Skip to comments.Obama to Pope: 'I have appreciated our work together over these last four years'
Posted on 02/13/2013 3:44:10 AM PST by IbJensen
Obama to Pope: 'I have appreciated our work together over these last four years' President Barack Obama has released a statement on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and, as usual, it's all about himself. In three spartan sentences, he manages to use the word I four times.
The use of the first-person singular is Obama's own Holy Tradition, a hallmark of both his rhetoric and his governing style. His administration is a Magisterium of one.
Nonetheless, one line is particularly galling: Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years.
That mutual work has consisted of:
Stripping the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops of federal grants to fight sex trafficking, because the USCCB would not refer patients for abortion;
Forcing Catholic non-profits and laity to violate their faith by financing abortifacients at home and abortion around the world;
Publicly advocating the redefinition of the family, something the pope said just last month threatens the future of humanity;
Trying to have the government decide who is a minister, a ploy with far-reaching implications that the Supreme Court unanimously struck down; Reducing the freedom of religion to a mere freedom of worship; and
Generally trying to shoehorn people of faith into a tiny, hermetically sealed box as far removed from the public square as possible.
In other words, Obama thanked himself for a four-year relationship that has been purely adversarial.
As Bill Clinton might say, that takes a lot of brass.
One is tempted to interpret Obama's strange show of appreciation as a sign of good sportsmanship, rather like opposing teams shaking hands after a basketball game. One could also detect an oblique sense of gloating, as he congratulates himself on outflanking the Church in the United States, often with the active aid and participation of the Catholic laity and hierarchy.
Compare Obama's statement with that of House Speaker John Boehner, who is Catholic:
The prayers and gratitude of American Catholics are with Pope Benedict XVI today. The Holy Fathers decision displays extraordinary humility and love for the Church, two things that have been the hallmarks of his service. Americans were inspired by his visit to the United States in 2008, and by his quiet, steady leadership of the Church in uncertain times. People of all nations have been blessed by the sacrifices he has made to sow the seeds of hope, justice, and compassion throughout the world in the name of Our Lord and Savior.
Note the reverence, the attention to the good the other person has done, the beneficial impact someone else's actions have had, and the reference to a Higher Being.
Obama essentially read the pontiff out of his own statement, indulging him only insofar as the pope happened to coincide with his interests and those of the coalition that elected him.
Note to Speaker Boehner: This is how the conservative grassroots expect you to work together with President Obama in his second term.
Why do so many Catholics support this enemy of the Church?! I think the Catholic church is as sick as the Protestants churches are. God help this country, we need revival and the impeachment of this cancer in the White Hut!
Christian Churches and Jewish Synagogues whither while the evil islamic 'faith' is exalted! It's perfectly okay to denigrate Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin, but don't draw any cartoons of the evil pedophile Mohammed.
This is what the Pope and the entire Church gets for embracing this illegitimate marxist sociopath because of liberal guilt about his skin color. Credited for being his “associate”
Evil succeeeds when good men......do nothing
Absolutely cannot wait for the next Pope - already touted as an affirmative action pick
When a new Pope gets elected, and most likely a conservative one, Obama is going to be in for A BIG SURPRISE.
Obama, a legend in his own mind. He will use anybody to promote his own self image. And here you are messing that up with facts.
With all the recent appointments of new cardinals by both B16 and JP2 before him, look for a much conservative Pope.
I doubt the Church supports misuse of taxpayer$$$$$
which Obama-the-Undocumented Tyrant has given
to crucify Egyptian Christians.
Unfortunately, I expect Desmond TuTu in a red robe bent on making the Catholic Church another agent of reparations for colonialism, racism and man-made global warming
I wish I had your confidence
Cafeteria Catholics support the Marxist, just like they continue to reelect the likes of other pro-abortion, horrid libtard CINO’s like Piglosi, Leahy and Biden when he was a senator.
I hold that this practice will continue until American Cardinals take a stand by refusing Holy Communion to these high profile politicians.
Let the press and those politicians raise He//. It’s my belief that examples have to be set in order for the flock to get the message.
I agree with you, and IMO Pelosi and Sebelious should be the first to be excommunicated.
I doubt that Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana will be the next Pope.
Cardinal Marc Oeullet of Canada is more likely and he is conservative.
Absolutely, right along with Biden!
He’s an Anglican. What planet are you living on?
Or did you mean “I expect a Desmond-Tutu-like Catholic Cardinal to be elected”?
The problem is there are no Catholic African Cardinals of that sort.
And Turkson just took himself out of the running with that foolish interview he gave to The Telegraph. Openly campaigning for the position guarantees non-election. Moreover, the libs are all solidifying behind Turkson and will accuse the Church of racism if he’s not elected.
That kind of Affirmative Action Blackmail might work in secular politics, but I don’t think it will work in the Church with these cardinals, all appointed by JPII and Benedict XVI.
Turkson is toast.
But keep your eye on Ranjith of Sri Lanka.
a planet where some of the population understands metaphor
If you want metaphor you have to write metaphor. Words mean things, even hastily written combox words.
the same planet as Jack Chick?
The most important thing is to let the Holy Spirit do His job in the final decision.
From what I have read that Cardinal Oeullet of Canada looks like a young JP2.
Why I posted about Cardinal Turkson is because of the HUGH growth in the global south nations of the Church which also includes Africa.
Just keep a close eye on the “global south” branches of the RC Church, meaning Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Very devout areas.
Hopefully Obama comes down with whatever Hugo Chavez has... I rate this at 50% chance along with an asteroid demolishing Washingtoon DC
You forget that the same nations in the global south that the west sent Catholic missionaries many years ago, now are sending in turn missionaries to the west to bring the Gospel back in return, including America.
Anglicans are “separated Catholics”. They differ from the Roman Catholics in that they regard the Pope as a superior to the archbishops and cardinals, but not endowed with divinity. In their view, popes, like all men, are subject to fallibility, and lapses in wisdom may be corrected over time as more facts are revealed.
Papal infallibility has been a sticking point for centuries.
From your keyboard to God’s inbox . . .
The Pope is not, never has been, “endowed with divinity.” And only SOME Anglicans are separated Catholics; the fast majority are protestants. And Anglicans had marvelous reasons for disavowing the pope—divorce and replenishing the English treasury. (Sorry. Catholic I am, ecumenical I’m not.)
vast, not fast.
They differ from the Roman Catholics in that they regard the Pope as a superior to the archbishops and cardinals, but not endowed with divinity.
Catholics do NOT believe that the Pope is divine. Where did you get such a ridiculous idea?
From the Catholics. Papal infallibility and all.
Popes, it turns out ARE fallibile after all. That is what set Martin Luther off on his quest for truth and honesty in things religious.
Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders.
What God will decide for Pope overall.
I would love for the Pope before he steps down to renounce Obama as an anti-Christ.
“They differ from the Roman Catholics in that they regard the Pope as a superior to the archbishops and cardinals, but not endowed with divinity.”
I’d love to see a citation from the catechism confirming that Catholics believe the Pope is God.
The Pope is not God, but one need not be the head God to be divine. In the Catholic hierarchy of blessed souls, the canonized saints are elevated to a level of divinity only just below that of angels, and are prayed to almost as fervently as the chief among them, the presence of the Trinity.
And Popes are saints in the making. Of course, not all Popes have been elevated to the status of a canonized saint, but every one of them has been a candidate.
1. The Church does not teach that Popes are COMPLETELY infallible. Rather. The Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra-that is, when in discharge of the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding Faith or Morals to be held by the universal Church, by the divine assistance promised to him in Blessed Peter, is possessed of that infallibility with which the divine Redeemer willed that His Church should be endowed in defining doctrine regarding Faith or Morals.
2. Martin Luther was rightly upset by abuses of sinful men in the Church, but sinned himself with the course of action he took. Later, he even wanted to remove the book of James from the Bible.
Alloysteel, in these times when Christianity is being heavily attacked, it would do us all well NOT to attack one another.
Plus as Lent has begun, best to pray for each other and regard each other as brothers and sistes in the Lord.
I hope the Big Suprise for Obama is what God will decide for Obama.
“In the Catholic hierarchy of blessed souls, the canonized saints are elevated to a level of divinity only just below that of angels, and are prayed to almost as fervently as the chief among them, the presence of the Trinity.”
Ok. Where in the catechism does it say this?
No attack was intended, and in the spirit of ecumentalism, ironing out the misunderstandings and distortions played upon by all parties in these repeated schisms has to be engaged in some way. All of us together are smarter than any one of us, and rigid attitudes tend to break apart even the firmest resolve to commit to honesty.
But the truth is not a popularity contest, and not to be determined by anything like a “democratic” vote. Sometimes truth is particularly harsh and disagreeable, but is not less the truth. It is thinking makes it so, and critical thinking is an art too little utilized in today’s world.
Might want to try exorcisms first.
Plus as Lent has begun, best to pray for each other and regard each other as brothers and sisters in the Lord.
I agree. ;-)
“Why do so many Catholics support this enemy of the Church?! I think the Catholic church is as sick as the Protestants churches are”
Catholics that are totally ignorant of the faith, the same as protestants that are ignorant of their faith. Church going Catholics don’t vote for democrats, if they do, they some have big time splainin’ to do if they ever meet St. Peter. Most of the illegal hispanics that voted for him have no idea he’s pro-abortion, pro-homo marriage, etc. I’ve talked to a lot of them, they only want free stuff he gives them and will argue with you if you tell them the truth about the abortionist-in-chief.
“Anglicans are separated Catholics.
Protestants are “separated Catholics”.