Thursday, March 27, 2014

The President And The Pope

Gary L. Bauer
American Values

After leaving Brussels, President Obama flew to Rome, where he met with Pope Francis for nearly an hour. Politico writes that Obama was seeking a "halo effect:"

"President Barack Obama was once the biggest superstar on the international stage. On Thursday, he headed here to benefit from the popularity of his replacement: Pope Francis. The 50-minute meeting was a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own…"

Politico is right about that. A new poll from the Associated Press finds that Obama's disapproval rating has just hit a record high of 59%.

When Ronald Reagan met with Pope John Paul II, they had a common goal -- to defeat godless communism. What do Obama and Pope Francis have in common? The meaning of marriage? The sanctity of life?

According to Politico: "Obama planned to use the closely watched meeting to show how aligned he is with the pope on income inequality, poverty and immigration…"

While the White House may want to talk about income inequality, poverty and immigration, the Vatican made it clear that Pope Francis raised other issues too.

In a statement released after their meeting, the Vatican said the pope and the president discussed "questions of particular relevance for the Church in [America], such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection…"

Those very questions were before the Supreme Court yesterday precisely because the Obama Administration is on the opposite side of each one.

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