Maloney statement on Pope Francis’ address to Congress

Sep 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) who attended Pope Francis’ address to Congress and will later attend the Vespers service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City today released the following statement:

“Today the Pope of the Holly See issued a clarion call for the world, and more specifically for Congress, to come together and work as one to solve the problems that beset us for the common good. From the very moment the Pope addressed us all as “the land of the free and the home of the Brave” until his final words, I have never seen Congress more receptive to a message. So often in Congress we become entrapped by the minutia of legislation, and the politics of the moment. But what Pope Francis did today was refocus our attention to our guiding principles and moral imperatives.

“Pope Francis reminded us that the pursuit of social justice is deeply ingrained in our own history, and he presented multiple ways we can continue marching toward that goal today.

“We can and should take action to stop all the forms of modern day slavery. We can and should take action to address global environmental challenges like climate change. We can and should take action to address the global arms trade, which the Pope said was ‘drenched in blood.’ We can and should follow the Golden Rule, reform our immigration system, and do more to address the global refugee crisis. We can and should do more to support the poor, and reform our economy so that it can sustain new families. These priorities are in keeping with the trajectory of our history as a nation.

“It is my hope that His Holiness's admonition that ‘politics is an expression of our need to live as one’ will inspire a renewed commitment to stand united, to set aside our differences and to confront head on the economic and social challenges we face.”