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Listening to the Pope: Francis has a lot to say

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June 23. 2018 10:34PM

Pope Francis walks up the stairs to his aircraft after his visit in Geneva, Switzerland, June 21, 2018. (Peter Klaunzer/Pool via REUTERS)



We were pleased to see so many people paying attention to the words of Pope Francis last week.

The pontiff told Reuters that he supported statements from U.S. Catholic bishops who called separation of children from their parents "contrary to our Catholic values."

Francis added, "It's not easy, but populism is not the solution."

We agree. Immigration is an incredibly complex issue. Failing to enforce our laws lights a beacon for new waves of illegal immigrants, who ignore those laws. Draconian and incompetent enforcement efforts do no good.

We wonder if those using Francis's words on immigration to bolster their criticism of the Trump administration will pay attention to anything else the Pope has to say.

Recently, Francis condemned a "throw-away culture" that fails to value and protect the sick, the poor, and the unborn. He compared the increasingly common practice of genetic testing in the womb, leading to aborting babies with Down syndrome, as comparable to the eugenics of Nazi Germany.

"Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves," he said.

Will those who took rightful offense at Corey Lewandowski's callous mocking of a child with Down syndrome also take heed when Francis stands up for babies with it?

Francis also recently repeated his defense of the traditional family, drawing the ire of a gay rights group in Ireland.

"It is painful to say this today: People speak of varied families, of various kinds of family," but "the family (as) man and woman in the image of God is the only one," Francis said.

We have not always agreed with Francis' views on politics and economics. Those who sing the Pope's tune on immigration should be familiar with the rest of the songbook.


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