- Dec 10, 2019
Though Catholic liberals aren’t cheering Donald Trump’s upset win on Tuesday night, they might hope for a consolation prize, which is that given the likely conflict zones with the new administration, the US bishops could increasingly prioritize what are typically seen as progressive causes.
“I think often of the imprisoned, I think of them often, I carry them in my heart,” Pope Francis said at his general audience yesterday, in the latest of his weekly teachings on the works of mercy.
Although Francis and Donald Trump have plenty of reasons to clash, the evidence shows that pope and president could still meet halfway.
Father Giovanni Matteo Adami was a Jesuit missionary in Japan sentenced to a form of torture known as “tsurushi,” or “reverse hanging,” in which the condemned person would be dangled by their feet with a rope, placed halfway into a ditch with dirt at the bottom, until they recanted the faith or died.
The natural instinct likely will be to forecast a rocky relationship between the US and the Vatican as long as Donald Trump and Pope Francis are the figures in charge, yet there are at least three areas in which a surprising partnership could potentially emerge.
No matter who wins today, Trump or Clinton, observers forecast a potentially rocky relationship with the Vatican. The good news is that would be nothing new for Pope Francis, who’s got a lifetime of experience in dealing with difficult leaders.