After being famously snubbed from the Trump administration’s visit with the Pope, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer finally got to meet the leader of the Catholic faith. Spicer was one of several members of a U.S. delegation to the International Catholic Legislators Network in Vatican City.
The Pope, in speaking with the delegation, called on those in attendance to promote the building of “bridges,” not walls.
“The laws that you promulgate and apply ought to build bridges between different political perspectives — even when they respond to precise ends ordered to the promotion of greater care for the defenseless and the marginalized, especially the many who are constrained to leave their countries; and when they are in order to favor a correct human and natural ecology,” said the Pontiff.
“As long as the contribution of the church to the great questions of society in our time can be put into discussion, it is vital that your commitment be constantly pervaded by her moral and social teachings, in order to build a more humane and just society,” he added.
While Spicer was widely derided as Trump’s Press Secretary, the nation felt a moment of collective sympathy for the embattled Press Secretary when he was left out of the White House delegation to Vatican City in May. Spicer, for his part, had told CNN that meeting the Pope was “all he wanted.”
CNN’s Erin Burnett said that getting to meet with the pope “by all accounts would have been the highlight of his life.”
Mark Preston, a senior political analyst for CNN who attends church in the same parish as Spicer, told Burnett that “I’m sure is really hurting him,” and suggested Spicer’s exclusion reflected the president’s “pettiness.” Preston said of Spicer’s job: “There are very few perks; there are very long days. For something like this to happen to Sean Spicer I think really is an indictment against Donald Trump and again in his lack of loyalty.”
Despite Trump’s unparalleled pettiness, even in the face of those most loyal to him, it seems that Sean Spicer finally got some retribution, after all.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.