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Obama — more Catholic than the Pope?

[ Newsweek magazine, one of the world’s leading propaganda outlets (owned by the Washington Post), is running a story that suggests that Barack Obama “represents” Catholics better than the Pope himself. The idea seems to be, according to “Newsweak,” that morality (or theology) should be determined by popular vote… However, the fact that Mr. Obama de facto “represents” Catholic views in the USA says nothing about the de jure responsibility of Catholic devotees to submit to their leadership’s views. In other words, this is an “authority” issue, not a head count issue, and Jewish and other religions face the same sorts of quandaries… Newsweek is nothing but a disinformation outlet. ]

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Without a Doubt

Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does.

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 closely than those vocal bishops and pro-life activists. When Obama meets the pope tomorrow, they’ll politely disagree about reproductive freedoms and homosexuality, but Catholics back home won’t care, because they know Obama’s on their side. In fact, Obama’s agenda is closer to their views than even the pope’s.

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