Pope Francis is coming to the United States next month. Back in January he said that he would like to come in by crossing the Mexican border. That would be, he said, a “beautiful sign” of solidarity with illegal immigrants. I would think such a crossing would be at one of the legal checkpoints, rather than wading across the Rio Grande, but who knows?
The Pope decided not to because if he visited Mexico, he would have to visit the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and he didn’t time this visit. But Catholic opponents of illegal immigration, including the Catholic Republican presidential contenders (Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, and George Pataki) can expect to feel pressure from the pontiff, as they will also on climate change. [Read more...]