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Rep. Sanchez releases statement on the Pope’s Address to Congress

Loretta Sanchez and OC Business Leaders
Loretta Sanchez and OC Business Leaders

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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) released the following statement after Pope Francis’ address to the Joint Meeting of Congress: 

“Pope Francis’ words of compassion, hope and reconciliation during his address to the Joint Meeting of Congress were refreshing and much needed, especially in light of the divisive rhetoric that has gripped our nation in the last few months.  

“I hope my colleagues will take the Pope’s message to heart. The Pope called for dialogue and reminded us of shared social responsibility: ‘A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all of its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the problem.’ As members of Congress, we must come together and work on solutions to the problems we have the ability to solve. 

“I was moved by the Pope’s words on immigration and reminder that ‘so many of you are also descended from immigrants.’ This Pope has a remarkable ability to build bridges and show that we have more in common than we have in difference. Pope Francis’ commitment to fighting for the margins of society is inspiring. 

“Pope Francis has a lasting ability to change the world, and I expect his message will reverberate through the halls of Congress and our country.”



  1. Ltpar Ltpar September 27, 2015

    Loretta, I guess you and your Democrat conspirators were not so moved when the Pope was talking about the destruction of America, murder of babies and unholy marriage alliances? I seem to recall the Democrat side of the aisle sitting there with arms crossed and hostile glares that could kill the Pope. Just remember, you and your corrupt courts may be able to ram through your perverted social issues, but the Pope and many conservatives are having no part of it. Keep that in mind the next time you go to confession and ask to be forgiven for your sins. The great news is, it is never too late to get right with God.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | September 27, 2015

      Pat, I don’t remember Democrats looking at the Pope like that, but since you brought up “unholy marriage alliances” I will remind you that Jesus never said a word about gays and lesbians. He has quite a bit to say about divorce. Matthew 5:32. Mark 10:11. Luke 16:18. I believe your favorite Irvine councilwoman Chrsitina Shea was divorced twice.

      • Ltpar Ltpar September 28, 2015

        Dan, raised by a very religious grandmother, being active in my local church in Texas through high school, I still do not profess to be a scholar of the Bible. In looking around the internet I did find several articles by experts on the Bible and their conclusions run contrary to yours. Those conclusions are:

        (1) Death dissolves the marriage contract and leaves the remaining partner free to remarry.
        (2) Sexual immorality by one partner gives the other partner a legal right, but not an obligation, in God’s eyes to divorce the unfaithful partner. Both partners then are free to remarry.
        (3) If an unbelieving marriage partner deserts the believing partner and refuses to be reconciled, the believing partner is free to divorce. Then both partners are free to remarry.
        (4) All Christians who have been properly divorced, that is, for one of the two biblical reasons, are free to remarry. Also see: Jay E. Adams, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1980):
        (5) Something we have not discussed in this note but that nevertheless should be stated is that Christians are only to marry other Christians. A Christian is not to marry a non-Christian. 1 Cor. 7:39; cf. 2 Cor. 6:14ff.
        (6) God values love, mercy, and forgiveness in us far above the dissolution of relationships, especially marriage, and the legalistic exacting of punishment:
        A. 1 Cor. 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. [5] It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. [6] Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. [7] It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

        I do not know personal details of Christina Shea’s life, of the men she married or who divorced whom. I did note however, her second husband, Mike passed away in 2007. According to scripture Christina would have been free to remarry, which she has not done. Knowing Christina as a long time friend, she is a committed Christian and while you obviously disagree, she walks the talk. That regrettably is more than I do. Sorry Dan, your dog don’t hunt on this one.

        P.S. Reference:

        • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | September 28, 2015

          Ms. Shea was divorced from her husband at the time of his death in 2007 from cancer; earlier published reports say the Sheas were married and he adopted her son from a previous marriage. The Bible has lots of say about divorce; not so much to say about gay marriage or homosexuality…Jesus says nothing about homosexuality at all.

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