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Inevitable: Obama to meet soon with Pope Francis
Hotair ^ | 01/14/2014 | AllahPundit

Posted on 01/14/2014 12:40:09 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Makes sense. One’s the leader of a messianic religious movement that’s recently been hobbled by scandal, the other’s Pope Francis.

I’m honestly surprised it hasn’t happened already.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the President was “looking forward” to visiting the popular new leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.

Kerry did not say when the trip would take place…

Kerry, a Roman Catholic, met with Vatican leaders on Tuesday to discuss foreign policy and economic issues, including Francis’ outspoken stance on income inequality worldwide.

He did not meet with the Pope.

Normally the president meeting the Pope is a simple goodwill-building gesture towards America’s Catholics but O’s got more at stake this time. Five years ago, at the height of Hopenchange, The One’s own endorsement might have been enough to persuade swing voters that God hates income inequality and wants government to do something about it. Five years later, at the depths of Hopenchange, he needs to appeal to a higher power:

When a White House speechwriter turned in a draft of a major speech on economic policy this month, President Obama sent it back with an unusual instruction: Add a reference to the pope…

Quoting the pope isn’t likely to yield direct electoral dividends for Obama’s party — the once-vaunted “Catholic vote” largely disappeared long ago. But in a string of effusive praise, the president has made clear he sees the pope as a like-minded thinker and potentially useful ally in a crucial battle of ideas, particularly on the importance of shrinking the gulf between rich and poor, a subject Obama has pushed repeatedly but with limited success…

To others, Obama’s interest in the pope exemplifies the way some liberals, cheered by Francis’ new focus, have expressed their hope for a church that puts less emphasis on issues like abortion or gay rights and more on immigration, welfare or poverty programs.

Obama is the “preeminent example of a liberal falling in love with Francis,” said Candida Moss, a theology professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Topics like O-Care’s contraception mandate and infanticide will, I take it, be discreetly avoided. Serious question: Will aligning himself with the Pope do anything to move O’s income-inequality agenda forward? Francis is popular with Americans generally and fantastically popular with American Catholics specifically, but as of late November, there was no evidence that his popularity was bringing people back to the Church in the U.S. People like him, but maybe not enough to act on it. Meanwhile, who’s listening to Obama’s sermons on sharing the wealth and remaining unmoved by them unless/until they know the Pope would like to see a bit more wealth-sharing too? My hunch is that people’s views of redistribution are similar to their views of contraception: They may admire the Vatican’s position as nobly motivated but ultimately they have to protect themselves.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; popefrancis; rehash; vatican

1 posted on 01/14/2014 12:40:09 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s going to get an Exorcism?


2 posted on 01/14/2014 12:41:19 PM PST by glorgau
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To: SeekAndFind

The Vicar of Satan meets the Vicar of Christ.


3 posted on 01/14/2014 12:41:36 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: glorgau

I actually think they will discuss their favorite topic : INEQUALITY ( and I’m being serious ).


4 posted on 01/14/2014 12:43:12 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well I hope he’s not intimidated being in the presence of his holiness...

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...the Pope, I mean.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 12:43:19 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: SeekAndFind

..the little boy king will ask to have his putter blessed (glassy guy that he is)


6 posted on 01/14/2014 12:45:50 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

glassy (fragile)


7 posted on 01/14/2014 12:46:27 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: WayneS
I was kinda thinking that the Pope would be in awe of the Messiah himself :)


8 posted on 01/14/2014 12:47:04 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Two of a kind in way too many ways.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 12:47:10 PM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

PFL


10 posted on 01/14/2014 12:49:29 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SeekAndFind

The Pope will need a shower after, to get the stink off.


11 posted on 01/14/2014 12:49:38 PM PST by siamesecats (God closes one door, and opens another, to protect us.)
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To: SeekAndFind

well if they do meet we will SEE how brave our new pope is regarding the catechism of the Church. If he panders to Obama’s silly “economic justice” bromides he will have lost me as a fan.


12 posted on 01/14/2014 12:54:49 PM PST by moodyskeptic (Counter counterculturist)
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To: SeekAndFind

13 posted on 01/14/2014 12:55:47 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep the Holy Water handy. I wonder if he’ll bow or kiss his ring? He bows for Muslim leaders.


14 posted on 01/14/2014 1:00:25 PM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is the jug-eared moron expecting the Pope to kiss his ring?


15 posted on 01/14/2014 1:03:00 PM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Will Obama show the Pope how to stop the oceans from rising?


16 posted on 01/14/2014 1:04:42 PM PST by jim_trent
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To: SeekAndFind

Pope Francis will certainly be polite to him. But if Obama or the Lamestream Media expect to get any real mileage out of this, they are sadly mistaken.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 1:08:08 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jim_trent
Will Obama show the Pope how to stop the oceans from rising?


18 posted on 01/14/2014 1:09:11 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if there’s any tie-in to the Pope saying we need more exorcists.


19 posted on 01/14/2014 1:10:51 PM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: SeekAndFind

Inevitable: Obama to meet soon with Mother Superior


20 posted on 01/14/2014 1:11:23 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: glorgau

I hope the pope shakes some holy water on Bongo. I’d love to hear how he screamed and ran out of the room crying to his lord satan.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 1:24:31 PM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’ll probably try to talk the Pope into converting to Islam.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 1:38:17 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: KeyLargo

I still don’t think that casting was purely an accident. The actor playing SATAN looks exactly like our “president” and many found it rather believable for a variety of reasons. Of course the directors were obligated to feign shocked denial.


23 posted on 01/14/2014 1:46:05 PM PST by lee martell
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To: SeekAndFind

I wouldn’t be surprised if they hit it right off.


24 posted on 01/14/2014 2:03:29 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does Pope Francis play golf?


25 posted on 01/14/2014 2:04:55 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: P-Marlowe
The Vicar of Satan meets the Vicar of Christ.

Hopefully the result will be the same as a vampire meeting sunlight.

26 posted on 01/14/2014 2:30:35 PM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: SeekAndFind
Why not?

They have nearly identical political and moral philosophies.

The Pope is at an advantage, though, because he controls more wealth and more humans.

27 posted on 01/14/2014 3:36:30 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper
"They have nearly identical political and moral philosophies."

They sure do!

28 posted on 01/14/2014 4:17:35 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Your sarcasm tag: never leave home without it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Two socialists, two materialists, two worshippers of government thuggery.


29 posted on 01/14/2014 6:30:02 PM PST by all the best (`~!)
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