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The Pope’s Views on Inequality
Test Obama’s Mettle

Fiscal Times, by Edward Morrissey

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/24/2014 4:30:25 AM

This week, Barack Obama announced that he would make a historic visit to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. The last state visit from a US president took place nearly six years ago, when George W. Bush met with now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in June just as his plan to boost troop strength in Iraq started bearing fruit in a war that Pope John Paul II had opposed. In 2004, Bush visited the soon-to-be-canonized Catholic saint to award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, despite their disagreement, in honor of his role in Every President since Richard Nixon has made

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You can´t get what the author is saying without reading the whole thing. The Pope and the President are worlds apart despite some overlapping rhetoric.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cardsfan, 1/24/2014 6:20:34 AM     (No. 9703660)

It will be interesting to see if Obama bows when he first greets the Pope. I´m betting not.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/24/2014 7:23:33 AM     (No. 9703718)

Of course he won´t. Pope Francis is one of those awful Christians.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/24/2014 7:27:11 AM     (No. 9703730)

Pathetic. Both of them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/24/2014 7:55:06 AM     (No. 9703770)

I´ll bet the conversation will be limited to "economic equality" or some such tripe. There, the Pope and the Won are equally ignorant.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jlw509, 1/24/2014 8:05:24 AM     (No. 9703786)

The Pope said the first inequality is the inequality in the respect for human life, in which the born person is the dictator and the unborn person the disposable.

I´d love to get a streaming audio of their conversation. Probably a brief spate of rhetoric from Obama and then a lot of umm´s.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: OHappyDay, 1/24/2014 9:01:50 AM     (No. 9703877)

Excellent article. People should read the actual Vatican documents, speeches, encyclicals, etc., instead of just the MSM´s interpretations of the Pope, Catholic doctrine , etc.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/24/2014 9:04:13 AM     (No. 9703880)

I will be watching to see if Obama demands and gets all the symbols of Christ covered up at the vatican as he did for his speech at Georgetown University. The Vatican should stand up and have plenty of Crucifixes for Obama to look at and in every picture. It would be a good test to see if an exorcism is needed - the demons flee from the Crucifix which reminds them of their total defeat.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/24/2014 9:09:38 AM     (No. 9703888)

Regardless of what Obama thinks they´ll be discussing - I have no doubt the issue of the "abomination of abortion," sanctity of all life (death panels), HHS issues regarding religious liberty, and same-sex marriage will be on the Pope´s agenda.

Then, of course, is the fact that Vatican City is consecrated to St. Michael. I´d be worried if I were Obama.

I´m more interested in reading the Vatican´s official report after the meeting than anything that the secular media reports. MSM reports of Kerry´s recent meeting weren´t complete.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: rochow, 1/24/2014 9:24:58 AM     (No. 9703913)

I happen not to like this Pope. But since he has such a big mouth, question arise: why does the Pope or the Vatican not sell some of their priceless treasures? Put the money in the bank and the interest alone will feed millions!

So your Holiness, put your money where your mouth is!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kidsmom, 1/24/2014 9:46:38 AM     (No. 9703962)

Again, I must wonder about the Catholic bashing on this site. Shame on you!

After reading the entire article, I have to say that it is the most well-written, articulate account of the pope´s position (both moral and political) on the sanctity of life being the First Consideration of the church, followed closely by her mission to the poor and marginalized. This position was contrasted clearly with Obama´s agenda and what Obama hopes to accomplish at this meeting. I, too, will be interested in reading the Vatican accounts of the meeting as opposed to those of the secular media.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/24/2014 9:48:45 AM     (No. 9703966)

#9 - the Pope doesn´t own the "priceless treasures." They belong to the Church, and the Church is the people. The Pope is merely the current custodian.

My questions are:

Why don´t the people who could afford to buy these "priceless treasures" give the money to the poor?

Why does Detroit own thousands of dollars of artwork bought with taxpayer dollars when the city is bankrupt?

Why did Feds spend $1 million in taxpayer money on a sculpture for embassy in Ireland when Obama complains of income equality.

Why don´t you sell everything you have and give the money to the poor?


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Reply 12 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/24/2014 9:58:44 AM     (No. 9703989)

#10 - Pray for the bashers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/24/2014 10:36:46 AM     (No. 9704042)

I wonder how the Pope will react to the huge train of Security that follows the USA Messiah everywhere.

Personally, I think it would be difficult to not react with derision to the heightened value given to One very flawed and dangerous human being.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/24/2014 6:14:37 PM     (No. 9704608)

Popes operate in the long-term. This Pope knows that in three years Obama will be history as far as his political power goes. After messing with The Little Sisters of the Poor regarding his stances on abortion and contraception Obama may have to press hard to get much of a photo op. at the Vatican.

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