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Report: Obama to Meet with Pope

By Scott Wilson
President Obama plans to meet with Pope Benedict XVI during a visit to Rome next month, the Reuters news agency is reporting from Vatican City.

The White House would neither confirm nor deny the story this morning, but it stands to reason. Obama is traveling to Italy early next month for the G8 summit, and when in Rome....

Obama's visit to the Holy See recalls his last trip to a noted Catholic institution, and the less than uniformly warm welcome he received due to his support for abortion rights. He delivered the commencement address at University of Notre Dame last month and was met by some protest -- and some support -- from the largely Catholic student body.

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As I recall the Notre Dame speech he was warmly received at the actual event. There were the usual right to life hooligans outside the event. You make it sound like it was about even on both sides which is not accurate.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | June 24, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Pope Benedict XVI is a wonderful pope. I've read his works and truly feel he carries the Church the way Jesus instructed. Hopefully his words towards Obama and his followers will help them understand the evil and immorality of abortion and same-sex marriage (aka homosexual behavior/acts). Our country is heading towards a serious evil down slide at the rate it is going in the immoral direction.

Posted by: kaylancor | June 24, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

The Pope should see this image of Obama, so he recognizes who else lives behind the slick Con man's smile.

Posted by: dottydo | June 24, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Could this be the reason Obama said in his Father's Day special that life begins at conception? As a devout Catholic, I hope the Pope decides agaist meeting with him. Obamas stance on abortion is the most horrific as he condones late term abortion--the killing of viable babies.

Posted by: kavalair | June 24, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

fr kburke2:

>...The Catholic Church vigorously disagrees with President Obama on abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and same-sex “marriage”. ...

Your sentence insults at least 18000 same-sex couples who were able to marry last year before prop HATE was illegally pushed through in California. I am one of those 36000, and you are insulting my LEGAL MARRIAGE by putting quotations around the word. We ARE legally married, whether YOU like it or not.

I always thought the current pope to be the worst choice possible. I would have liked to have seen the African gentleman be elected over pope benny, who is bound and determined to override all of his predecessor's good works.

Posted by: Alex511 | June 24, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama planning to be the Federal receiver for all religious donations, to then re-distibute the money to his choices?

He promised great answers on cars and now they are foreign owned. He promised great things on Banks, and now no one gets loan, but all get gouged. He promised Nancy he was honoring Regan, then turned to spout venom with his acorns.

The Pope better be careful, the silver tongued devil is coming.

Posted by: dottydo | June 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I love how reporters put their own spin on events that we the public have actually witnessed. "He delivered the commencement address at University of Notre Dame last month and was met by some protest -- and some support --from the largely Catholic student body.". From everything I saw and heard the sentence should have been written as follows: "met with some protest - mostly from outsiders - and energetic and ethusiastic support from...student body."

Posted by: rlj611 | June 24, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I bet you one dollar that Obama end up selling the Pope a used car; you know, he talk so well.

Posted by: alfonsorfarina | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The Vatican did not reach out to the Obama administration for a meeting when Obama is in Rome for the G8 meeting. The Obama Administration inquired of the Vatican if a meeting would be possible. The Catholic Church vigorously disagrees with President Obama on abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and same-sex “marriage”. However, a meeting between the Holy Father and Obama, if it takes place, should not be construed as tacit approval of the heinous Obama policies of abortion, embryonic stem cell harvesting and same-sex "marriage". Hopefully, Obama will learn something in Rome.

Posted by: kburke2 | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think it is really, really sad that the only focus of Catholic thought regarding the current President of the United States is the issue of "abortion support." There are so many more issues that deserve notice and dialogue and prayerful reflection. I'm always struck by the outright hostility shown by so many people who think of themselves as followers of Christ once the topic of abortion is raised. In my opinion, the Roman Catholic Church has many complicated issues on its hands (i.e., sexual morality in general and the implications of the "fabric of life" philosophy) that cannot be solved with anger or hostility. Quite the contrary. If you think about it, the "forces of evil" win every time when people are drawn into a hostile debate over something that cannot ultimately be controlled by secular legislation.

The "all-or-nothing" stance of some Catholics is a sad relic of centuries of denial of the inevitable change in humanity and in the institution known as the Roman Catholic Church. Within 25 years from now when the current Curia is dead and buried and today's youth are tomorrows leaders (both secular and religious), Christ will still be calling us to be One with Him and to practice a faith based on Love.

The reason I posted this comment today is that being a Roman Catholic myself, I felt I was called upon to say something here that did not denigrate President Obama in the context of the issue of abortion. Obama is not the Pope...we should not look to him for solutions to issues of faith. Likewise, the current Pope is not the President of the United States and so he does not have the responsibilities of that office. Let's try to keep our secular issues separate from religious ones. Otherwise, we may as well all move to Iran or Saudi Arabia and ask for our religious leaders to dictate to everyone what they can and cannot do. Does anyone here really want either the Pope or the President of the USA to do that? I think not. At least I pray not.

Posted by: thomas_4 | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

And someone needs to tell Michelle - Do NOT get any DVD's or other gifts for the Pope's wife.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 24, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how the Messiah explains to the Pope that sucking the brains out of a living fetus is a "right"!

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 24, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Let us pray that, moved by the the Holy Father's pastoral ministrations, the boy messiah sees the light and recants his vile opinions.

Failing that, let us pray B16 is blessed with the fortitude to set the sucker straight once and for all.

Posted by: zjr78xva | June 24, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems to be very late on the issues, maybe by September he'll get around to North Korea and Iran!

Posted by: lek91091 | June 24, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely right! The Vatican WILL NOT honor Obama like Notre Dame did. The Vatican only confers honors on those who stand with the Church on the deep issues of the day. Men like Nicolas Sarkozy and Bill Richard..son.


Posted by: jaho | June 24, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Popein is hard work. Gotta keep that Pope Hand strong.....

Posted by: SkinsDiesel | June 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

First, it is inaccurate to say Obama got "some support" at Notre Dame. Among students, including the graduating class, and faculty, his appearance was overwhelmingly supported. About 20 students boycotted the ceremony and another 20 or so wore signs of protest on their caps. That's out of 1,900-plus graduates. The coverage in the Post and elsewhere indicated this accurately.

Second: Stay tuned for incredible rationalizations on why the Pope can invite Obama but Notre Dame cannot. In the eyes of the Church which is the higher "honor: an honorary degree from Notre Dame or a private meeting with His Holiness in the Vatican?

Posted by: MalJohnson | June 24, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

First, it is the University of Notre Dame, not Notre Dame University. Second, the guidelines state that fellow Catholics should not be awarded for their 'pro-choice' position. Last time I checked, President Obama is not a Catholic. Third, the ND Class of '09, which I am a part of, overwhelmingly supported President Obama as the commencement speaker. ND did the right thing in letting him speak at our graduation.

Posted by: gpcorey25 | June 24, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The Pope will greet President Obama warmly and personally, and be perfectly honest with him about where the Church stands on various issues (certainly including but not limited to abortion and other issues of human life) and he will tell Obama how much the developing world needs the US, how the US can and should be a force for peace and human rights, economic justice, etc. It's a different situation than Notre Dame, Obama will be shown honor and kindness but not given a platform or an honorary degree or anything like that, which was inappropriate and in conflict with the guidelines of the US Bishops which Notre Dame should have followed.

Posted by: elizdelphi | June 24, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh......some of these posts ought to be good........


Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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