The world’s most powerful political leader and the world’s most powerful religious leader will meet for the first time Thursday, when President Barack Obama visits Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Obama has been public about his respect for the pope, particularly admiring the faith leader’s focus on social justice. Even though the president is not Catholic, Joshua DuBois – the former director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships – says Obama began his community organizing career in a role with the Catholic Church.
The first African-American U.S. president and the first Latin American pope share similar views on social issues like income inequality and immigration. “A good deal of the economic agenda of President Obama and of the Democratic Party is consonant with Catholic social teaching,” says the Rev. Paul Sullins, a professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America.
Francis shocked the world last year with his comments about gay priests – “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” –The Vatican was quick to clarify that the pope was not suggesting gay priests act upon their homosexual tendencies, but Francis’ remarks nonetheless represented a notable pivot away from the anti-gay attitude of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Conversely, Obama supports gay marriage as well as access to abortion and contraception.
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15.
The Book of Revelation gives a striking description of how a beast (USA) will make the world wonder after another beast (the Roman Catholic Church). This has been seen as an impossibility and things might just be changing.
On social media the two leaders are described as…
- Becca Love them both. I hope the President encourages the Pope to speak about the GOP’s contempt for the poor.