Rep. Grimm: The Republican Party Can Learn a lot from Pope Francis

Sep 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-S.I./Brooklyn) issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis’ most recent interview, in which he stated that the Catholic Church should be a “home for all” and not “a small chapel”:

“Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to be a ‘home for all’ and not a ‘small chapel.’ The Republican Party should take note.  We have drifted too far from our ‘Big Tent’ days, and we’re only going to weaken if we continue down this path.

“Like the Catholic Church, we don’t have to turn our back on our values or change our positions, but we must widen our focus and look beyond the handful of social issues that continue to drive the debate.  Considering we’re still in a struggling economy, we should be focusing on getting people back to work, rebuilding infrastructure, and making education more affordable; and not solely on a few very personal and morally-based issues.

“Pope Francis knows the secret to the Catholic Church’s survival is growing its membership by engaging the younger generation, and that takes a change of tone to strike a better balance on the issues. The Republican Party can take a page out of Pope Francis’s playbook and be more inclusive and less judgmental.”

Rep. Michael Grimm is a practicing member of the Roman Catholic faith.