29 March 2014

Score 1 for Pope Francis

Sub Tuum.

I would suppose that few people have no opinion whatsoever on Pope Francis. Whatever one's opinion, it is hard not to admit that the Holy Father won the engagement, so to speak, in his recent meeting with Obama.

Prior to the meeting, Obama referred to himself and the Pope as kindred spirits. While perhaps confusing to many, I can somewhat understand the sentiment. You see, Pope Francis likes poor people, while Obama likes to create poor people. 

It was said before the meeting that Obama would likely acknowledge that there were many differences of opinion, so they should try to find common ground for their discussion. The Holy Father, though, did not take the bait. Instead he hammered away on the grave issues facing America under the Obama Administration: religious freedom, right to life, and choice of conscience, among others. 

If the meeting were a squash game, the score would be 9-0, Francis, with the Pope's shots going hard and low, and the President's going straight into the tin.