WASHINGTON – As Pope Francis delivered the first-ever papal address to a joint session of Congress Thursday, Catholics who gathered on the Capitol lawn praised the content of the pontiff's speech, while Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, expressed disappointment that the pope did not explicitly condemn abortion.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Lankford, a former Baptist youth leader who attended the joint session, said that Pope Francis missed a golden opportunity to discuss the Catholic Church's historic opposition to the killing of unborn children at a time when the federal funding of Planned Parenthood is being hotly contested in the United States.
In his 50-minute address, Francis asserted that the "Golden Rule reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development." Although that line is generally used in relation to abortion and caring for the elderly and sick, Pope Francis used the line as a segway to argue for the global abolition of the death penalty. more >>
Many of the Republican presidential candidates at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. Friday expressed frustration and anger directed toward the Washington establishment. The largest cheers in the room were usually when a candidate addressed the fact that Republican John Boehner, R-Ohio, was resigning as House Speaker at the end of October.
Many of the candidates offered rousing defenses of the right to life, religious liberty, and family values, but the common recurring theme often centered upon dysfunction and the lack of leadership in Washington.
Below are nine notable quotes from the summit: more >>
A number of Republican presidential candidates took swipes at Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, during their speeches at the Values Voter Summit upon hearing Friday morning's news that Boehner will resign from office.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said it was "time to turn the page" on the era of John Boehner's tenure of Speaker of the U.S. House at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. Friday, noting that politicians are more "out of touch" than ever.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has perhaps sparred with GOP leadership on Capitol Hill the most, seemed to delight even more in the news of Boehner's resignation. Cruz credited those assembled with helping to oust the Speaker of the House. more >>
A new documentary based on the infamous late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a patient and born-alive babies is scheduled to debut in November.
Titled "3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy," the filmmakers released a new trailer for the documentary via YouTube earlier this week.
Jennifer Brown, producer of "3801 Lancaster," told The Christian Post that this documentary will be a longer version of a previous a 20-minute film created before Gosnell's trial. more >>
Pope Francis offered his support to the Little Sisters of the Poor in a quiet visit to a group of nuns fighting back against the Obama's administration's birth control mandate included in the Affordable Care Act.
The visit, according to Father Federico Lombardi, a papal spokesman, confirmed that the Pope's appearance was a sign of support for the Little Sisters in their legal fight.
Last month, The Little Sisters of the Poor were granted a short-term exemption from the mandate by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, where they are hopeful their case will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. more >>
This week, the U.S. Senate is considering bills to ban abortions after 20 weeks; to defund Planned Parenthood; and to hold abortion providers criminally liable for failing to provide medical care to babies born alive. Despite this, Pope Francis reportedly will focus his comments during his U.S. visit on climate change, not life issues. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford finds this sad and puzzling.
Lankford, a cosponsor of the bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, spoke with me Monday about the pope's visit. He also addressed the pending pro-life legislation and the battle over defunding Planned Parenthood, which could lead to a government shutdown.