House Republicans may block a popular piece of legislation that seeks to honor Pope Francis for his March 2013 election and recognize “his inspirational statements and actions” may not see any action, thanks to right-wing politics.
The resolution, which has 221 co-sponsors (19 Republicans and the rest Democrats), would honor the Pope before a possible 2015 appearance in Philadelphia, would praise “his commitment to economic justice and improving the lives of the poor, and his outreach to individuals from all walks of life have been universally praised and are living examples of Jesus Christ’s message.” The resolution also seeks to honor Pope Francis for being the first pontiff from the Americas.
However, since the legislation was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, nothing has happened with it. It seems there’s a problem: the Pope is just too darn liberal for American conservatives. Not only has he suggested that Americans welcome Central American refugees and condemned income inequality–but he spoke out against Saint Ronnie Reagan’s pitiful theory that if we give the rich more money, they might drop a few more pennies that the poor may scrape up.
The Hill reports:
Some Republicans believe the pope is “sounding like [President] Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged,” the GOP official said.
On trickle-down economics, the Pope wrote, “some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed.”
In a letter obtained by The Hill one of the cosponsors, Rep. John Larson (D), asked John Boehner to allow a vote on the resolution. “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.