Bishop News: Top bishop warns against politicizing Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Americans to give Pope Francis “room” to speak later this month without having it co-opted by those looking to force him to referee political debates here at home.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, also defended the pope’s decision to say a mass in Spanish during his brief visit to the nation’s capital, saying it’s the Argentine pope’s native language, and Americans should “welcome” that decision.

“Whenever he wants to make very refined points, and especially when he wants to interact, he’s most comfortable in Spanish or in Italian. For me, I think we’re the ones, if anything, who are in the driver’s seat not to politicize that, but really to welcome it. It’s welcoming someone who’s coming to our country, and just like I do for Thanksgiving, I want to make them comfortable and make it as easy as possible for us to hear their message.” ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

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