Prior to his election Francis had never set foot in the United States, making him the only pope in the last eighty years other than St. John XXIII who had never been to America before taking office…People close to Francis also say his U.S. trip last year helped him to better distinguish between ordinary Americans and “the system.”
But when another world leader discovered something, the evaluation was different:
Latin Americans also tend to have long memories, and many still recall moments such as Ronald Reagan’s famous reaction upon returning from a 1982 trip to the region: “You’d be surprised … they’re all individual countries.” The fact that national differences could strike a U.S. president as a revelation still rings in Latin American ears as proof of our capacity for condescension.
What I think we’re looking at is two-way ignorance. There’s a lot that people in the U.S. need to learn about Latin America, but the converse is also true, as we see with His Holiness.
The relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the U.S. has always been a complicated one, from stuff like this to this. And the rise of obsessively sex-driven liberalism will only make it worse.