Pope Francis should honor the mother of Republican presidential candidate and renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson by making her a saint, John Philip Sousa IV, great-grandson of famed American composer John Philip Sousa, tells Newsmax TV.
"When the Pope comes to the United States later this year, he ought to give sainthood to Ben Carson's mom," Sousa said of Sonya Carson during an interview Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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"Here's a woman married at 13, had two boys, found out her husband was a bigamist, left him, and raised these two boys cleaning houses.
"And one day she told the boys, 'No more TV. We're going to start reading books.' And she was illiterate. She couldn't read their book reports, but every week she pretended like she could."
Despite Sousa's suggestion, the process of becoming a Catholic saint can take decades, even centuries. So it would be next to impossible for Sonya Carson to achieve sainthood when the Pope makes his first visit to the United States this September. There are currently 8,050 saints, according to CatholicSaints.info.
Sousa — whose great grandfather composed many iconic marches including "The Stars and Stripes Forever" — is author of the book, "Ben Carson: Rx for America,"
and co-founder and chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.
"Dr. Carson has more practical experience in managing processes, managing projects, managing budgets, managing people than probably most of the other candidates running and he's not a politician. Amen to that," Sousa told Steve Malzberg.
He noted that Carson, as a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital was the first physician to separate conjoined twins at the head.
"I have a hard time putting a Band-Aid on my finger let alone separating conjoined twins. It takes pure genius," Sousa said.
He said he wrote the book and is working to get Carson elected, "in part because of my background and my great grandfather.
"I don't want to see our country go down the crapper and that's what's happening with the policies of this government and it's got to change. In all of my years, hiring more politicians to run the country is not the answer.
"We need a fresh voice and a fresh face and a fresh set of ideas. We need a guy who's a problem solver, who can take on projects, and every issue is a project, and fix them."
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