by Anura Guruge
Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.
>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.
† Pope Francis’ ‘complicit silence’ …
† Pope Francis co-writes song.
† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
† Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.
† Francis says the darnest things
++++ Search on ‘pope‘ for many other posts >>>>
As is becoming the norm with this maverik, unpredictable pope
there is always two-sides to most things he does.
That is appearing to be the case with his trip to the
U.S. in September 2015.
GOOD: Making peace with the U.S. nuns.
BAD: Further upsetting the Miami Cubans.
Click to access “Washington Post” coverage.
Click to access CNN coverage.
Click for ONE of my many, many posts on this subject on my “Popes and Papacy” blog. Search on ‘nuns’ once you are at the blog.
In what was a star-crossed papacy, one of the strangest things that octogenarian Benedict (#266) permitted was that of the Vatican trying to cross swords with the much respected and beloved U.S. nuns. Even without comparison to their child-abusing ‘brothers’, the U.S. nuns, by most any measure, were Saints. So the Vatican, and the pope, was on a hiding to nowhere. Popes and the Vatican, over the centuries have tried to fight many losing causes — and this still has to be up there as one of the stupidest.
Francis can be street smart, when he puts his mind to it, and making peace with the U.S. nuns AHEAD of his trip to the U.S. was indeed a clever move. The last thing he needed while in the U.S. was having the nuns ‘mad’ at him. Plus, he will be relying on the nuns to take care of him while he is here. That is how it works. So this is all very smooth stuff.
Not so, the plan to extend the U.S. trip to include Cuba. Despite all of the immense progress made re. Cuba in the last couple of months, I do NOT think the Miami Cubans are going to be happy with that move. Lets wait and see. This is just a heads up.