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Pope Francis is coming to the U.S.! Why everyone has ridiculous expectations.

In this file photo, Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, June 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

This opinion piece is by Michael Bayer, who serves as director of outreach and education at the University of Iowa Newman Catholic Student Center.

The Vatican today released the itinerary for Pope Francis’s visit to the United States this fall. Bits and pieces had been trickling out over the months since the trip was announced last year, with high-profile leaders–both inside the Church and out–lobbying for a piece of the Holy Father’s time.

Whether it’s President Obama welcoming His Holiness to the White House or the pontiff sharing a meal with elementary school students in Harlem, papal fever will consume the national consciousness and compel a captive American audience to follow his every move.

Amid all the hype, prepare to be disappointed.

Don’t expect him to wear a rainbow stole to celebrate Mass at St. Patrick’s or pay a visit to The Stonewall Inn. Nor, for that matter, is the pope going to encourage county clerks to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses or ask the Catholic school teachers of San Francisco to sign a morality clause in their contracts.

When it comes to U.S. politics, Pope Francis is not going to push any one particular agenda.

[Want tickets to see Pope Francis when he comes to the U.S.? Better start going to church.]

The schedule released today is quintessentially Francis, combining global diplomacy with local immersions, all at an ambitiously ceaseless pace, something that continues to astound observers of the 79-year-old pontiff.

And it comes in the wake of an encyclical whose release was characterized by an unprecedented buildup, drawing journalists from around the world, and whose publication  immediately drew responses from the likes of Jeb Bush, Jon Stewart, Richard Branson and the UN Secretary General. It is not hyperbole to suggest that the arrival of the pope, who has graced the covers of Time, Rolling Stone and The Advocate, may just be the single most anticipated stateside landing since the Beatles invaded our shores some 50 odd years ago.

But the content of his planned visits–the substantive words he speaks and challenges he issues–will leave many, from casual fans to diehard disciples, disenchanted.

Fresh on the heels of the Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage, many undoubtedly are hoping that the pope will use his U.S. visit to soften the Church’s prohibition on gay relationships.

On the flip side, many others–cultural conservatives who have endured a round of recent defeats and who pine for a bold, unambiguous assertion reaffirming the Church’s traditional moral teachings–will be eagerly awaiting this sort of clarion statement from the pontiff while he presides over the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

The triennial gathering that sits at the center of the Holy Father’s visit, and Philadelphia host Archbishop Charles Chaput has been a frequent and vocal participant in the national debate on gay rights, religious liberty and participation by Catholics in the political sphere.

But self-deputized doctrinal watchdogs and senior editors at Beltway or Brooklyn-based publications will be let down, especially if those who think Francis is about to deliver the knockout punch for a particular agenda.

He will highlight the pervasive inequalities that have homeless veterans standing in line to receive food at Catholic Charities, just blocks from where Georgetown University–a Jesuit college–plays its home basketball games.

He will pray at the 9/11 Memorial alongside other religious leaders and ask how a country ostensibly founded on Christian principles can continue to allow widespread gun violence in Chicago and racial hatred in Charleston.

He will praise the under-heralded work of school teachers in Harlem, immigrants-rights activists in Brookland and prison chaplains in Philadelphia.

And, God-willing, during one of his private meetings with high level donors–without whose generosity the Church categorically would not be able to operate–he’ll challenge the dominant assumption that an unfettered market is the answer to all the world’s woes.

He won’t be endorsing development efforts in Africa if it prioritizes access to contraceptives over vaccinations and clean drinking water, but neither will he be filing an amicus brief on behalf of Catholic colleges, claiming that the HHS mandate violates their First Amendment rights.

And what he’s definitely not going to do, try as an entire, multi-billion dollar political machine might to spin it that way, is support a specific legislative proposal, whether parental consent laws and mandatory ultrasounds or fracking bans and offshore wind farms.

Finally, though it should be obvious, he won’t be endorsing any candidates for office. A hug with Joe Biden or John Boehner will be a pastor embracing one of his flock, not an imprimatur on any continuing resolution or executive order.

Pope Francis is a towering moral figure, impressively savvy diplomat and deeply compassionate pastor. But he’s not a politician.

Think of his visit as a sermon, not a stump speech. Then you won’t be disappointed; you’ll just be uncomfortable.

Michael Bayer has previously worked at the University of San Francisco, the University of Michigan and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

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