If the GOP had an issue with the man currently leading the Catholic faith before, they’re livid now that he’s sent a message that goes against everything they believe in.
Pope Francis has been by far the most progressive Pope the Catholic church has ever seen, and he’s been using his power to bridge the gap between conservative values and a more compassionate, tolerant way of life that reflects the way our country has moved forward. There is no greater opposite to compassion and embracing equality than Donald Trump, and Pope Francis just delivered a strong anti-Trump message that is sending the GOP running.
Last night, the Pope sent a revolutionary message during a surprising TED talk, speaking to a room full of scientists, tech innovators, investors and cultural elites. His message was “We all need each other.”
Preaching unity and compassion, Pope Francis urged everyone to use their resources, influence, and power to take care of each other – something that is definitely not on Trump and the GOP’s agenda. In fact, Pope Francis preached the exact opposite of what the Republican Party represents as he said:
When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution. How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion. How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us.”
Audience members were shocked that the Pope would give a TED Talk, as one woman in the audience gasped, “No way” and everyone applauded loudly as Pope Francis appeared on the screen, giving his speech from the Vatican. He called for a “revolution of tenderness” and stated clearly that it was the responsibility of those who are fortunate to take care of those who were not blessed with the same – another message Trump and the GOP will explode over. Pope Francis said:
First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us that we all need each other, none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent “I,” separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone. People’s paths are riddled with suffering, as everything is centered around money, and things, instead of people. And often there is this habit, by people who call themselves “respectable,” of not taking care of the others, thus leaving behind thousands of human beings, or entire populations, on the side of the road.”
Pope Francis made a subtle dig at Trump and politicians like him, who are now preaching isolationism and using fear mongering to control the public. He said:
Thank God, no system can nullify our desire to open up to the good, to compassion and to our capacity to react against evil, all of which stem from deep within our hearts.
Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.”
Pope Francis ended his talk with this brilliant comment:
The future of humankind isn’t exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies. Yes, they do hold an enormous responsibility. But the future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us.’”
He nailed it – and by choosing an international platform that focuses on science and technology, Pope Francis has broken yet another barrier for the Catholic faith with his TED Talk. Bruno Giussani, TED’s international curator, said:
In this complicated and often confusing world, Pope Francis has become possibly the only moral voice capable of reaching people across boundaries and providing clarity and a compelling message of hope.”
You can watch the talk below – it’s worth every minute: