We clearly see the geopolitics of a soft, bureaucrat, who had a pastoral tone and face, but policy had not changed at all. The American Catholic Church, and also the global north, is a church that is less church, less married, less white, and less conservative. Basically, he really came here to evangelize to immigrants, —which is a huge population— Immigrants that have come to the United States, like Latinos, and Africans, and others. He had a very pastoral and welcoming rhetoric, but that’s not enough, in my opinion, to bridge the divisions that we face.
I was really upset to see him in congress, because for a country that purports to have a separation between church and state, I thought that his presence and his speech in congress collapsed those lines clearly for me.
The Reverends Emmett G. Price III and Irene Monroe were back on Boston Public Radio for their regular Monday feature, “All Revved Up.”