In his speech delivered at the White House on Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of America's Founding Fathers and the principles that created the United States.
He drew a parallel between the views of his predecessor, the John Paul II, and those that former President George Washington...
"From the dawn of the Republic, America's quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based on the dominion of God the creator."
"The framers of this nation's founding documents drew upon this conviction when they proclaimed the self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights grounded in the laws of nature and of nature's God."
"The course of American history demonstrates the difficulties, the struggles, and the great intellectual and moral resolve which were demanded to shape a society which faithfully embodied these noble principles."
"In that process, which forged the soul of the nation, religious beliefs were a constant inspiration and driving force, as for example in the struggle against slavery and in the civil rights movement."
I'm sure the Pope's address, void of anti-war rebukes the mainstream media would have loved to hear him espouse, was a disappointment to the Left.
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