Rep. Gutiérrez: ‘Pope Delivered Message We Cannot’

“If Congress had a daily reminder of the Golden Rule, this would be a better country.”

Washington, DC –-(ENEWSPF)–September 24, 2015.  Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement after listening to the speech of Pope Francis to a joint meeting of Congress.

Rep. Gutiérrez was joined by Father Mercado as his guest in the Gallery.  Father Mercado is a Catholic Priest at the Sanctuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe/Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, IL (see: http://www.santuarioguadalupe.org/) He is also delegate to Hispanic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

Statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez:

“The Pope delivered a message that we in Congress simply cannot.  He reminded us of the Golden Rule and the yardstick by which we will be judged.  He reflected back to us the highest moral ideals of our nation.  Without lecturing or preaching, he reminded us that our faith and our actions must be in sync. 

“I try to push back on Donald Trump and others who attack Latinos and immigrants or women or Muslims or the poor – sometimes on the floor of the House.  But I cannot speak as simply and as powerfully as the Pope can.  Today, someone stood up for the people in my community and the message will definitely sink in. I think every Member of Congress will have to think twice before calling all immigrants drug mules or denying climate change or cutting help for working families or labeling children seeking asylum as criminals.

“If Congress had a daily reminder of the Golden Rule, this would be a better country.”

Source: www.gutierrez.house.gov