Rep. Grimm Introduces Pope Francis Resolution in House

Mar 18, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Michael G. Grimm (R-NY), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) announce the introduction of a House resolution (H.Res.120), commemorating the life and service of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, and congratulating Pope Francis on his election as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

“As a Roman Catholic, I’m filled with joy and excitement at the election of Pope Francis,” said Grimm. “Known for his humble origins, personal work ministering to the poor and unique reputation as a man of and for the people, His Holiness has the qualities required to lead with humility and sincerity while spreading Christ’s message of peace, love, and forgiveness in the modern world.  As the representative from a predominately Catholic district, I join with my constituents and my colleagues in celebrating the historic election of Pope Francis and embracing his unique opportunity to unite Catholics worldwide in a new-found hope and fellowship.”

Rep. Grimm is the author and sponsor of the resolution. All four members introducing the bill are Catholic.

Reps. Grimm, Pascrell, Tiberi, and Lipinski are also circulating a letter among colleagues that will be sent later this week to the Apostolic Nuncio, which is the equivalent of the Vatican’s embassy in the United States.  It will be signed by Members of Congress expressing “joy and heartfelt congratulations to the Holy See” on the elevation of Pope Francis as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The text of the resolution is below:

 

H. RES. 120

A resolution commemorating the life and service of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, and congratulating Pope Francis on his election as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. GRIMM (for himself, Mr. TIBERI, Mr. PASCRELL, and Mr. LIPINSKI) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

 

RESOLUTION

A resolution commemorating the life and service of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, and congratulating Pope Francis on his election as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

Whereas Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, a man of monumental courage and humility, whose unceasing love and devotion to the ministry of Christ helped steward the Catholic Church and the faithful through the daunting challenges of the 21st century;

Whereas Benedict leaves behind an enduring legacy, both as renowned theologian and kind-hearted leader who balanced the august splendor of the papacy with a gentle humanity, and masterfully communicated the timeless morality of the Church in a crusade against the modern evils of relativism, materialism, and consumerism;

Whereas the election to the papacy of His Holiness Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, marks a groundbreaking moment in the life of the Catholic Church, elevating a marvelous suitor to lead the world's largest apostolic Christian ministry;

Whereas Pope Francis has inspired a vibrant sense of reform and spiritual renewal in the Church, representing the first pontiff born in the New World, the first hailing from Latin America, and the first prelate ordained in the renowned Society of Jesus or Jesuits;

Whereas the Pope's chosen regnal name of Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, as well as his unrivaled reputation as a personally devoted minister to the needs of the poor and outcast, emphasizes the opportunities and obligations of mankind to serve a missionary role in advancing peace, social justice, and moral contemplation for the betterment of all God's children;

Whereas as President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, Pope Francis' experience as spiritual guide and premiere pastoral administrator of one of the Holy See's largest and most active diocese reveals his unique ability to accomplish much needed reforms in the Vatican and sustain a growing Church in the world's developing communities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia; and

Whereas Pope Francis' striking humility and simple gentleness empowers him to connect with and renew the hearts of the faithful and heal the recent wounds of the Church: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) offers its congratulations to Pope Francis as he embarks on the sacred burden as the leader of the world's 1,200,000,000 Catholics; and

(2) extends its gratitude and well-wishes to Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, for his service to the world community as he enters the next phase of his devotion to the Church in solemn prayer and reflection.