Some conservatives are unhappy with the Pope today. They wish he would have said more about marriage and abortion in yesterday’s speech to Congress.
Of course the Pope did allude to abortion with this line: “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every state of development.”
And some might interpret this statement as a plug for traditional marriage: “Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and family….”
But the Pope is not done yet with the United States. He still has more speeches to make and some of them will be devoted to the family. I think everyone needs to wait until the visit is over before we can honestly assess it. Some of us historians might even say we need a few years, or even longer, to fully evaluate the significance of Francis’s visit.