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house Bill H. Res. 15

Dear Pope Francis, You're the Best. Love, Congress

Argument in favor

Pope Francis is very influential across the country and the world. He's also the first pope to address Congress — it's the least the House can do.

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09/24/2015
"Pope Francis is clearly one of the important religious and moral leaders not only in the world today but in modern history." [twitter.com]
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09/24/2015
"Welcome to the White House, @Pontifex! Your messages of love, hope, and peace have inspired us all." [twitter.com/POTUS]
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09/24/2015
"The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!" [twitter.com/realDonaldTrump]
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Argument opposed

The House shouldn't be using their time and taxpayer dollars to vote on bills that praise religious figures. If you're proud of the pope, tell him on your own time.

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08/11/2015
The legislature should Stay out of these types of matters. If you want to congratulate him, write him a letter on your personal letterhead.
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Michael's Opinion
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08/12/2015
I love the new pope. The government should stay out of the religion business.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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07/18/2015
Too Socialist! Worries about global warming and says capitalists are dung!
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simple resolution Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

What is House Bill H. Res. 15?

This house resolution  congratulates Pope Francis on his election (all the way back in 2013) and "[recognizes] his inspirational statements and actions." 

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is the first Pope (as the 266th) to be born outside of Europe. The resolution also notes that the House should recognize Francis because: 
  • "On March 28, 2013, he broke from tradition during the washing of feet, when he washed the feet of 12 criminals, including two women, becoming the first pope to include women in the rite;
  • On November 6, he displayed his charity by caressing a man with severe disfigurement;
  • When asked to describe himself during an interview with a Jesuit magazine, he replied “I am a sinner”;"
The pontiff is scheduled to deliver an address to a joint session of Congress on September 24, 2015 during his visit to the U.S. — it will be the first time a pope has visited the capitol.  

Impact

Members of the House of Representatives, Congress, Pope Francis, religious communities across the U.S., and people in the U.S. with opinions about the pope.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 15

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable — but like most resolutions, it's probably safe to assume that it won't impact the federal budget.

More Information

Of Note: The media has done its part to poke fun at Congress, asking whether or not legislators will be able to "behave themselves" in front of His Holiness Pope Francis.

While Francis will be addressing the "most Catholic Congress ever," his papal record has ruffled more than a few feathers among conservatives. Mother Jones notes: 

"In a sharp departure from his predecessors in the Vatican, Francis' statements on such issues as climate change, divorce, homosexuality, and abortion have rankled conservatives around the world. The pushback on some of his more progressive interpretations of Catholic teachings has also angered many Catholics, triggering what the Washington Post described as a "conservative rebellion" within the church." 

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(Photo Credit: Flickr user Boston Catholic)

Official Title

Congratulating Pope Francis on his election and recognizing his inspirational statements and actions.

    "Pope Francis is clearly one of the important religious and moral leaders not only in the world today but in modern history." [twitter.com]
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    The legislature should Stay out of these types of matters. If you want to congratulate him, write him a letter on your personal letterhead.
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    "Welcome to the White House, @Pontifex! Your messages of love, hope, and peace have inspired us all." [twitter.com/POTUS]
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    He's just the coolest...
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    I love the new pope. The government should stay out of the religion business.
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    "The Pope reminds us that we're measured by what we do not just what we say. Together we can make this a better world." [twitter.com/VP]
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    "The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!" [twitter.com/realDonaldTrump]
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    Too Socialist! Worries about global warming and says capitalists are dung!
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    The Pope has great influence on US Catholic Citizens, who hold a sizable population in the Northeast. Besides that, it's a nice thing to do. Especially since he's the first to be born out of Europe.
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    If individual members of Congress want to gush over the Pope, that's one thing. But I resent Congress as a whole taking such an action. The Pope may represent Catholics; he doesn't represent anyone else who calls himself/herself a Christian.
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    As a Catholic, a republican and a supporter of the pope, I do not believe this should be a conversation. It is wonderful that he visited. It's wonderful that he spoke with congress. The church has forever been and will forever be socialist in nature. You will never find something or someone where you agree 100% with. As Ronald Reagan once said, "The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally--not a 20% traitor." I do not agree with everything the pope says but I do wholeheartedly support him and his intentions. If you would like to congratulate him, please do this on your own time and with your own money. Not the tax payers.
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    No more wasting time! Let's get busy doing something important, like balancing the budget or securing the borders.
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    The government shouldn't be spending tax payer money to even debate or vote on this
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    Stop wasting money we do not have! We are in debt up to our eyeballs!
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    This meaningless. Congress has more important things to do.
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    wow, congress needs to focus on bigger fish
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    It must be costing us a fortune to keep him, our congress and all of Washington safe from some nut job, since there seems to be so many nut jobs out there these days. So the poor secret service and police have to do double duty. And who was so brilliant that the President of China and the Pope come to America on the same day.?????
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    There are more important things to consider on each of the floors such as a balanced budget. Why have a distraction from the real business. Stop Monkeying around and get down the the business at hand and fix this broken government.
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    I can't wait until this bill isn't taking up space in my feed anymore
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    I'm sorry, but the Pope should have no bearing on policy seeing as how he is not an American Citizen, and his views are purely that of Catholicism. I find it disturbing that congress and the Whitehouse expended so much time and tax payer dollars to his visit.
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