Pope Francis Didn't Say the Name of Jesus Before Congress

The Best Part of the Pope’s Speeches Didn’t Happen

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As you’ve likely heard, Pope Francis didn’t do the one thing he really should have done when addressing the United States Congress. He chastised over the issues, quoted intelligent people from history about modern day events, and discussed many secular concerns with secular examples.

He did not, however, mention the Lord and Savior once.

When Peter, described by most Catholics to be the first pope, was told not to mention Jesus Christ, they couldn’t stop him.

28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.Acts 5:28-29 (KJV)

The opposite occurred with Pope Francis. Many men and women have invoked the name of Jesus Christ when addressing Congress; they would not have stopped him and would have even encouraged it. Of course, he didn’t mention Jesus at any of his speeches so far.

This particular pope, the “people’s pope,” conspicuously chose not to use the name that he allegedly adores. He demonstrated that he’s a spiritual leader, a political leader, and an inspirational speaker. There are plenty of those in the world. There’s one pope (technically there are two right now, but that’s just semantics) and if anyone should use the platform of the United States Congress to reach the audience with the Gospel, it’s him.

At least that’s what one would think.

It turns out it’s not uncommon for a pope to skip mentioning the Lord. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict often avoided using His name as well.

In an atmosphere where religious liberties are under attack in western cultures, where Christians are being murdered in other countries, and where militant atheism, Islam, and other religions areĀ on the rise around the world, the pope should be using his power to reach everyone he can with the message of the Gospel even if he feels compelled to do so intermixed with discussions about climate change and immigration reform. That’s not ideal, but it would have been better than the purely secular pope we were treated to this week.

This is not an attack on Catholics, many of whom are strong in their faith of Jesus Christ. This is purely disappointment in a man who made a poor choice. The mainstream media might enjoy it. Liberals, atheists, and secular practitioners probably support his choice. Protestants and even Catholics should be appalled by the strange omission.

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