Pope Francis is apparently a really nice guy and I’m not just saying that just because I’m Catholic. According to those incessant polls, without which none of us could ever come to any decisions whatsoever, Francis is one of the most respected individuals in the world, and nearly everyone here in New York City seems happy to have him here.
Except for the Grinches Who Stole Christianity, that is, for every party, including a papal party, needs a pooper. And two of the biggest poopers around have reared their ugly heads.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are petulantly, and unsurprisingly, unhappy about everyone making a fuss about the Pope.
Americans United is perturbed that the city of Cape May, New Jersey, is planning to broadcast the Pope’s September 27 Mass from nearby Philadelphia at the Cape May Convention Hall. The city, which has waived charges at the Convention Centre for other non-profit events, organised this one in conjunction with the Cape May Ministerium — a group of clergy representing different denominations.
Regardless of the bonhomie and co-operative feelings, Americans United have threatened to sue if the event takes place.
FFRF is similarly vexed about New York City’s giveaway of tickets to see Pope Francis in Central Park on September 25. This group which apparently had much, too much time on their hands, insist that it makes New York City appear “to be endorsing Pope Francis’s sectarian religious message”.
And if this wasn’t enough, FFRF is also furious over Pope Francis’s scheduled meeting with inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on September 27. As prisons are “public-supported”, the group insists, Pope Francis shouldn’t have been invited to meet with the inmates nor should the inmates have been permitted to hand carve a chair to present to the Pontiff, even though they volunteered to do so.