Barack Obama had his first visit with Pope Francis today. Meeting at the Vatican, Obama hopes he has found an ally on justice, the poor and other issues with the Holy Pontiff. But there has been quite a bit of bad blood between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church. The Vatican′s Chief Justice, Cardinal Leo Raymond Burke said in a recent interview with Polonia Christiana magazine that, ″Obama promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.″ He went one to say that, ″It is true that the policies of the president of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization.″ So will Obama gain any traction or favor meeting with Pope Francis today? Or is this just another case of ′punching a ticket′ in the course of being an alleged world leader?
Leadership has been an issue with Obama during his European spring break tour. Meeting with the now G7 in Amsterdam, he all but conceded victory to Vladimir Putin for annexing Crimea and almost invited Putin to take the rest of Ukraine. In Brussels, Obama spoke before some college students and told them to be nice to immigrants. Give them free health care, housing, education and food stamps to buy recreational drugs with. Well, maybe not the last item specifically, but ′WE′ know better!
Obama also continues to pledge his crippling of the U.S. military. The Obama administration is now considering ending the production of Tomahawk cruise missiles and the Hellfire anti-tank missile. Two of the most successful weapon systems we have. While these weapons are old, designed back in the 1970s, their replacements have yet to be readied for production.
Obama′s disdain for the Catholic Church has long roots. Last year, speaking in Ireland, he all but accused Catholic schools of discrimination. As intolerant centers of hate and multicultural division. With his health care law, the Affordable Care Act, he is forcing Christians of all stripes to succumb to a brand of morality which they often oppose. Forcing institutions like the Little Sisters of the Poor and companies like Hobby Lobby to pay for abortions and drugs that kill fetuses.
So as Barack Obama makes his first visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican, is Obama out of place? Does he really expect to find an ally on justice with the Pope? Or is this just the usual photo-op event that allows Obama to imitate a world leader?