After hearing the speech Pope Francis delivered to Congress on Thursday, Glenn was a little disappointed to say the least. The Pope called for peace and environmental justice, but completely missed a huge opportunity to end abortion in America, Glenn told radio listeners Friday morning.
The Pope could have said, "stop the abomination today," Glenn said. "That opportunity would have been historic."
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GLENN: The Pope could have ended abortion in America yesterday. He could have stood in the well of the Senate and said, "I'm sorry. I know this is not my place. I'm not here to talk to you about politics. I'm here to talk to you about life, and you have the opportunity right now to end abortion."
These Catholics, these people who have been following the doctrine of our church for a long time, have been leading the way and have been waiting for an opportunity and have been waiting and praying, "Dear Lord, help us stop abortion right now!" And the Pope could have said, "And I am an answer to that prayer. I look at you in your eyes right now and tell you, stop the abomination of abortion today." That opportunity would have been historic.
That is an opportunity that -- that Mother Teresa would have taken. In fact, Mother Teresa did take when she was at a prayer breakfast and Bill Clinton was sitting right there. And she said this.
MOTHER TERESA: And I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion. Because Jesus said, "If you receive a little child, you receive me." So every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus, is the neglect of receiving Jesus.
PAT: Wow. They go on to clap for quite a while at that prayer breakfast. And you know who is sitting one seat away from her and is not clapping, is Bill Clinton. President Bill Clinton.
GLENN: Yesterday, the Pope should have gotten up as the vicar of Christ and say, "Christ demands that we take care of the most innocent among us, the most helpless among us." This isn't asking him to do something that is not in his trait, is not in his purview. This is not asking him to do anything political. This is asking him to be the vicar of Christ. That's what he was introduced as. That's his title. Missed opportunity.
Featured Image: Pope Francis speaks to attendees inside of the 9/11 Memorial Museum September 25, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis is on a six-day trip to the United States, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz-Pool/Getty Images)