Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/22/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Many believe U.S. president will steer dialogue towards economic inequity, the poor

There is debate on what U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, who are scheduled to meet on this coming March 27, will talk about it. Many tenets of the Obama administration have been at odds with the Catholic Church, such as abortion. Many analysts agree that both men will probably discuss topics they both agree upon, such as wealth inequity and the plight of the poor.

U.S. President Obama had an audience with former Pope Benedict XVI in July of 2009.

U.S. President Obama had an audience with former Pope Benedict XVI in July of 2009.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/22/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: President Obama, Pope Francis, meeting, abortion, poverty, discussion


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The relationship between the Obama White House and the pope has been a complex one. President Obama has welcomed the popular new pontiff and his emphasis on the needs of the poor as a form of moral validation for his economic agenda. When Obama delivered a major address on the economy last month, he cited the growth of wealth inequality and made sure to note that "the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length."

Obama will meet with the pope in March during a four-day European trip that includes a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands and a U.S.-European Union summit in Brussels. The meeting will be the first between the president and Pope Francis.

This beautiful giclee print for your home can be purchased by going here --


Obama had an audience with former Pope Benedict XVI in July of 2009. The Vatican at that time underscored the deep disagreement between White House on abortion. Benedict gave the president a copy of a Vatican document on bioethics that asserted the church's opposition to using embryos for stem cell research, cloning and in-vitro fertilization.

In the meantime, Pope Francis has made it clear that Catholic positions on homosexuality, same-sex marriage and abortion haven't changed.

"But in his view those issues which create conflict need to be deemphasized a bit," John C. Green, a political scientist who specializes in religion and politics at the University of Akron said.

The pope decried trickle-down theories that assert that economic growth can result in greater justice and inclusiveness. As he declared in November, "The excluded are still waiting."

Obama can only benefit from Francis' emphasis on economic disparities, Paul Begala, a former top aide to President Bill Clinton, said. "It becomes very difficult for conservatives to attack President Obama for being divisive, when the world's greatest figure for unity is saying pretty much the same thing," Begala said.

Francis' attention to poverty has been brought to the attention of Republicans, among them Rep. Paul Ryan, a devout Catholic and Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.

The economic theme will be a centerpiece of Obama's State of the Union address next week. His proposals, however, such as a higher minimum wage, universal pre-school and ending loopholes for the wealthy - face difficulty in Congress in an election year.

"American Catholics as a whole don't tend to take specific policy guidance from the pope, whether it's Pope Benedict or Pope Francis," Green said. "But what the pope can do is to get them thinking about particular issues and thinking about them in distinctly Catholic ways. That kind of rethinking could very well be an advantage to President Obama."

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

EVERY 93 SECONDS: Foreign children born on U.S. soil Watch

Image of Children of immigrants born on United States soil appear to be wearing out their welcome, according to recent polls.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Children of immigrants born on United States soil appear to be wearing out their welcome, according to recent polls. It is estimated that a child of illegal immigrants is born every 93 seconds in the U.S. According to a 2011 Rasmussen Poll, only 28 percent of likely ... continue reading


Univision anchor Jorge Ramos EJECTED from Donald Trump press conference Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Go back to Univision," GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump told Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos at an Iowa press conference. Well regarded by his peers, there was no gravitas afforded Ramos at the event, as a security guard escorted him away. The occasion ... continue reading


The do-nothing Boehner is not only stupid, he's pro-Planned Parenthood - revealed by his incestuous political relationship with an abortion-affiliated adviser Watch

Image of Boehner makes a lot of money off Obamacare and other investments in the medical industry, thanks to his privileged position in Congress.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Charlotte Ivancic, Health Policy Advisor to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), is leaving his office to work for a lobbying firm. Ivancic is the older sister of Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress. Dyer was caught discussing the sale of aborted children on video by the ... continue reading


When it comes to illegal immigration, EVERYBODY WINS! Except you, of course you lose Watch

Image of Attitude is everything.

By David Drudge, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Americans tend to agree we need some kind of immigration reform, but they can't agree on how bad the problem is, or even what that reform should look like. Here is a story that will shock you into thinking harder about the problem. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


It has happened before: President Bill Clinton PARDONED former CIA Director for home computer Classified Document mess Watch

Image of In truth, Hillary Clinton's current controversy over keeping sensitive, classified information on home computers had its basis in which her husband, former president Bill Clinton pardoned former CIA director John Deutch . who likewise kept classified material on unsecured, private computers.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In truth, Hillary Clinton's current controversy over keeping sensitive, classified information on home computers had its basis in which her husband, former president Bill Clinton pardoned former CIA director John Deutch who likewise kept classified material on ... continue reading


Federal judge states Hillary Clinton's private emails violated policy Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"We wouldn't be here today if this employee had followed government policy," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, in reference to Hillary Clinton's recent email fracas, said. Controversy continues to swell over Clinton's email. Some argue that she violated government ... continue reading


POLL: Majority of Republican voters think Donald Trump is a likely presidential candidate Watch

Image of According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, 57 percent of all registered Republican voters say Donald Trump will likely be on the presidential ticket next year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said many outrageous things that have deftly expressed the American public's dissatisfaction with domestic policy. There are still many people who think it is all grandstanding on Trump's part, but according to a ... continue reading


'I'd say 'ISIS wants to get you'': Presidential candidate Donald Trump says he will warn Pope Francis that ISIS is out to get him Watch

Image of Donald Trump says

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in his typical style made quite a few jaws drop in an interview on CNN this week. Reporter Chris Cuomo asked the billionaire what he would say to Pope Francis come his visit to the U.S. in September. In a roundabout way, ... continue reading


NEW EMAIL SCANDAL: Thousands of emails State Department said didn't exist 'magically' appear Watch

Image of The State Department has turned up a massive cache of Reines' emails. Philippe Reines rose to the rank of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State while Clinton was at the helm.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has yet another email scandal in the wings. Gossip Web site Gawker requested emails from Clinton's previous media handler Philippe Reines under the Freedom of Information Act in 2013. The State Department said that they ... continue reading


Obama administration exclaims Planned Parenthood's horrific practice of collecting baby organs is 'PERFECTLY LEGAL' Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told Congress that Planned Parenthood has been complying with the law in its practice of harvesting fetal tissue and body parts for sale. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - HHS also said it does ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Thessalonians 3:7-13
7 And so, brothers, your faith has been a great ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 90:3-4, 12-13, 14, 17
3 You bring human beings to the dust, by saying, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51
42 'So stay awake, because you do not know the day ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 27th, 2015 Image

St. Monica
August 27: St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter