Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Pope Goes To Washington
There are plenty of problems with the papacy and with the Roman Catholic Church, but you have to credit the pope for making a great speech at the White House today. Pope Benedict applauded the United States for preserving religious freedom in a historic speech on the White House
South Lawn Wednesday morning.
The Pope said in part, “America's quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based on the dominion of God the Creator.
The framers of this nation's founding documents drew upon this conviction when they proclaimed the self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights grounded in the laws of nature and of nature's god.
Freedom is not only a gift but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience,” he said. “Almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at home and abroad. The preservation of freedom calls for the cultivation of virtue, self- discipline, sacrifice for the common good, and a sense of responsibility toward the less fortunate. It also demands the courage to engage in civic life and to bring one's deepest beliefs and values to reasoned public debate. In a word, freedom is ever new. It is a challenge held out to each generation, and it must constantly be for the cause of good.
In this way, coming generations will be able to live in a world where truth, freedom and justice can flourish, a world where the God-given dignity and the rights of every man, woman and child are cherished, protected and effectively advanced.
As I begin my visit to the United States, I express once more my gratitude for the invitation, my joy to be in your midst, and my fervent prayers that Almighty God will confirm this nation and this people in the ways of justice, prosperity and peace. "
"God Bless America"