Obama praises Pope’s ‘extraordinary leadership,’ vows ‘robust’ conscience clause, speaks on Church divisions, homosexuality
A week before his audience with Pope Benedict XVI, President Barack Obama addressed eight questions from Catholic reporters and editors on July 2. Click the link to read the whole article.
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White House courts Catholics before Obama’s meeting with Pope
In the final days before a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and President Barack Obama, the White House has launched what journalist John Allen describes as a “charm offensive” in Rome, which is having noticeable effects. A senior cardinal and longtime papal theologian has written sympathetically (but not accurately) about Obama’s approach to issues involving the dignity of human life. Other Vatican officials have suggested that they are open to Obama’s appeals, but recognize the clear conflicts that are likely to persist.