Make The Church Great Again!

Having commented on Donald Trump's speech and what modifications might have been done to it to make it suitable for a papal speech, I determined it would be good to present the whole speech. The previous entry becomes the working draft, with this a more coherent full speech.

I tried to keep the modifications to an absolute minimum so as to keep the essence of the speech intact. At first I thought a search-and-replace might do, but I realised that there was far too much which would make little sense if done that way. The modified parts are in red.


Fellow faithful, and people of the world: thank you. 

WE,  members of the Church militant , are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild Christ's Kingdom and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of the world for years to come and the eternal destiny of many

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

Today’s ceremony,  has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one pontificate to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from the halls of the corrupt Vatican schemers and back to the faithful.

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.

[Indifference flourished, and the people did not enjoy spiritual benefits of the sacramental life.

The unscrupulous clerics - spiritual wolves - prospered, the vocations dried up left the faith and the seminaries, convents and monasteries closed.

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 Rome, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across 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 the world.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the Catholic Church, is  Christ's Church.

What truly matters is 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 when Christ became the ruler of His Church again.
The forgotten men and women of our Church 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:  the Church exists to lead it's members to Heaven.
Christians want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. 

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 nations; 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 nations of so much unrealized potential. 

This Catholic carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one Church – 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.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all true Christians

For many decades, we have swelled the ranks of ecclesial communities at the expense of our own;
Subsidized the non-Catholic population while allowing for the very sad depletion of our infrastructure;
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 , decay and disuse.

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, churches shuttered and left our landscape, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of faithful-turned-unfaithful 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 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 Christ First.

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 churches from the bulldozers, our liturgy, teachings and the moral law from corruption. 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.

Church will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our lost sheep. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new Churches, and schools, and seminaries, and conents, and monasteries, and universities all across our wonderful Church.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our Church  and the societies it helped bring to light in truth and love.

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 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 and atheistic nihilism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a 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 love for Christ and his sacred commandments, there is no room for prejudice.

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 and faithfulness.
When the Church is united, the Church is totally unstoppable.

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

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.

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

We will no longer accept clerics who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

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 the Church militant

We will not fail. Our Holy Mother Church will thrive and prosper again.

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 spiritual humility 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 LORD our God. ["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 the faithful, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Christ's voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. 

Together, We Will Make The Church Strong Again.

We Will Make The Church Wealthy Again. 

We Will Make The Church Proud Again. 

We Will Make The Church Safe Again.

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


I like it. There is change we can believe in which makes us stronger together and which could make the Church great again (a sentence full of presidential campaign slogans in case you didn't notice).

That is a speech worthy of a Pope who realises how bad things have got and wishes to get the Church back on the right path.