state in life, is infinitely precious
            in the Eyes of God, and should be so in ours as well.

            At the time of her death, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity had over
            4,000 sisters, and an associated brotherhood of 300 members, operating 610
            missions in 123 countries. These included hospices and homes for people with
            HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children’s and family
            counseling programs, personal helpers, orphanages, and schools. The
            Missionaries of Charity were also aided by Co-Workers, who numbered over 1
            million by the 1990s.

            http://www.answers.com/Q/What_was_the_contribution_of_Mother_Teresa

            In
            addition to her lifelong dedication to caring for the sick, the dying and the
            needy, Mother Teresa’s major accomplishment was the founding of the Order of
            the Missionaries of Charity. In 1950, she received permission from
            the Catholic Church to found an organization to help the needy, and over her
            lifetime, it grew to operate more than 500 missions in more than 100 countries.

            Mother Teresa’s driving goal
            was to provide aid to those that society forgot. She brought aid to orphans and
            the homeless, cared for the sick and dying, and even worked with lepers and
            those with diseases that made it difficult to find a place in society.

            In 1952, she founded the first Home for the Dying, a
            hospice that allowed those with terminal illnesses to spend their last days
            with dignity and surrounded by compassion. Notably, these establishments were
            not dedicated to the Catholic faith, allowing those who followed other paths to
            receive rites and rituals appropriate to their beliefs.

            Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in
            1979. She refused the usual banquet and ceremony traditionally given to award
            winners and requested instead that the $192,000 prize be distributed among the
            poor and sick in India.

            http://www.ask.com/world-view/were-accomplishments-mother-teresa-454b78491026aac2

            Today, Mother Teresa’s order runs AIDS hospices,
            orphanages and charities throughout the world.
            Born in Macedonia, Mother Teresa joined the Loreto Sisters of Dublin at
            the age of 18. She served as a novitiate in India, later becoming a citizen of
            that country. In 1946, she was called by God to serve the poorest of the poor,
            and she spent the rest of her life doing so.

            http://www.ask.com/history/mother-teresa-s-greatest-achievement-dacca68a60cdef2c?qo=questionPageSimilarContent

          • KDC

            Well let me see…
            Where did I get it? Good grief, it’s all out there, Go read it for yourself. I knew nothing about this till I looked it up, thanks to you.

          • KDC

            Where did I get it? Good grief, it’s all out there, Go read it for yourself. I knew nothing about this till I looked it up, thanks to you.

    • Nita1931

      I am not a Catholic but totally refute your hateful SLIME that Mother Teresa had millions of dollars and didn’t give any to the poor. Try to produce evidence – you won’t find any. The truth is that she spent her life living amongst the poor in India and helping them as much as she could. She knew as well as I do that Our Father in Heaven does not feel glorified by poverty. He requires us to help one another, which is what Mother Teresa did. Propaganda? You are full of it!

      • reggie

        Just one article, you can google many more. I will not waste my time doing your research beyond this.

  • Alfred Moniot

    I’m sure glad I resigned from the useless RC church 5 or so decades ago.

    Frankie is a communist fool!

    • Bowserb

      It’s only 35 years since I dropped out. This pope just reinforces my decision.

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