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Obama's Devotion to the Virgin Mary: Who Knew?
Politics Daily ^ | 9/28/2010 | David Gibson

Posted on 09/28/2010 7:56:24 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

Somehow this slipped past the Disputations filter, but during her vacation in Spain in August, First Lady Michelle Obama revealed that her husband -- a.k.a. President Obama -- "always carries a picture of Mary Help of Christians in his wallet."

Mary Help of Christians is the patroness of the Salesian order of priests and nuns, and during an Aug. 13 visit to the Spanish city of Ronda with her daughter, Sasha, the first lady stopped at the Salesian community there.

According to the Salesian news service, she told the priest in charge that her husband "always carries with him a photograph with an image of Mary Help of Christians, to whom, those present reported, the first family of the United States has great devotion."

For Catholics, the special prayer to Jesus through his mother Mary for divine aid is about as, well, Catholic as you can get (evidence of a particular supplication to the Virgin dates back to the 3rd century, according to some sources). It is also more evidence for my colleague Jeff Weiss's theory that Obama is actually a closet Catholic and not a crypto-Muslim, as many believe.

But Obama's Marian devotion could resonate even more deeply, as the prayer to Mary Help of Christians is associated with two of the greatest battles in history between Christendom and Islam, both victories by papal forces.

The Virgin Mary was first formally given the title of "Help of Christians" by Pope Pius V after the dramatic naval victory over the Turkish forces at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Then in 1683, the forces of Christendom beat back the 200,000 Ottoman Turks from the gates of Vienna. During the fighting, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Pasau.

Many view those clashes as prequels to today's war between the West and radical Islam. The Blessed Virgin Mary to the rescue again?


TOPICS: Catholic; Prayer; Religion & Politics; Worship
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Mary Help of Christians is the patroness of the Salesian order of priests and nuns, and during an Aug. 13 visit to the Spanish city of Ronda with her daughter, Sasha, the first lady stopped at the Salesian community there.

According to the Salesian news service, [Michelle Obama] told the priest in charge that her husband "always carries with him a photograph with an image of Mary Help of Christians, to whom, those present reported, the first family of the United States has great devotion."

For Catholics, the special prayer to Jesus through his mother Mary for divine aid is about as, well, Catholic as you can get (evidence of a particular supplication to the Virgin dates back to the 3rd century, according to some sources). It is also more evidence for my colleague Jeff Weiss's theory that Obama is actually a closet Catholic and not a crypto-Muslim, as many believe.

Wotta co-inkydink!

1 posted on 09/28/2010 7:56:25 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy
1. Closet Catholic or 2. Shameless Panderer. I'll take door number two.
2 posted on 09/28/2010 7:59:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Grblb blabt unt mipt speeb!! Oot piffoo blaboo...)
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To: Alex Murphy

There is some swamp land in Florida for sale for those who even remotely believe this news.


3 posted on 09/28/2010 8:00:15 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Alex Murphy

Mother Mary to Obama “ Obama ? your a Muslim “ .


4 posted on 09/28/2010 8:01:14 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: American Constitutionalist

You mean Michelle lied??!! Oh I am shocked!!!!


5 posted on 09/28/2010 8:01:19 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Jeff Weiss's theory that Obama is actually a closet Catholic ...

Ok that one was actually funny.

6 posted on 09/28/2010 8:01:45 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Alex Murphy

It is permissible to lie- especially to protect your own hide- is it not, for Muslims? Best to cover all bases.
I can say I always carry $5000 on me- but do I? Who can tell?
Sounds impressive tho, doesn’t it- costs nothing- and you’ll probably treat me better if you believe it.
All Trojan horses are designed to look harmless and attractive.


7 posted on 09/28/2010 8:02:12 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: lastchance

Let’s just say it’s being manufactured for this election campaign for the sheeple’s consumption and to counter those who say Obama is a Muslim.


8 posted on 09/28/2010 8:04:19 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Alex Murphy

So he’s a Catholic now?
Rev. Wright is a Catholic?

Infidel!


9 posted on 09/28/2010 8:04:41 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Alex Murphy
We all know that the Blessed Virgin Mary is important in Rev Wright's theology and preaching. I am certain that he mentioned the BVM in nearly all of his sermons. The United Church of Christ is a big fan of the BVM. Obama has written two autobiographical books, and I am certain that the BVM is mentioned many times-—NOT.
10 posted on 09/28/2010 8:05:02 AM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: Alex Murphy

Closet Christian, In my best African “THAT LIE!!!!”

Pure propaganda, highest quality horse feces. Great for roses!

Ever wonder why muslims like him so much?... ever wonder why we will fail in our defenses against them (purposefully and intentionally)?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2585916/posts?page=27#27


11 posted on 09/28/2010 8:05:37 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: ClearBlueSky
I can say I always carry $5000 on me- but do I? Who can tell?

Yes, next you know there will be an article that Barry has a black belt in karate.(kids lie about that, right)

12 posted on 09/28/2010 8:06:50 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Alex Murphy

“...Obama is actually a closet Catholic...”

Yeah, one who wanted to make it illegal to provide medical care to a baby that survives abortion.


13 posted on 09/28/2010 8:07:00 AM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: KarlInOhio

Catholic voters couldn’t be stupid enough to fall for this. Next, the Globe will have pictures of Obamalini fondling a rosary.


14 posted on 09/28/2010 8:08:36 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Alex Murphy
Better Koinkydink ~ check out Don Bosco or John Bosco. His father died when John was 2. Though living a life of poverty raised by his single mother, he became quite a "community organizer".

I'm sure this saint's life was quite attractive to Obama ~ as it should be to any young lad in similar life's circumstances.

I've always been impressed by the earliest French priests who sought to open up the Indiana wilderness to civilization ~ and that doesn't make anyone a Catholic.

15 posted on 09/28/2010 8:10:21 AM PDT by muawiyah ("GIT OUT THE WAY" The Republicans are coming)
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To: Alex Murphy

Virgin Mama- safe call, Bammy. Kinda like voting “Present” on contentious issues in the Illinois Legislature. In some ways, Mary’s like Lady Di, Ghandi, or Lincoln, revered and reverenced, nearly mythical and built up into something far greater than than in real life. Mary never asked us for much of anything, never told us to let the dead bury their own dead, never claimed to not bring peace, but a sword. Mary never shouted that she was only way to God, Truth, and Life. Mary’s a gentle, sweet. politician-y choice, Bammy. Well done, young jet-eye.


16 posted on 09/28/2010 8:10:57 AM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: Alex Murphy
“The Virgin Mary was first formally given the title of “Help of Christians” by Pope Pius V after the dramatic naval victory over the Turkish forces at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.”

Lepanto, that great battle in which the Holy League defeated the navy of the Ottoman Turks, has its anniversary on October 7. A good day to read GK Chesterton's magnificent poem http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/lepanto.htm

A good day also for someone in the press to ask Barack Hussein Obama to open out his wallet and prove his wife isn't the liar some of us (myself included) think she is. Speaking of "Lepanto", perhaps instead of a Ground Zero mosque, there should be a Lepanto Square on that "Park51" property.

18 posted on 09/28/2010 8:13:22 AM PDT by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government footprint!)
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To: achilles2000
Catholic voters couldn’t be stupid enough to fall for this.

Anyone (Catholic or not) who believes Obama is a secret Catholic, based only on a trinket he supposedly carries in his pocket, deserves to be laughed out of the voting booth (and if they're Catholic, laughed out of the confessional booth).

19 posted on 09/28/2010 8:14:13 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: Alex Murphy

He also has a monkey god good luck charm in his pocket. Maybe he’s a closet Hindu.


20 posted on 09/28/2010 8:14:40 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Alex Murphy

He also has a monkey god good luck charm in his pocket. Maybe he’s a closet Hindu.


21 posted on 09/28/2010 8:15:58 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: running_dog_lackey
and THAT is way it is an insult to not only real Catholics but to Our Blessed Mother as well that Mr. "I-Don't-want-my-girls-to-be-punished-with-a-baby" would even think that this shameless pandering would help him win the Catholic Vote.

He doesn't love her not really, (If he did maybe he would go to Worship her Son more often, instead of using his name as a swear word on the Back 9....)

22 posted on 09/28/2010 8:16:21 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: achilles2000
Obamalini AKA "Il Douche".
23 posted on 09/28/2010 8:16:29 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Perhaps Michelle will next reveal that Obamalini also secretly wears Mormon underwear and davens when watching TV in the White House at night.


24 posted on 09/28/2010 8:18:05 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Alex Murphy
Many people may be surprised that Muslims love Mary, the mother of Jesus. In the Quran, no woman is given more attention than Mary. Mary receives the most attention of any woman mentioned in the Quran even though all the Prophets with the exception of Adam had mothers. Of the Quran's 114 chapters, she is among the eight people who have a chapter named after them.

From this site .... Islam for Today

25 posted on 09/28/2010 8:18:26 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c
Thanks for mentioning that Muslems revere Mary above any other woman. I was getting ready to mention this myself! They even conduct pilgrimages to Ephesus in Turkey to honor her. Mother Mary and Islam

This doesn't mean Obama is a Christian. If anything -- its another nail in the coffin that he's MUSLEM!

28 posted on 09/28/2010 8:39:06 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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Then in 1683, the forces of Christendom beat back the 200,000 Ottoman Turks from the gates of Vienna.

I am amazed that someone mentioned the Battle of Vienna without mentioning the date!

29 posted on 09/28/2010 8:48:28 AM PDT by Legatus (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: conservativegramma; Alex Murphy

I was thinking that too (that carrying a card with Mary’s image wouldn’t necessarily mean he’s not a Muslim).

What I wonder, is the author of this piece attempting to be tongue in cheek, laying a sarcastic groundwork for Obama’s secret Cathoicism to demonstrate how he believes Obama’s alleged secret faith in Islam is equally as ludicrous? Or does he actually believe he could he a closet Catholic?

It’s tough to tell from this post and the other one Alex posted.


30 posted on 09/28/2010 8:53:30 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Alex Murphy

He may be a Muslim, but is she?

It’s o.k. to lie according to Islam...


31 posted on 09/28/2010 9:10:35 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: KarlInOhio

He carries a wallet?

Now why would he do that? He has our Treasury.

BS


32 posted on 09/28/2010 9:11:50 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: FourtySeven; conservativegramma
What I wonder, is the author of this piece attempting to be tongue in cheek, laying a sarcastic groundwork for Obama’s secret Cathoicism to demonstrate how he believes Obama’s alleged secret faith in Islam is equally as ludicrous? Or does he actually believe he could he a closet Catholic? It’s tough to tell from this post and the other one Alex posted.

Definitely tongue-in-cheek. Many Catholics I know have seriously underdeveloped/malnourished senses of humor, even when it's written by fellow Catholics. Those same Catholics take great joy in taking offense, going positively apoplectic when they see my name next to it.

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33 posted on 09/28/2010 9:14:19 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: Alex Murphy
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Day of Prayer for the Church in China
Our Lady, Help of Christians [Dom Guéranger] (Catholic Caucus)
Novena to Our Lady Help of Christians -- May 15-24 (Catholic Caucus)
34 posted on 09/28/2010 9:19:37 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy

**the first family of the United States has great devotion.”**

Shaking my head on this one!


35 posted on 09/28/2010 9:21:29 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Freddd
He carries a wallet?

That explains it. He pickpocketed a Catholic.

He also has an Indiana driver's license, an organ donor card and a South Bend library card.

36 posted on 09/28/2010 9:31:08 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Grblb blabt unt mipt speeb!! Oot piffoo blaboo...)
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To: Alex Murphy
An idolater and a Muslim. Oh My!
37 posted on 09/28/2010 10:00:18 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("Take, drink. Remember and believe that the blood of Jesus was shed for a complete remission ...")
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To: Alex Murphy

Talk of taking God´s name in vain. WOW!


38 posted on 09/28/2010 1:48:26 PM PDT by onedoug
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