- May 25, 2020
Ahead of Pope Francis’s May 24 meeting with United States President Donald Trump, it’s worth looking back at previous times popes and presidents have met in person, and what was said about those encounters at the time.
When Pope Francis meets Donald Trump, it will be the latest chapter in a story that goes back to George Washington. The Vatican and the United States have never seen eye to eye on everything, but they both understand the important role each has to play in international affairs.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton praised former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness as a leader able to grow beyond what he called “a time of rage and resentment” and pursue policies such as his acceptance of police authority, his role in helping to govern a Northern Ireland state that the IRA long pledged to destroy, and his rejection of IRA splinter groups still trying to upset the peace. McGuinness died on Tuesday at the age of 66.
Although there’s a long history of politicians playing fast and loose with the truth, Trump’s team seems to have raised it to a new level, reflecting a culture that’s almost given up on the idea of truth. In the teeth of it, Catholics should resist on all fronts and act as apostles of dialogue.