‘Pope Francis’ Calls for ‘Tolerant and Inclusive Society’ in White House Speech

PopeWASHINGTON — In his speech at the White House on Wednesday, the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis called for a “tolerant and inclusive society” while simultaneously asking for respect for religious liberty and efforts to address global warming.

“Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination,” he said before a gathering of approximately 11,000 attendees, which applauded his statement.

“With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty,” Francis added. “That freedom reminds one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”

During his brief speech, the pontiff asked Barack Obama to do more to combat global warming.

“Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution,” he said. “Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to our future generation.”

“I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development so that our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which God wills for all his children,” Francis stated.

The speech was part of the pontiff’s six-day visit to the United States, which will include stops in Philadelphia and New York City. He is expected to address Congress during his visit as well, but some lawmakers, including those of the Roman Catholic faith, are vowing to boycott his appearance because of his plans to speak on climate change.

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Rep. Paul Gosar announced his decision to skip the event on his public Facebook page last Thursday.

“I have made the difficult decision to boycott the Pope’s address to Congress … after numerous media outlets reported His Holiness would be spending much of his address supporting climate change policies instead of using this opportunity to advocate for religious tolerance and the sanctity of life,” he wrote.

“As an elected Representative, and as a practicing Catholic, I have both a moral obligation and leadership responsibility to call out leaders, regardless of their titles, who ignore the ongoing Christian persecution in the Middle East as well as the abortion epidemic in the United States,” Gosar said.

He also wrote in an op-ed for Town Hall that “when the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one.”


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  • Josey

    In other words he would like to build a kingdom here on this earth in which Christians understand that we are only passing through, the poop whoops I meant pope wants a utopia where the government decides who gets what, they control food, water, how much electricity we use, etc… and then they control the people but of course those elites won’t live like that, they will have plenty for their god is their belly, they don’t live like that now, look at how much money was spent just for this one visit of his. He may sound like he is for the poor of the world (looks like a lamb but speaks as a dragon) but as Jesus said the poor we will always have with us and yes Jesus did care for the poor just as His children do but more importantly it is the eternal Jesus was more concerned with for this world will pass away and God will make all things right and new. As a matter of fact the Country where this false pope came from was Buenos Aires, Argentina and clearly his socialist agenda has worked well there, end sarcasm.

  • Mark Bouckaert

    He’s a man like any other man. Imperfect. But he has dedicated his life to perusing God’s word and his message is welcome.

    Yes we can help the poor as Jesus did.

    Yes we can defend the persecuted as Jesus did.

    Yes we have love for our fellow man as Jesus did.

    Yes we have a common ground and yes we will work as Jesus taught us to act.

    • Josey

      Christians do help the poor and much more w/out making a big show of it and w/out spouting a NWO socialist agenda that leaves Jesus out of the picture. Anyone that has to go to an imperfect man and confess their sins for forgiveness of their sins by saying 10 hail marys or whatever is told them to do has bigger issues, people are lost w/out Christ. Christ said call no one father on earth and he wasn’t referring to our earthly fathers, he was referring to the worship and adoration that this man who allows himself to be called the “holy see” and “Father” and the many other priests who allow themselves to be called father. They are not Christ’s representatives on earth, Christ true followers who have the fruit of the Holy Spirit are and the the Pope is not to take Christ’s place on earth either and now he’s not even preaching the gospel, not sure he preached it before but now he has become a political figure concerned with the earth. The pope should adhere to this scripture in Matthew 6:19-21 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. God is taking care of the earth, the pope won’t adhere to what he is preaching against others on taking from others and giving it to others, you won’t see him allowing the poor and wretched move into his palace, he is a hypocrite, a sheep in wolves clothing. Soon he will be judged by God because he will not repent of his sins, he thinks he is OK and pure and has no need to humble himself before God, it is evident by his actions which show his fruit is not of the Holy Spirit but if you feel you need to worship the creation rather than the Creator, God won’t stop you, you have free will but remember this there will be consequences to your foolish choices, you will not be able to take them back when God says enough! Right now God is showing His mercy and grace toward mankind and giving many signs in the earth and the heavens above to give time to repent but that will come to an end so now is the day of salvation, tomorrow is not promised to any of us, don’t be a fool, accept Christ now while you have the chance.

      • Mark Bouckaert

        As I stated, he is a man. Can you not find common ground as Jesus would? Is there not room in your heart to love both God and his creations?

      • Names_Stan

        Well you just have all the answers, doncha.

        But for someone with all the answers, you sure come off about as bitter as anyone posting here. Whether loving or hating, the energy expended is the same. Seems like a lot of energy was expended on these anti-Catholic diatribes. Even as you accept most all the orthodoxy they chose for us, you don’t come close to understanding their denomination.

        A denomination that’s been around at least 1500 years longer than your own. Probably more like 1900+ years if I had to guess.

        • Josey

          I actually love Catholics and I feel sad for them because they are being deceived by those who lead the RC church, the leaders of the Catholic church want to rule people, they even have a power struggle among themselves as to who should rule. But as for those who claim to be Catholic and go to mass they are good people but being good isn’t going to get one any closer to Christ or to Heaven nor will following rituals. Jesus said you must be born again, born of the Spirit. It angers me what the pope says and how many are worshipping him and adoring him when Christ deserves the worship, Jesus alone deserves it and it angers me when the antichrists, those devils blaspheme my precious Jesus Christ because He was beaten and bruised for us, He allowed Himself to be hung on a cross like a criminal even though He alone was righteous and sinless and He took our criminal and sinful acts upon Himself so we could be free from sin, for whom the Son sets free is free indeed. And for the Pope to stand up in front of the world and call Christ a failure is blasphemous, Catholics should know by that statement what kind of false prophet he is and should begin to question their very belief in that system. And I could care less how long the Catholic denomination has been around, I don’t belong to a denomination, I belong to God’s family, HUGE difference.

          • Martin Gran

            Save your love for all of your fellow self righteous, non-Christian protestants whose hearts are filled with hate.

      • Annemarie Olson

        Amen Josey, Well said. One thing also is the Bible says not to change the Words in the Scriptures, (Bible) or the plagues in the Bible will come upon you. There are so many things in the Catholic Bible that are different then the Original Text, and you can go back in time and study where they were added. It was all a control thing I am guessing. It is easy to see we are in the end. Glory be to God and may the Lord Jesus be with us and strengthen us for what lies ahead.

        • Names_Stan

          If you know where “the Original Text” is, I can arrange a gigantic finder’s fee by end of business today.

          I figure market value at around $100 Million, depending on the condition. Furthermore if any modern translation mirrors the Original Text exactly, their publishers will probably double that offer.

        • Chrissy Vee

          Amen!

      • sandra-paquette-

        Josey – the Catholic church has never preached the gospel I have known so many catholics and talk to them. And just by talking you can tell they don’t know the gospel by the answers they give. By reading your article you got it right.

        • Martin Gran

          You can teach a parrot to recite passages from the bible and that is exactly what most protestants are…parrots!

          • sandra-paquette-

            You really don’t get it, I can tell by your answer. You don’t understand it is not about the Pope not about any religion. Religion will not get you to heaven. It is what Christ did for man. The shedding of his blood on Calvary. This is what it is about. No man has died for you or me only CHRIST. Only Christ can forgive our sins. It is about us coming to repentance for our sins before him (Christ) not man. Only Christ is our Father. Try searching the Bible for answers – anyone can be a parrot.

          • Martin Gran

            I more then get it. It is more than obvious that you are the one who does not get. “Try searching the bible for answer!) That is somewhat funny coming from a member of the protestant faith which removed 7 books from the bible!

  • Chrissy Vee

    Paul Gosar is a wise man, not fooled by this wolf in sheep’s clothing (most likely THE false prophet who will force the world to worship the antichrist..) May God protect the true followers of Jesus Christ from the deceit blanketing this country and globe. May people open their eyes before it’s too late!

    • Names_Stan

      I think more of us are rolling our eyes instead.
      I know why the Hal Lindsey’s or LaHaye’s and Jenkins’ run on about antichrist popes. They make money on it.
      I have no idea why their followers do.

      • Chrissy Vee

        I follow Christ, not man. Everything in Revelation describing the false prophet of Antichrist thus far points to this pope. So that is why these men “run on” about it.

        • Names_Stan

          Okay, that’s an interesting claim. What are these passages that point at Frances? How would you know it was him and not a hundred other popes or preachers or elected officials?

    • Valri

      Yes, I’m not surprised you’re a Catholic basher, it’s right in line with so many of your other fundamentalist teachings.

      • Chrissy Vee

        And I bashed Catholics when? Read my post and then try again.

        • Valri

          “This wolf in sheep’s clothing”
          “THE false prophet”

          No, nothing anti-Catholic there, sweetheart. Keep it up, you’re a bang-up model of a Christian.

          • Chrissy Vee

            I was speaking of the pope, honey dumpling poopy pie. Keep trying. Come on, you can do it!

      • Josey

        You call her a Catholic basher because she sees the truth of the matter and refuses to be deceived and speaks the truth of God’s word. Since when is knowing the difference between a lie and the truth considered being a basher of anyone or thing? Only the unwise can only come up with labels that aren’t even true hoping to distract but you make no sense and only cause hate and division with your unfounded innuendos. Wide is the road to destruction and there be many who are on it following one another and narrow is the road to life and there be few who find it. It is only found through faith in Christ Jesus, Lord and Saviour of all, even those who refuse Him will still bow before Him for what He is can’t be changed by all the deceptive talk or hate in this world. He is Lord over all and in spite of your hate and name calling He allowed them to hang Him on a cross when He never did a thing wrong or ever sinned, didn’t deserve it as we did deserve to hang on that cross for our sins but instead He took our place, shed His precious blood for you and me to give you and I a choice of life instead of death and a eternity separated from a Holy and Righteous God which we deserve. Choose ye this day whom you will serve!

        • Valri

          I call her – and you – Catholic bashers because you’ve been taught an alternate version of Christianity where you’re right and everyone else is wrong. And given that there are over 40,000 denominations of Christianity, all of which sprung from Catholicism in one way or another, it’s more than a bit ridiculous of you to suggest that your version’s right and the people who were doing it for centuries before you are the wrong ones.

        • Chrissy Vee

          ♥!

        • Martin Gran

          What truth? Her bent opinion is far from the truth.

  • robertzaccour

    What does the pope have to do with Christian news? He’s not a Christian he’s Catholic.

    • Mark Bouckaert

      Catholics are Christians. Christianity is the following of Jesus Christ’s ways as he was the Messiah, the son of God.

      • robertzaccour

        Catholic doctrine doesn’t closely follow the teachings of the Bible. I don’t want to get into specifics and turn this into a bashing fest so I digress.

        • Valri

          That’s because Catholic doctrine isn’t Bible-only, and you disagree because you’ve been taught Bible-only.

        • Joseph Essien-Obot

          There is absolutely no contrast between Catholic doctrine and Scripture. The Bible was compiled by the Church to specifically preserve Catholic Christian doctrine. Opponents of Christ’s divinity often quoted documents certain communities considered scriptural in nature to defend their positions, this prompted the Church to establish a Canon or Rule of Scripture declaring it the inerrant word of God which we, today, call the Bible. So, I don’t know what you’re talking about.

        • Martin Gran

          Not only do you digress but you are wrong in your opinion.

    • Names_Stan

      Exactly! Ever-body been Baptists and Penn-costals, all the way back to Peter and Paul. Who them Cath’lics think they is?

    • Martin Gran

      We are original Christians, we are still Christian, and when the end of time does come we will still be Christians!

    • sandra-paquette-

      By to-day’s standard anyone who believes in anything makes you a Christian. We live in a world of “Lies” the world doesn’t want the truth.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107717006956852938988/posts PDS The Christian View

    Someone please tell the Pope that Muslims killed over 100 people yesterday in Nigeria. If he wants to preach tolerance he should be talking to Muslims, not us.

    • afchief

      Yep, what you said

  • Shaun D.

    The pope is closer to Satan, than to God almighty.

    He’s no leader of truth in any way, especially since he calls God a lair!

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      “The pope is closer to Satan, than to God almighty.”

      Why? Because he’s a Catholic Christian and you’re not? Or because you are now the Judge of the universe?

  • Josey

    If the Pope truly did care about God and Christ He would be teaching the word of God instead of concerning himself with this world and it’s political goals and socialist agenda, he would teach people about faith in God such as in Hebrews 13:5,6 vs5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. vs6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Wars are fought because of covetousness and jealousy not religion. True religion gives and is about faith in the Creator and knowing that one is accountable to Him above all.

    • Valri

      He IS teaching the word of God. It just happens to be an interpretation you’ve been taught to hate.

      • Josey

        He failed to give God glory in that horrendous speech of his and didn’t hear him talking of faith in Jesus Christ at all. He talked a lot about what we as people can or should do for the “earth” but showed no faith in God the Creator of the earth to take care of His own. He’s not teaching God’s word and his heart is not near God’s heart, when you love someone dearly, you speak of them all the time, all the pope spoke about is what we have to do in raising up poor countries and though he did not say this directly but his theory is in order to bring up poorer nations, Western Nations have to be brought down to the level of the poorer countries for equality, meaning he wants to take a lot more from us to give to them and the truth is we are one of the greatest nations who have given more aid, more money, more meds, etc than any other country, America is full of giving people.. He sounds like Judas Iscariot with his speeches about the poor and Judas didn’t care about the poor, he pretended to but he wanted the purse for himself. Jesus loves all people, sinners, that’s why He as God came in the human flesh as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, the perfect Lamb of God He was and He is the only way to be forgiven. The truth is there will be no world peace, just when the world thinks it has achieved world peace and when they say, “we are dwelling in peace and safety” sudden destruction comes upon them because they fail to see that true peace can only come from the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Come Lord Jesus, Come.

        • Valri

          His speech was fine. He wasn’t there as the fundamentalists would like to preach doom and gloom and fire and brimstone and hate. He was trying to achieve a meeting of the minds and he was very successful. Of course he teaches God’s word. It just happens to conflict with the fundamentalist teachings you’ve learned.

          • Josey

            The popes speech was about a NWO, a order without the one True God in it. Sorry Valrl, it isn’t going to happen. Almighty God owns this earth and the fullness thereof and He’s Ruler over it, not man. God’s word will not return void unto Him but will accomplish all that He sends it to do and a New Heaven and Earth that He creates with the Lord Jesus Christ as King of all Kings ruling it, not a man or pope can create such a thing or rule over it. The best thing the pope can do is turn His life over to Christ but he has made it clear that he will never trust in Christ alone so man will fail again as in times past and all will be done according to God’s will. All glory, honour and power unto Him alone, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!

          • Valri

            “The popes speech was about a NWO, a order without the one True God in it.”

            No it wasn’t, Josey. Please try not to be ridiculous.

          • sandra-paquette-

            You, my dear know nothing. No point arguing. Unless a person is looking for the truth you will not believe anything said. And you sure won’t find truth in the POPE.

          • Valri

            Right, you’ll only find it in your little fundamentalist snake oil salesman who knows so much more.

        • Joseph Essien-Obot

          The fact that everybody knows he is a Christian gives glory to God. The fruit he bears draws onlookers to Christ. He says by his life, “To God be the Glory!”

      • sandra-paquette-

        And what were to taught?? The Catholic church have no idea about salvation let alone anything else. Raping kids what did the church do about it…..NOTHING I could go on and on.

        • Valri

          Raping kids? Like that doesn’t go on in YOUR denomination too? Hypocrite.

          • sandra-paquette-

            You know arguing about something you don’t understand is ridiculous #1 it is about the cross what Christ did for us, on Calvary he paid a high price for us. Only through him do we make it to heaven. Only he can forgive our sin NO one else. No else is holy our goodness are like filthy rags. Christ has given us a choice to accept him or not if we accept him into our life and come into repentance and live according to his word (Bible) we become his and will go to heaven that is a promise. If we reject him we go to hell. The Pope or anyone else minister anyone did not die for you only Christ and that is the gospel.

          • Valri

            You’re wasting my time. You are a fundamentalist and therefore have been fully indoctrinated with ignorance, lies and hatred about a church you have taken no time to learn about.

          • sandra-paquette-

            You are right, I’m wasting my time on someone who believes nothing.

        • Joseph Essien-Obot

          Nothing, they did. That’s why they’re the only organization in the world that have laid out protocols that specifically protect children making the Catholic Church today the safest place for children in the world today. What has your Church done? or the public school nearby you?

          • sandra-paquette-

            You are so out to lunch.

  • FoJC_Forever

    The pope is the leader of one of the largest cults in human history. Catholicism and other religions pretending to be Christianity are the false doctrines, heresies, and false ministries we are warned were going to come as recorded in the Scriptures. Those who follow Jesus (the) Christ know Him and follow Him, trusting in the power of God to save us from our Sin and to transform us to be ready to enter into the Kingdom of God.

    Satan, not being able to defeat Christianity, transforms himself into a spirit of light and works through those who pretend to be ministers of righteousness. Those who follow these false ones, even when the LORD reveals who they are and whom they serve, are willingly being deceived by the Devil. Those who want to know the LORD and be saved from their Sin, will know the LORD.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

    • Martin Gran

      You are so funny with the trash that you post. You wouldn’t know the truth, or Christ for that matter, if it were looking straight into your dark empty eyes!

      • FoJC_Forever

        Your comment is irrelevant, as is your opinion about me. If you choose to embrace the pagan religion of Catholicism, then you choose Death and Darkness.

        • Martin Gran

          So you say. We are the Church that was founded by Christ whereas your cult church was founded by people that could nor or would not follow the truth.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You’re simply a liar, led by the Devil. you want this. You seek Darkness. You seek the pagans ways of the world, and so you find them.

            Catholics are murderers. Catholics are apostates. Catholicism is the spawn of Satan, and those who embrace it will suffer his Judgement.

          • Martin Gran

            Sounds as if you have some spiritual emotional issues that you need to deal with. I would suggest that you stop posting your non-Christian trash on the internet and actually grow up.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Ut eos commune interesset, an est augue gloriatur, albucius ponderum voluptaria no nec. Nibh debet meliore ei quo, dico liber cu sed. Ne diceret detracto vel. Utroque appareat has et, eum cu ferri civibus.

  • Dave_L

    According to the Bible and the Catholics, the Papacy is the Antichrist.

    • Vicar = substitute.

    • Vicar of Christ = Substitute of Christ

    • Antichrist (Greek) = substitute of Christ

    Catholic Encyclopedia; Vicar of Christ (Latin Vicarius Christi). A title of the
    pope implying his supreme and universal primacy, both of honour and of
    jurisdiction, over the Church of Christ.

    The Oxford Dictionary says; [Vicar] Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from
    Old French vicaire, from Latin vicarius ‘substitute’.

    So, a Vicar of Christ is another way of saying a substitute for Christ.

    The Greek Bible definition for “Antichrist” is also substitute of Christ!

    The BAGD Lexicon says; Anti means; to indicate that one person or thing is,
    or is to be, replaced by another. Instead of, in place of.

    An example is Matthew 20:28 where Jesus offers Vicarious Atonement.

    Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and
    to give his life a ransom for (for = anti = instead of) many.

    The Bible uses “anti” 22 times meaning “substitute”. Only 8 times translated
    as “against”.

    So where the Biblical use of Antichrist includes someone who is against Christ, it more easily lends itself to someone who stands in the place of Christ much in the same way as the Papacy.

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      Very interesting. Speaking in code. Why don’t we just understand it in simple English, ‘Representative’ or ‘Assistant’ or ‘Deputy’!

      Anti- in English denotes contrast as opposed to something. Antichrist, opposed to Christ. Antivirus, opposed to virus. Anti-religion, opposed to religion.

      While the etymologies of these words and prefixes are interesting they don’t always perfectly represent quite the same meaning in English or whatever languages they go into.

      • Dave_L

        Yes, but in order to understand the Bible we must define the original languages by the common usage of the day.

        • Joseph Essien-Obot

          Oh SURE my dear Dave, but what you were doing is tracing the roots or origins of English words. You were not analyzing the words that were actually used in the original language(s) of the Scriptures. That makes a world of difference.

          • Dave_L

            I’m using lexicons based on the Bible source words and their common usage in writings from the first century. What more is there?

          • Joseph Essien-Obot

            You can fish out the Greek that was used and translated into English as the Antichrist. It is the Greek, or original language word, that is important here, not its translated version.

          • Dave_L

            I agree. This is why I listed my original language lexicon as a reference. (BDAG)

  • Rebecca

    Sorry popey, anything you say that goes against the Bible, just further proves what a compromiser you are overall.

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      What do you mean? That being tolerant and inclusive is against the Bible? What makes you think he’s not talking about being tolerant of migrants and inclusive of the poor, his two major soft spots? Or is everything anybody says based on American political language?

  • Nidalap

    Notably silent: The FFRF, apparently not bothered at all that we’ve brought the leader of the Catholic faith to speak at the White House. The Satanists (What, no demand for equal time?). The atheists (Aaaaaaaah!!! Theocracy! You’re trying to create a theocracy!!!).
    You can tell as much from silence as from speach in some cases…

    • Josey

      yep! birds of a feather flock together,

  • Wayne McLaw

    the pope is a wolf in sheep clothing don’t be deceived for even satan himself is transform into an angel of light don’t be surprise if his ministers are transform into ministers of righteousness the pope is that man of sin in thessalonions that antichrist the devil right hand man he acting like christ but don’t be deceive he is a jesuit the jesuit are dangerous and heartless he dosnt believe the scripture he believe in tradition the word of god is above man made tradition there is an agenda to make people receive the mark of the beast

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      2 Thessalonians 2:15, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the TRADITIONS which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”

      Emphasis mine. I’d suppose then that Paul is a collaborator, telling us of traditions while the word of God flowed from his pen.

  • Valri

    What is it with the mocking quotation marks on this site? He’s not ‘Pope Francis’ and he’s not “The Roman Catholic Pontiff Known as Francis”. He’s Pope Francis.

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      My brother! It’s beyond me too.