An Appeal to the Common Good: Pope Francis's Speech to Congress
Fee, Alexandra. “An Appeal to the Common Good”, Boston College, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/bc-ir:106813.
This paper analyzes Pope Francis’s view of politics, particularly politics in the United States. Beginning with his speech before a special joint session of Congress on September 24, 2015, this paper explores many of the themes the Pope introduces in this speech, and compares those themes to those in other works he has published since being elected Pontiff in 2013. Then, this paper applies what he has said about contemporary American politics with the analysis of other scholars of American politics. Ultimately, I find that the Pope is very aware of problems in the United States, but hopes to present a positive alternative to address what he identifies as the contemporary world’s ills.