Make The Church Great Again! An analysis on how a political speech could be used by a restorationist pope.

By now most of us have heard of Donald J. Trump's inauguration speech. It was relatively short so there is no good reason why anybody wishing to have an opinion on it should not take the time to watch it and for reference it has been linked below.

What I want to do today is try and use Donald Trump's speech with reference to the Church. Imagine we had a Catholic Pope who actually cared about the reign of Christ and His Holy Church!

[...Yada yada yada...] fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. [Fellow faithful]

WE, the citizens of America , are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. ["We, members of the Church militant" instead of citizens, and Christ's Kingdom instead of country, all people's instead of "all of our people"]

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. [Just the "course of the world for years to come and into eternity"]

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to [...Yada yada yada...] for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. [(They have not been magnificent but this part is irrelevant to the Pope's speech.)]

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People. ["From the halls of the corrupt Vatican schemers and back to the faithful". Administration would have to be changed into pontificate, but otherwise solid.]

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. [For far too long a group of malicious apostates has run wild in the halls of power in Christ's Church while the faithful have borne the cost.]

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. [Indifference flourished, and the people did not enjoy spiritual benefits]

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed. [The unscrupulous spiritual wolves prospered, the vocations dried up left the faith and the seminaries, convents and monasteries closed.]

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. [Ecumaniacs protected themselves but not the faithful placed under their charge]

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. ["Our nation's Capital" changes to Rome, "our land" changes to "the Church"]

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. [America changes to "the world"]

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country. [The Catholic Church, is  Christ's Church]

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. [Not who sits at the throne of St. Peter, but whether he serves Christ the Soverign King]

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. [The day when Christ became the ruler of His Church again]
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens. [That the Church exists to lead it's members to Heaven]
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. [From Americans to Christians, otherwise okay.]

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. ["Our nation" changes to nations, our country changes to "our Church"]

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. [Catholic carnage]

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. [One Church]

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. [To all true Christians]

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; [We have swelled the ranks of ecclesial communities at the expense of our own]
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; [Subsidized the non-Catholic population while allowing for the very sad depletion of our infrastructure]
We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;  And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. [We have defended other religions' false teachings while refusing to defend our own true one and spent hours upon hours praising them while our catechesis has fallen into disrepair and decay]
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon. [We have made other faiths and atheists smug while the spritual wealth, strength and confidence of the Church has disappeared over the horizon.]

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind. [One by one, churches shuttered and left our shores, with not even a though about the millions upon millions of faithful-turned-unfaithful left behind]

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. [The wealth of Catholic intellectual life has been ripped from our halls and thrown down the drain]

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. [Christ first]

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. [Every decision  on liturgy, on Church discipline, on the Church's relationship with the world will be made to benefit the faithful and their families]

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. [We must protect our churches from the bulldozers. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.]

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before. [The Church instead of America]

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. ["Lost sheep" instead of our jobs, otherwise okay.]

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. [Rebuilding our Church and the societies it helped bring to light]

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American. [We will follow two simple rules: For Christ, through Christ]

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. [(The Catholic Church seeks to impose the reign of Christ so this would not do) We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the duty of all nation's to acknowledge the Reign of Christ the Soverign King.]

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth. [To Radical Islamic Terrorism, I would add atheistic nihilism.]

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. [Total allegiance to Christ, and through loyalty to our Holy Mother Church, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other]

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. ["Patriotism" changes to "love for Christ"]

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. [Solidarity and faithfulness]
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. [America changes to the Church]

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God. [We will be protected by the great sacraments and, most importantly, we are protected by God, who instituted them.]

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. [Omit "In America"]

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. ["Politicians" to "clerics"]

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. [America to "the Church militant"]

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. ["Country" to "Holy Mother Church"]

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. ["Spiritual" instead of national.]

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. ["LORD our God" instead of "American flag". (A bit militant but it can be made to work.)]

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: ["Americans" changes to "the faithful"]

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. [Omit "American"]

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. [The Church instead of America]

We Will Make America Wealthy Again. [The Church]

We Will Make America Proud Again. [The Church]

We Will Make America Safe Again. [The Church]

And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America. [The Church]


That would be a speech worth of the hideous times in which we find ourselves.