Pope Francis, an Integral Part of US Politics?
On Tuesday September 22, Pope Francis will be making his first trip to the United States and is expected to be giving 18 speeches, one of which will be to Congress.
After being the one to broker a deal to reestablish ties between the United States and Cuba, the Pope hopes to influence the United States public more through his progressive outlooks on issues such as climate change, immigration, foreign relations, and economic equality. With much of his opinions in compliance with President Obama’s, he has derisively earned the nickname “Obama’s pope” by conservatives (The New York Times). Yet despite the nickname, many conservatives see the Pope’s visit as an opportune moment to further push their campaign due to their religious ties as well as an opportunity to push restrictions on both abortion and Planned Parenthood.
The framers purposely avoided incorporating religion into the Constitution. With this in mind, should political parties should be able to politicize the visit of the Pope in hopes of furthering their interests?
Despite his political influence, many believe that the Pope inherently stands for the Catholic church. If this is so, then is it justified that the Pope was the one to reestablish ties between the US and Cuba?