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  • Vatican Backs Obama’s Global Agenda

    11/18/2009 10:31:49 AM PST · by FromLori · 76 replies · 2,202+ views
    AIM ^ | 11/18 | Cliff Kincaid
    Some pro-life Catholics reacted with shock to the news that the Vatican warmly greeted the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, who is pro-abortion. They don't seem to understand that the Vatican and Obama agree on most major international issues. This is the untold story-how Obama and the Vatican accept major ingredients of what has been called a New World Order. Another untold story is how, despite a disagreement over abortion, the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Obama Administration agree on major aspects of so-called health care reform. These topics are mostly taboo in the liberal and...
  • Vatican Paper Urges Obama to Remember War on Life (Practice and endorsement of abortion)

    10/14/2009 11:51:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 679+ views
    Zenit.org/L'Osservatore ^ | October 13, 2009 | Lucetta Scaraffia
    Vatican Paper Urges Obama to Remember War on Life Notes Reservations on Criteria for Peace Prize Selection VATICAN CITY, OCT. 13, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Upon accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, U.S. President Barack Obama should remember not only the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the war being waged against the unborn, according to an article in L'Osservatore Romano. The semi-official Vatican newspaper published an article in Sunday's Italian edition that responded to Obama's peace prize win. The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the news Friday, saying it recognized the president's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between...
  • Vatican Backs Obama's Global Agenda

    10/13/2009 12:56:05 PM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 380 replies · 4,501+ views
    ChristianWorldviewNetwork.com ^ | October 13, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    Liberal and conservative Catholics alike would prefer not to discuss how the Catholic Church, here and abroad, functions like a liberal/left-wing political lobby. Some pro-life Catholics are acting shocked that the Vatican warmly greeted the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, who is pro-abortion. They don't seem to understand that the Vatican and Obama agree on most major international issues. This is the untold story-how Obama and the Vatican accept major ingredients of what has been called a New World Order. Another untold story is how, despite a disagreement over abortion, the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the...
  • The Bishop's Ax Falls on Obama. And on the Vatican Curia (bombshell article)

    10/11/2009 1:30:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 1,324+ views
    Express Online ^ | October 10, 2009 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, October 8, 2009 – "I will always forcefully defend the right of the bishops to criticize me," Barack Obama pledged just before his meeting with Benedict XVI last July 10. Indeed. About 80 of the Catholic bishops of the United States are in open disagreement with him on crucial questions, in primis the defense of life. Among these is Cardinal Francis George, president of the bishops' conference and archbishop of Chicago, Obama's city. And there's also the bishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, 65, member of a Native American tribe and a Capuchin Franciscan. Last year, he published...
  • Obama vs. The Catholic Church

    Here is a video explaining Obama's disdain for normal Catholics: http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=vVN2MMuiedI&feature=sdig&et=1242466852.02
  • Vatican rejects Kennedy diplomat role (Caroline)

    08/28/2009 1:24:49 AM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies · 1,280+ views
    Irish Times.com ^ | April 13, 2009 | PADDY AGNEW
    ITALIAN MEDIA sources last weekend reported that the Holy See has rejected the possible appointment of Caroline Kennedy as US Ambassador to the Vatican. Milan-based daily Il Giornale, owned by the family of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said that the Vatican has rejected three possible choices by the Obama government for the post of US ambassador, including that of Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F Kennedy. Il Giornale claims that the appointment of a new US ambassador to succeed Mary Ann Glendon has proved difficult because of the “strained” relations between the White House and the Holy See,...
  • Obama's Vatican ambassador arrives in Rome

    08/27/2009 12:44:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,007+ views
    cna ^ | August 27, 2009
    Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2009 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- This morning Dr. Miguel Diaz arrived in Rome with his family to begin serving in his new position as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Ambassador-designate Diaz said that he and his family are looking forward to the coming weeks and that he hopes to "deepen and expand upon the special relationship" between the U.S. and the Vatican.Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz, arrived with his family this morning at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport. Prior to leaving the U.S. he was sworn in as ambassador on August...
  • The Pope, Obama and the Mideast

    08/25/2009 8:19:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 299+ views
    ZENIT ^ | August 24, 2009
    PARIS, AUG. 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI and U.S. President Barack Obama are both calling for a "new beginning" in the Middle East. Their common use of the same term brought French philosopher Henri Hude to analyze the proposal that both men have made to bring about peace in one of the world's most troubled spots. The Pope's call (given in the context of his May pilgrimage to the Holy Land) and Obama's call (given in his speech in Cairo the following month) are the subject of an essay Hude wrote for Humanitas, a journal published by the Pontifical Catholic...
  • Cuban-Born Theologian Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

    07/30/2009 6:34:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 697+ views
    (English-language translation) Radio Martí - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by acclamation the nomination of Cuban theologian Miguel Díaz as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, an appointment that must be ratified by the full Senate. If confirmed, 45-year-old Havana native Díaz would be the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador to the Holy See since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984. Díaz, the son of a waiter and a typist, was the first member of his family to earn a university degree. He studied at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Notre Dame, working as professor at...
  • The Catholic Case Against Obamacare

    07/22/2009 8:42:17 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 11 replies · 433+ views
    ProLifeblogs.com ^ | 7/22/09 | Voice in the Crowd
    I have frequently thought on many issues that the Democratic Party provides the "wrong answers to the right questions." How can we provide better assistance to the poor? How can we make sure workers are treated fairly? How can we help women with unwanted pregnancies? How can we give everyone access to needed health care... As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have told us, everyone deserves medical care, and it is a noble end goal. My own bishop, William Murphy, penned a letter to US Senate Committee on Finance on behalf of the USCCB citing: "The moral measure of...
  • ‘Smart’ Obama outreach to Catholics seeks to offset abortion concerns, commentator says

    07/24/2009 6:26:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 556+ views
    cna ^ | July 24, 2009
    President Barack Obama Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2009 / 04:16 am (CNA).- Catholic commentator Deal Hudson says the Obama administration is engaging in "smart" outreach to Catholics by offsetting concerns about abortion with unifying rhetoric and compelling stories. In his view, this outreach also benefits from Republican inaction towards Hispanics and Catholics.Speaking with U.S. News & World Report writer Dan Gilgoff, Hudson questioned President Barack Obama’s "common ground" rhetoric about abortion."It's very smart for Obama to actually take the advice of his Catholic outreach team. They have done a good job navigating the challenges they face among Catholics over...
  • Obama Misled Pope on Abortion, Congressman Charges

    07/21/2009 8:58:02 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 37 replies · 882+ views
    EWTN ^ | Jul 20, 2009
    In remarks on the House floor last week, Congressman Chris Smith argued that President Obama purposely misled Pope Benedict XVI when he said that he “wants to reduce abortion” at their July 10 meeting. Smith recalled the president's statement to the Pope and pointed out that Obama has repeated it several times to different audiences. And yet, Smith charged, Obama’s actions have not aligned with his words. “He says one thing and does precisely the opposite.” Now, the New Jersey Congressman said, Obama is offering a plan for health care reform that is a thinly veiled attempt to increase access...
  • Did President Obama Mislead Pope Benedict? [Catholic Caucus]

    07/17/2009 8:17:29 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 18 replies · 578+ views
    Lifesitenews.com ^ | 16 July 2009 | Deal Hudson
    In the late afternoon of July 10, President Obama met privately with Pope Benedict XVI for just over 30 minutes. According to official Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, S.J., "The president explicitly expressed his commitment to reducing the numbers of abortions and to listen to the church's concern on moral issues." On July 13 in a Senate committee hearing, Sen. Barbara Mikulski was forced to admit under persistent questioning by Sen. Orrin Hatch that the new health-care bill includes abortion coverage. Planned Parenthood's Guttmacher Institute estimates government funding of abortion increases abortion by 20 to 35 percent. There were 1,206,200...
  • Did President Obama Mislead Pope Benedict?

    07/16/2009 12:18:31 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 2,384+ views
    LifeSiteNews/InsideCatholic ^ | 7/16/09 | Deal Hudson
    July 16, 2009 (InsideCatholic.com) - In the late afternoon of July 10, President Obama met privately with Pope Benedict XVI for just over 30 minutes. According to official Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, S.J., "The president explicitly expressed his commitment to reducing the numbers of abortions and to listen to the church's concern on moral issues."   On July 13 in a Senate committee hearing, Sen. Barbara Mikulski was forced to admit under persistent questioning by Sen. Orrin Hatch that the new health-care bill includes abortion coverage. Planned Parenthood's Guttmacher Institute estimates government funding of abortion increases abortion by 20 to...
  • Prominent Kennedy’s ‘bogus and embarrassing’ remarks set Obama over Pope, critic says

    07/14/2009 10:08:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies · 1,777+ views
    cna ^ | July 14, 2009
    Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2009 / 05:54 am (CNA).- Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s recent Newsweek editorial claiming President Barack Obama represents U.S. Catholics better than Pope Benedict XVI has been attacked by one Catholic critic as “bogus and embarrassing.”Townsend, the eldest child of Robert F. Kennedy, in a July 9 Newsweek column claimed that the Catholic hierarchy ignores women’s equality and “gays’ cry for justice” because they cannot admit they are wrong.She endorsed dissent from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which upheld traditional Christian teaching on the immorality of contraception. She...
  • The Pope Meets Obama: God's Law Trumps Harvard Law

    07/13/2009 4:32:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 874+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2009 | Allen Hunt
    Only three people have I ever met in person and felt small. Humility is not my greatest strength, but three people each had something about them that reminded me of my many inadequacies. And that is a good thing. Coach Owenby, my school days basketball coach, had that intimidating testosterone physical presence and demeanor. He simply commanded respect. The ever-present chew of tobacco in his cheek heightened the intimidation. I felt very small in his presence every day. Professor Meeks, my dissertation advisor, had a similar effect on me but for different reasons. His breadth of reading and his mind...
  • In wake of G8, Pope warns of “dark scenarios” for world if absolutism of technology persists

    07/12/2009 11:36:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 659+ views
    asia news ^ | July 12, 2009
    Benedict XVI returns to the principal themes of his social encyclical reaffirming the need for a global commitment to development, to eliminate "social inequality and structural injustices that are no longer tolerable." The social question has become an "anthropological” issue which implies a way of conceiving man in truth, body and soul. Prayers for Honduras and a farewell ahead of holidays in Les Combes (Aosta Valley). Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The absolutism of technology, which finds its clearest expression in certain practices contrary to life”, could "draw dark scenarios for the future of humanity": Benedict XVI returns to warn against...
  • President gives pope personal letter from Kennedy

    07/11/2009 9:44:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 53 replies · 1,408+ views
    CNN ^ | 7-10-09 | Steve Brusk
    President Obama presented Pope Benedict XVI a letter from Sen. Edward Kennedy during their meeting at the Vatican Friday, and asked the Pontiff to pray for the senator, who is being treated for brain cancer. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters the president called the Massachusetts Democrat after the meeting. Gibbs said the two spoke for about 10 minutes as Air Force One left Rome heading for Ghana, "telling him he had delivered the letter on his behalf to the Pope." The letter was described as personal. According to Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough, "the contents of...
  • Pope Presses Obama On Abortion Stem Cells

    07/11/2009 7:30:33 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 8 replies · 549+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 11, 2009
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI stressed the church's opposition to abortion and stem cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday, pressing the Vatican's case with the U.S. leader who is already under fire on those issues from some conservative Catholics and bishops back home...Afterward, the Vatican said the leaders discussed immigration, the Middle East peace process and aid to developing nations. But the Vatican's statement also underscored the pair's deep disagreement on abortion. "In the course of their cordial exchanges, the conversation turned first of all to questions which are in the interest of...
  • Benedict XVI Offers Life Lessons to Obama (at Vatican meeting today)

    07/10/2009 10:15:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies · 1,862+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | JULY 10, 2009 | Aenit.org
    Benedict XVI Offers Life Lessons to Obama US President Makes 1st Visit to Vatican VATICAN CITY, JULY 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Abortion, conscience protection and bioethics took center stage as Benedict XVI and U.S. President Barack Obama met for the first time today. The Pope received the president, who was in Italy for the Group of Eight summit that end today in L'Aquila, for about a half hour in a private, closed-door meeting. In a communiqué issued shortly after the meeting concluded, the Vatican reported that the "conversation turned first of all to questions which are in the interests of all...
  • Spokesman says pope wants honest dialogue with Obama on life issues

    07/10/2009 4:24:34 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 51 replies · 1,302+ views
    CNS News ^ | july 10, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI gave President Barack Obama a Vatican document on bioethics, he was trying to be clear with him about church teaching and open a path to further dialogue, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, told reporters after the meeting between the pope and the president that, in giving Obama the document July 10, "the intention was not to be divisive or political, but for clarity and objectivity; to say that, for us, this is extremely important." Pope Benedict gave Obama the document "Dignitas Personae" ("The Dignity of a Person"), which was published in December...
  • Without A Doubt: Why Barack Obama Represents American Catholics Better Than The Pope Does.

    07/10/2009 5:04:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 47 replies · 1,382+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 10th 2009
    Without a Doubt Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does. By Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Jul 9, 2009 Tomorrow Pope Benedict XVI and President Barack Obama meet for the first time, an affair much anticipated and in some circles frowned upon by American Catholics in the wake of Obama's controversial Notre Dame commencement speech in May. Conservatives in the church denounced Obama's appearance as a nod by the premier Catholic university to a conciliatory politics that heralds the start of a slippery moral slope.
  • Does Obama Have A Friend In The Vatican? (Another Dionne Barf Alert!!!)

    07/10/2009 7:57:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 724+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2009 | E.J. DIONNE JR
    When President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI on Friday, there were no right-wing Catholic demonstrators upbraiding the pontiff, as they did Notre Dame earlier this year, for conferring the church's legitimacy upon this liberal politician. In fact, whether he is the beneficiary of providence or merely of good luck, Obama had his audience with Benedict just three days after the release of a papal encyclical on social justice that places the pope well to Obama's left on economics. What a delightful surprise it would be for a pope to tell our president that on some matters, he's just too...
  • Obama delivers letter from (Ted) Kennedy to Pope

    07/10/2009 12:36:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 2,021+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2009
    U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a letter from Senator Edward Kennedy to Pope Benedict on Friday and asked the Roman Catholic pontiff to pray for the senator, who is suffering from an incurable brain tumor. Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough said the Pope and the president concluded their half-hour meeting with a discussion about Kennedy, whose brother John F. Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic president of the United States. "The president delivered a letter from Senator Kennedy to the Holy Father. He also asked that the Holy Father pray for ... Kennedy, who as we all know is...
  • POTUS meets PETER: Pope Defends the Dignity of Life

    07/10/2009 11:37:54 AM PDT · by tcg · 47 replies · 4,862+ views
    Catholic online ^ | 7/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    However, the real story was broken by Cindy Wooden of the Catholic News Service. She reported that Pope Benedict XVI gave his own gift to the U.S. President, a copy of the extraordinary document entitled “Dignitas Personae” (”The Dignity of a Person”). This instruction is a passionate defense of the dignity of every single human life from the moment of conception until natural death. ...Wooden reports that she was in the Vatican bookstore prior to the arrival of the President of the United States and, in her own words “While I was trying to pay, the cashier was interrupted by...
  • Obama and pope meet for first time

    07/10/2009 11:06:55 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 1,352+ views
    Associated Press (Obama) ^ | July 10, 2009 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    President Barack Obama sat down with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Friday for frank but constructive talks between two men who agree on helping the poor but disagree on abortion and stem cell research. "It's a great honor," Obama said, greeting the pope and thanking him for this first meeting, which lasted 30 minutes. They sat down at the pontiff's desk in the Papal Library and exchanged pleasantries before the media were ushered out of the ornate room. The pope was heard asking about the Group of Eight summit, the meeting of developed nations that concluded before Obama...
  • Obama tells pope he wants to reduce abortions in U.S.

    07/10/2009 11:26:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 106 replies · 2,031+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2009 | Philip Pullella and Jeff Mason
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - President Barack Obama promised Pope Benedict on Friday that he would do everything possible to reduce the number of abortions in the United States, the Vatican said. Obama and Benedict held private talks for about 40 minutes in the pope's frescoed study in the Vatican's apostolic palace and the Vatican said bioethics and life issues were a central part of the discussion. In a surprise move, the pontiff gave Obama a booklet explaining Vatican opposition to practices such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research, which Obama supports. "Obama told the pope of his commitment to...
  • Obama Meets Pope For Talk On Abortions And Stem Cell Research

    07/10/2009 10:45:25 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 646+ views
    London Times ^ | July 10th 2009
    July 10, 2009 Obama meets Pope for talk on abortions and stem cell research Richard Owen, Rome Touched by the hand of God ... President Obama meets the Pope for first time President Obama met the Pope for the first time today in a groundbreaking encounter which should help repair the US leader’s relations with America’s Catholic hierarchy. During a private 35-minute meeting, the President told Pope Benedict XVI that he would try to limit the number of abortions in the United States. President Obama supports the right of women to have abortions, but has says the procedure should be...
  • Caption Obama & The Pope

    07/10/2009 8:54:31 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 42 replies · 1,433+ views
    U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican July 10, 2009. Obama arrived at the Vatican on Friday for his first meeting with Pope Benedict and what the White House says will be frank discussions on issues they agree and disagree on. U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle Obama meet with Pope Benedict XVI (C) at the Vatican July 10, 2009.
  • Pope Benedict's Meeting with Obama a Setback for Conservative Catholics

    07/10/2009 9:20:46 AM PDT · by NCjim · 45 replies · 1,167+ views
    This has been a tough stretch for conservative Christians in America, especially of the Catholic variety. Notre Dame welcomed Barack Obama at commencement with open arms and an honorary degree after a number of bishops and conservative activists decreed that the nation's preeminent Catholic university had forfeited its bona fides with the invitation. The president has said that the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is not a priority, promised that "robust" conscience protections for health care workers are coming, and pushed for a package of abortion-reduction legislation that should be unveiled by summer's end. And just this week, Pope Benedict...
  • Pope gives Obama 'unannounced' gift: Vatican document on right to life and bioethics

    07/10/2009 9:56:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 2,260+ views
    cna ^ | July 10, 2009
    Vatican City, Jul 10, 2009 / 11:37 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI received President Barack Obama this afternoon in his private library, and after 36 minutes of private conversation, the pair emerged without providing any details about their topics of conversation. Nevertheless, the Holy See revealed that the Pope gave Obama an “unannounced gift”--a Vatican document on bioethics and the right to life. "The G8 has been very productive, 20 billion dollars have been allocated [to poor countries]; that's something concrete," President Obama told the Pope when he asked about the summit, as photographers and journalists were ushered out...
  • Obama, pope share ideals, DeLauro says (CT Congress Critter)

    07/10/2009 4:54:43 AM PDT · by raybbr · 7 replies · 439+ views
    New Haven Register ^ | July 10, 2009 | Ed Stannard
    Today’s meeting between President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI will bring together two leaders who share a vision for helping the needy of the world and working toward peace, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, said Thursday. Obama’s first meeting with the leader of the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics follows the release of the encyclical “Charity in Truth” on Wednesday, in which Benedict stated that love of neighbor and justice require the wealthy and powerful nations of the world to help the poor, seek peace and protect the Earth. “He presents a challenge to all political leaders,” DeLauro said...
  • Obama and pope hold their first meeting (Pics!)

    07/10/2009 8:56:55 AM PDT · by maggief · 186 replies · 4,154+ views
    AP ^ | July 10, 2009 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama sat down with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Friday for a meeting in which frank but constructive talks were expected between two men who agree on helping the poor but disagree on abortion and stem cell research.
  • Caption Time! (Obamas with Pope)

    07/10/2009 8:54:54 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 133 replies · 3,165+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/10/2009 | n/a
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet with Pope Benedict XVI, Friday, July 10, 2009, at the Vatican.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
  • Without a Doubt: Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does

    07/09/2009 7:53:09 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 74 replies · 1,724+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Sep 7, 2009 | Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
    Tomorrow Pope Benedict XVI and President Barack Obama meet for the first time, an affair much anticipated and in some circles frowned upon by American Catholics in the wake of Obama's controversial Notre Dame commencement speech in May. Conservatives in the church denounced Obama's appearance as a nod by the premier Catholic university to a conciliatory politics that heralds the start of a slippery moral slope. In truth, though, Obama's pragmatic approach to divisive policy (his notion that we should acknowledge the good faith underlying opposing viewpoints) and his social-justice agenda reflect the views of American Catholic laity much more...
  • Kennedy-Townsend in Newsweek: Obama 'More Catholic' Than Pope

    07/10/2009 2:13:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies · 1,544+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 9, 2009 | Matthew Balan
    Newsweek took their criticism of Pope Benedict XVI to the next level on Thursday- not only did guest columnist Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend affirm that the pontiff could learn from President Obama (something Newsweek and their partners at the Washington Post agreed upon back in April), but also blasted the Bishop of Rome and the Catholic hierarchy for their supposed “disdain” towards women and homosexuals. The former lieutenant governor of Maryland began her column, titled "Without a Doubt: Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does," with the context of the pope’s upcoming meeting with the American president,...
  • Justice Ginsburg, Eugenics, the President and the Pope

    07/09/2009 3:09:41 PM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies · 506+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I, like millions of other Pro-Life people, am sincerely hoping that the Lord will use Pope Benedict XVI to help the American President see the conflict between his claim to respect the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church, most especially as it relates to our obligations in solidarity to give the poor a love of preference. As Blessed Teresa of Calcutta reminded us so clearly, children in the womb are the “poorest of the poor.” Yet, he has stopped his ears to their cry. Throughout his campaign Barack Obama reminded us of our obligation to love our neighbor. He told...
  • White House Says Obama, Pope Benedict XVI Will Have "Frank" Talk on Abortion

    07/08/2009 2:48:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 1,070+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/8/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The White House is saying that pro-abortion President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, will have a "frank' talk on abortion when they meet on Friday. Obama is currently in Italy for the Group of Eight summit and the two will meet after the conference concludes. "I think there will be a frank discussion [about abortion]," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to an AP report.On subject like abortion where Obama is out of step with the pro-life teachings of the Catholic faith,...
  • Obama: Social Justice in Catholic Church Has Had 'Profound Influence' on Me....

    07/07/2009 9:10:12 PM PDT · by TaraP · 18 replies · 563+ views
    Fox ^ | July 7th, 2009
    President Obama said the Catholic Church's long tradition of social justice has had a "profound influence" on him -- just days before he is to meet with Pope Benedict XVI on his first trip to Italy. Obama told FOX News that he looks forward to reading the encyclical, a "circular letter" titled "Charity in Truth," published by the Vatican. The encyclical -- set to be published on the eve of the G8 summit -- has been seen as a message from the pope to leaders of advanced nations who will convene in L'Aquila, Italy,on Wednesday. "Specifically, I think that social...
  • In Theory: President selects ambassador (Priest, Humanist & Rabbi explore Vatican Ambassadorships)

    07/06/2009 8:14:37 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 484+ views
    Daily Pilot ^ | Friday, June 12, 2009
    While there is much we do not know about Miguel Diaz, it does appear that the Papal Nuncio (the pope’s ambassador) to the United States is pleased with the decision. Archbishop Pietro Sambi called Diaz “an excellent choice because he knows very well the United States and because of his background in the Catholic Church.” We know also that he is a theologian and gifted with the ability to fluently speak multiple languages. He will have many opportunities to use these talents and will be able to optimize his experience in the Eternal City and hopefully be effective in his...
  • [Obama] Meet the [Catholic] Press

    07/02/2009 10:42:22 AM PDT · by TaxachusettsMan · 8 replies · 448+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | July 2, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    Earlier this morning, President Obama welcomed eight senior church journalists to the White House for an "unprecedented" listening session in advance of his first meeting with Pope Benedict next Friday. According to early word, among the group were Jesuit Fr Drew Christiansen, editor of America; National Catholic Reporter ed-in-chief Joe Feuerherd, Legion of Christ Fr Owen Kearns, publisher of the National Catholic Register, and Catholic News Service's lead DC correspondent Pat Zapor, who runs the first post-meet brief, promising "more to come": President Barack Obama told a morning round table with religion writers July 2 that he was profoundly influenced...
  • Obama cites influence of Cardinal Bernardin, prepares to meet pope

    07/02/2009 1:20:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies · 887+ views
    Catholic Review ^ | July 2, 2009 | Patricia Zapor
    U.S. President Barack Obama holds a roundtable briefing with journalists from the Catholic press and the Washington Post in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington July 2. The briefing was held in advance of the president’s scheduled meeting with Pope Benedict XVI July 10 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Lawrence Jackson, White House) WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama told a round table of religion writers July 2 that he continues to be profoundly influenced by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, whom he came to know when he was a community organizer in a project partially...
  • Obama praises Pope’s ‘extraordinary leadership,’

    07/03/2009 8:46:58 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 19 replies · 498+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 03, 2009
    A week before his audience with Pope Benedict XVI, President Barack Obama addressed eight questions from Catholic reporters and editors on July 2. The president began: I've had a wonderful conversation with the Pope over the phone right after the election. And we in some ways see this as a meeting with any other government-- the government of the Holy See. There are going to be areas where we've got deep agreements; there are going to be some areas where we've got some disagreements. So in that sense there's a government-to-government relationship that is already very strong and we want...
  • When Benedict Meets Barack (Obama will help the Catholic Church find its footing in the world)

    07/05/2009 12:30:31 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 81 replies · 2,677+ views
    Time ^ | Sunday, Jul. 05, 2009 | Jeff Israely
    When Pope Benedict XVI greets U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican on July 10, the symbolism and sheer star power of the encounter will keep the pundits chattering away. The photo op alone is worth a thousand words: The 82-year-old man in white, the world's most recognizable religious leader and head of its largest single denomination comes face-to-face with the charismatic first black President of the world's last superpower. And the scheduling efforts of both the Vatican and the White House suggest a shared appreciation of the symbolic weight the first encounter between Obama and Benedict could carry. It...
  • Obama Turns to Pope to Back Mideast Plan

    07/05/2009 4:55:50 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 22 replies · 748+ views
    Israel National News ^ | July 5, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    .S. President Barack Obama is turning to the Pope to back his vision of a new Arab state on all of Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. The president told the Catholic Italian newspaper Avvenire, one week before a scheduled meeting with the Pope in Italy, “It [the Middle East] is a subject I am keen to discuss with the pope. I think he will share my approach." Powered by WebAds President Obama has dug in his heels in insisting that Israel stop all building for Jews in Judea and Samaria, and the State Department has indicated that the ban...
  • Obama to meet the pope while in Italy for G-8

    06/25/2009 9:58:47 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 1,437+ views
    Associate Press (Obama) ^ | June 25, 2009 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    Pope Benedict XVI and President Barack Obama will meet on July 10, a much-anticipated Vatican audience with a president under attack by some American bishops for his support of abortion rights. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Wednesday the Vatican had informed the White House that Benedict is available to meet the president that afternoon. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confirmed the meeting and told reporters in Washington that Michelle Obama would accompany the president to the Vatican audience. The meeting will be at the end of Obama's stay in Italy for a G-8 summit meeting in the earthquake-stricken...
  • Pope to meet Obama July 10 during evening audience

    06/23/2009 12:11:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies · 1,600+ views
    cns ^ | June 23, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI will welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to the Vatican July 10 for an audience scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Obama will visit Italy July 8-10 to participate in the Group of Eight summit, a meeting of leaders of the world's wealthiest nations. The meeting will be held in L'Aquila, site of a devastating earthquake in April. After the G-8 summit, the president and his wife, Michelle, are scheduled to fly to Ghana, arriving late July 10. Although Pope Benedict usually meets heads of state and government in the morning, the Vatican agreed...