Will the new pope and our president have a warm relationship?

By Tom Quiner

Pope Francis: Gay marriage could "seriously injure the family."

Pope Francis: Gay marriage could “seriously injure the family.”

President Obama extended “warm wishes” to Pope Francis.

Here is what he said:

“Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith.”

It is the word “dignity” that stands out. What does that mean?  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) explains it this way:

“The Catholic Church  proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is  the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of  all the principles of our social teaching.”

Dignity is the foundation of Catholic social teaching. Pope Francis’ entire life seems to have been devoted to human dignity in extraordinary ways. I’m sure he appreciates that President Obama invoked the word dignity. But the USCCB goes into more detail on what human dignity means to the Church:

“In our society, human life is under  direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being  threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death  penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong.”

President Obama has a different interpretation on what dignity means. He is for abortion. He has made that clear. He views pre-born human life as disposable and in dire need of containment. To that aim, he imposed the HHS Mandate on the country by presidential edict to expand the reach of abortion and birth control.

He directs taxpayer dollars to experimentation on human life under the guise of embyronic stem cell research.

The Church also takes a dim view of drone attacks as currently utilized by the president. And a growing chorus of voices from the president’s party are increasingly calling for the liberalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide laws, again in contradiction to human dignity.

The bishops explain why:

“We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.”

The president and his party do not believe that every person is precious. They have used their considerable political might to create adversarial relationships between the state and human dignity. They are a direct threat to human dignity.

Frankly, I don’t know what kind of relationship the president had with Pope Benedict XVI, do you? Did you ever hear news about them working in tandem on an issue?

Contrast it with President Reagan’s warm and close relationship with Pope John Paul II. They collaborated behind closed doors to confront and defeat communism in Eastern Europe.

In the case of the new pope and the current American president, the more likely scenario is confrontation.

Pope Francis will stand up for the little guy, the preborn.

The president will use his considerable clout to aid and abet abortionists, such as Planned Parenthood.

The Pope will promote the dignity of traditional marriage based on timeless theological, philosophical, and secular tradition.

The president will continue to promote the newest liberal fad, so-called same sex marriage, which removes human dignity from the equation and elevates human urges to the forefront.

The pope will simply respond that human life is sacred.

The president will simply respond, “it is not.”


  1. Lisa Bourne on March 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This from Catholic World News, without saying much, says it all:

    US President Barack Obama has sent his “warm wishes” to Pope Francis, and said that he looks forward to working with the newly elected Pontiff.

    “Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith,” the American president said. He did not offer details on how or when he had worked with Pope Benedict XVI.


  2. Bob Vance on March 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Are you implying that when Obama says he is against abortion except in cases of rape or incest that makes him anti-Catholic?

    • quinersdiner on March 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Obama is pro abortion. Period. When he became president, he began exporting it. He has expanded it so taxpayers have to fund it. And Catholicism has nothing to do with the discussion.

      • Bob Vance on March 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

        Is there anything about Obama that you like?

        • quinersdiner on March 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

          I do not like his policies. He has not been forthright in his dealings. He appears to be a good husband and father. Like everyone, he is a mixed bag.

  3. Bob Vance on March 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

    “…But if the Vatican merely wanted to avoid public unpleasantness in its dealing with the U.S. President, it could do that by essentially ignoring the new Administration. Instead, it has displayed a surprising optimism, bordering on enthusiasm, for Obama’s presidency. Breaking with protocol that usually prevents the Pope from addressing heads of state before they take office, Benedict sent a congratulatory telegram to Obama the day after the November election. The Pope noted the “historic” nature of the victory and said he would pray that God would “sustain you and the beloved American people in your efforts to build a world of peace, solidarity and justice.” The two spoke directly less than a week later, and the Pope sent yet another telegram on Jan. 20 when Obama was inaugurated.”
    from http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1898756,00.html

    After much controversy by conservative Catholics (about 1/3 of Catholics in America) when the president was invited to Notre Dame, the Pope still met with Obama and family at the vatican in July, 2009. Obama agreed to “listen to the Church’s concerns on moral issues.” If he were truly the evil person you seem to want to make him out to be, why would he bother?

    Obama holds the views of the majority of Catholics here in the U.S.:
    “Between 16% and 22% of American Catholic voters agree with Church policy that abortion should be illegal in all cases; the rest of the respondents held positions ranging from support for legal abortions in certain restricted circumstances to an unqualified acceptance of abortion in all cases.”

    • quinersdiner on March 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

      The Church doesn’t base its beliefs on public opinion polls. If you’ve been following the news in the past two years, the Catholic hierarchy has been vocal in their dissent against Obama policies and have filed lawsuits against the HHS Mandate.