Pope Francis has never set foot in this nation before, so PopeWatch would not be surprised if he is ignorant in regard to the subject of American politics. For his benefit:
When the Tokugawa shogunate was stamping out Christianity in Japan, it made use of Fumi-e (stepping on pictures). Regime officials would place pictures of Jesus or Mary before suspected Christians and order them to step on them. Refusal to do so, if persisted in, would end in execution. In our own country we are seeing the growth of a movement just as antithetical in theory to Catholicism and traditional Christianity as the Tokugawa shogunate, and it finds its home in the Democrat party.
What we have seen over the past few decades is the evolution of the Democrat party into an overtly anti-Catholic party. The Obama administration is the culmination of this trend. This of course is deeply ironic, because the Democrat party is a major party in this country with the help of the votes of tens of millions of purported Catholics.
In the past four decades the Democrats, with honorable exceptions, have championed abortion which is anathema to the teachings of the Church. The embrace of homosexuality followed, which has caused governments around the nation to drive the Church out of adoptions because the Church refuses to arrange adoptions by homosexual couples. In California, a state wholly controlled by the Democrat party, homosexual indoctrination, masquerading as education, is now mandated in public schools. For cynical political purposes the Obama administration in 2012 proposed that Catholic institutions, and individual Catholic employers, be required to provide “free” contraceptive coverage, and is quite willing to run roughshod over the First Amendment to accomplish this goal. These changes in society are the modern Fumi-e by which believing Catholics and traditional Christians are made to renounce, in effect, the teachings of Christ step by step.
It doesn’t require brilliance to see where this is all going. The powers that be in the modern Democrat party are busily constructing a society that is deeply hostile to traditional Christianity in general and to Catholicism in particular. Ultimately PopeWatch has absolutely no doubt that we are on a path, if not altered, which will end in effective second class citizenship for believers in what the Church has taught for 2000 years and, finally, active persecution. Pope Benedict sounded the alarm bells about the threat to religious liberty in America in 2012, and his words may be read here.
No doubt Pope Francis will have more important issues to occupy his time while he is here, including climate change, lending support to a move to abolish the borders of the United States and supporting calls for ever more control by Caesar of business. However, if he wishes, he might spare a few words for the menace rising in this country against Catholicism.