By Kevin “Coach” Collins
For adherent Catholics the announcement of the pending visit of Pope Francis promised much. Some felt that perhaps the Vatican had finally realized that the American Catholic Church represents the very future survival of the Catholic Church worldwide.
There was great hope among some that Francis would come to America and say, “Thank you America; thank you for always being there in times of need for so many around the world, even those who hate you as the Bible directs; thank you American Catholics for contributing so much to support foreign missions; thank you for being the pro-life beacon in a world bent on the destruction of innocent human life; thank you America for taking in more immigrants than all other countries in the world combined; thank you for sending your young men and women to fight tyranny around the world where they risked their lives for the sake of others; thank you America for twice freeing the people of Europe, the land of my forefathers, and thank you for your Catholic hospitals and schools that make the world a better place.”
To the delight of liberals, Francis said virtually none of this. Instead he is now being praised for not being too harsh on Americans, Catholic and otherwise – as if that is what we really deserved. On the contrary Francis is not being criticized for saying nothing in defense of innocent Christians being slaughtered by the Muslims he insists are a peaceful lot.
Equally distressing is the fact that the New York Times has used the weakness Francis displayed to once again challenge the Church’s position on the status of Catholic women within our Church. More than this, the Times goes as far as quoting a Francis biographer who cheers him on for his “uncompromising stance on climate change.” Climate change!
American Catholics don’t need a champion of the Climate Change hoax. They need a champion of Catholic doctrines and traditions.
On the streets outside of America’s Catholic churches a political cauldron is bubbling. There is a seething anger toward Washington, especially its Republicans; but inside the churches there is anger as well. There is anger that not one Catholic public supporter of abortion has even been threatened with ex-communication. There is anger that the Conference of Catholic Bishops won’t step up to defend hard working Catholic men and women who are losing their jobs and sometimes far more to those who care little about the Commandment against coveting thy neighbor’s goods; they are angry at having the tuition money they work so hard for going to support functions on so-called Catholic college campuses that violate Catholic doctrine.
The papal visit will eventually be seen as having done little to change that condition.
Americans, Catholics or not, don’t need to be told to do more good in the world; for goodness sake we lead the world in all such categories! We need somebody somewhere to say, “Thank and please keep up the great work.”
Sadly an opportunity to do so has been lost.