Crazy Joe Biden, spare me your praise of the Pope.
[VP “Crazy Joe” Biden met Pope Francis (“Papa Pancho”) alongside U2 guitarist David “The Edge” Howell Evans as they called for a push to find cancer cures]
By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Apr 29, 2016
I suppose this is a bit of a rant, but I’m tired of all the posturing. The latest is U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s praise of Pope Francis earlier today, when he addressed a conference at the Vatican.
Predictably, Biden praised Francis for his “compassion”. He claimed the Pontiff gave him comfort when his son died. That’s highly personal, of course, and it is just barely possible that this was very significant to Joe Biden. But when a nominally Catholic politician makes no secret of his opposition to Catholic moral teaching, anything good he says about the Pope amounts to damning with faint praise.
Especially when “compassion” is the only good word he can think to use.
For those who really couldn”t care less, however, the political art of praising the world’s chief Catholic serves as a cheap way to confuse lesser Catholics into thinking that the speaker is on the right side. “Hey, Biden likes Pope Francis. He and his party must be good guys!” Meanwhile, Donald Trump isn’t afraid to express open hostility to the Pope. This, at least, may be taken as a sign of honesty—I mean a temporary sign.
In American politics, Democrats (except for those honest enough to want God’s name stripped from the platform) are known for paying lip service to Christian values while actively seeking to undermine them at every turn. Meanwhile, Republicans (except for a very few figures kept around to lend verisimilitude to traditional claims) are known for a theoretical adhesion to Christian values while methodically avoiding all significant efforts to implement them socially.
If you were watching from outer space and did not understand political speech, you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
If you are watching from earth and do understand political speech, you will have the same problem.