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Vatican Doesn’t Give Obama the Glowing Review He Wanted

The official statement from the Vatican on the visitation of President Barack Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry.

This morning, 27 March 2014, the Hon. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America, was received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, after which he met with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

During the cordial meetings, views were exchanged on some current international themes and it was hoped that, in areas of conflict, there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved.

In the context of bilateral relations and cooperation between Church and State, there was a discussion on questions of particular relevance for the Church in that country, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, as well as the issue of immigration reform. Finally, the common commitment to the eradication of trafficking of human persons in the world was stated.

Popes have been lecturing the President of the United States since likely the country was founded. The press gave high points to Pope John Paul II when he reportedly ripped former President George W. Bush over the Iraq War.  I can’t recall if anything was said when Clinton welcomed JP2 for World Youth Day in Denver  (you know, he just had Gennifer Flowers and overturned the Mexico City Policy) back in 1993.

Few presidents have overall good relationships with popes, with Reagan being the likeliest exception, since the two worked with Margaret Thatcher to end Soviet communism.

That being said, let’s breakdown the Vatican statement, shall we?

In the context of bilateral relations and cooperation between Church and State, there was a discussion on questions of particular relevance for the Church in that country, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, as well as the issue of immigration reform. Finally, the common commitment to the eradication of trafficking of human persons in the world was stated.

“the exercise of the rights of religious freedom” — Uh oh, that’s the ObamaCare birth control and abortion mandate clause.

“life” — Obama got the “Abortion is mass murder” speech.

“conscientious objection” — Remember when the Left was all for conscientious objection?  Fighting in ‘Nam or Iraq?  Become a conscientious objector young man.  Have issues with abortion-inducing drugs, preforming abortion, or baking a cake for a gay wedding?  It’s like they’ve never heard the term before.

But at least they agreed on immigration reform and human trafficking.  Two out of five ain’t bad.

And in a true “Image of the Day,” here’s a picture of the two together I took from a friend’s Facebook page.  As you can see, someone doesn’t look too excited to be with the other person.

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