Well this strikes PopeWatch as a very bad idea:
House Speaker John Boehner wants Pope Francis to come to Washington D.C. and address the entire Congress. It would mark the first time the head of the Catholic Church personally spoke before Congress.
“Pope Francis has inspired millions of Americans with his pastoral manner and servant leadership, challenging all people to lead lives of mercy, forgiveness, solidarity, and humble service,” Boehner said in an email announcing that he had invited the Holy Father. “His tireless call for the protection of the most vulnerable among us – the ailing, the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the impoverished, the unborn – has awakened hearts on every continent.”
Boehner, an Ohio Republican who is Catholic, expressed admiration for the Pope’s success in getting people in the United States from all ideological and religious walks of life to examine human rights and social justice.
Boehner appeared to take a swipe at the Obama administration when he bemoaned “crony capitalism” and the “ongoing centralization of political power in the institutions of our federal government, which threaten to disrupt the delicate balance between the twin virtues of subsidiarity and solidarity.”
Go here to read the rest. The Pope is a head of State as well as the Church, but the idea of having the Pope address Congress leaves PopeWatch feeling queasy. Such a political forum, at its worst a den of thieves, does not seem a fit venue for the Vicar of Christ. However, Saint Paul did address the Athenian Areopagus to preach the Gospel, so perhaps the qualms of PopeWatch are misplaced. It certainly would be fun to see anti-Catholics of all persuasions go berserk as a result up and down this great land!