The speech to Congress by Pope Francis was filled with irony. It has not been too long ago that Catholics were scorned by the political establishment.

This humble and compassionate man spoke to the issues that a true Christian believes in: compassion and help for the poor and disadvantaged, welcome treatment for immigrants (he said we are all immigrants), protection of the Earth that God gave us and elimination of greed, which causes much of the first three problems.

It is ironic that Republicans in the audience seem to reject these tenets, as their platform continues to reward the wealthiest Americans, condemn the disadvantaged as lazy and unworthy, label immigrants as bad people and fight attempts to save the only Earth we have.

Speaker John Boehner, a devout Catholic who had much to do with the Pope’s visit, was emotional throughout the speech. The next day he announced his retirement from Congress.

We can only hope that Mr. Boehner was so moved by the Pope’s message that he can no longer be a part of a party whose actions are in direct opposition to the truth the Pope spoke, and that many others will see the light and do the right thing for the people of this country.

Michael Griffith

Wappoo Creek Drive

Charleston