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March 17, 2009

Obama Meets with Cardinal in Oval Office

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President Obama met today with the nation's top Catholic bishop, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, after weeks of growing tension over policy changes in the young administration.

George, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with Obama for 30 minutes to discuss "important opportunities for the government and the Catholic Church to continue their long-standing partnership to tackle some of the nation's most pressing challenges," the White House said in a statement.

Neither the White House nor the bishops' conference would elaborate about the meeting beyond their short statements.

It was the first time Obama and George have met in person since the November election, according to the White House, though they have spoken twice on the phone.

Though Obama and George have both held prominent posts in Illinois, where they met a number of times, they never developed a relationship, the cardinal said last November. Obama, who is Protestant, was a state senator in Illinois from 1997 to 2004, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

"It's always been a friendly meeting, never substantive," George said at a November meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore.

On Tuesday, the USSCB said George "expressed his gratitude for the meeting and his hopes that it will foster fruitful dialogue for the sake of the common good."

The U.S. Catholic bishops have blasted Obama recently for opening federal funding to international family planning groups and embryonic stem cell research, while planning to roll back conscience protections for health care workers.

At the same time, Catholic Charities USA and other Catholic advocates have praised Obama's proposed federal budget, which includes funding boosts for health care, affordable housing, food stamps and Medicaid.

Also on Tuesday, Obama sent the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the Senate for confirmation as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. A Catholic, Sebelius has angered conservative Catholics -- including her bishop, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan. -- for supporting abortion rights. Naumann said last May that Sebelius should not receive Communion unless she
publicly recants.

Comments

Hey whats the difference between a virtual office and real office? Does that mean I own the virtual office too? Is there space allocated?

Controlled by "progressives" (communists), Democrats are now pro abortion and, therefore, can't be real Catholics.

Catholics and Christians who voted for Obama are now realizing how foolish they were. As we had been warned and as Obama is now demonstrating, Obama is not only pro abortion but pro late-term abortion (infanticide).

Obama is not a Christian. Wright's "Christian" church, to which Obama belonged, is based on Black Liberation Theology, which is Marxists, anti-Christian and anti-American. Obama's actions are a true demonstration of what Black Liberation Theology is all about.

As we can see, Alan Keyes was right when he said, “Obama is a radical communist… He is going to destroy this country and we are either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist.”

I find it sad that people can't seem to understand what this country is up against and realize that smears and name-calling is UNCHRISTIAN and is coming close to TREASONOUS. Let's get back to substantive REAL issues and stop the B.S.

"Black Liberation Theology, which is Marxists, anti-Christian and anti-American?"

I think not.

Black Liberation Theology is only anti-American if "American" means "white privilege"..and class privilege, religious privilege and political privilege...privilege that is based on scapegoating others...privilege based on keeping other people in forms of bondage, servility and exploitation rather than with respect.

Black Liberation Theology demands true equality under the law and full and truely equal citizenship for all Americans...whatever "true" can be and how it can be realized.

I'm not sure how people can possible accuse Black Liberation Theology of Marxism. Black Liberation Theology is based upon two points that aren't Marxian: Jesus and the Black experience in America.

There is no direct Marxist thought, any influence is heavily filtered through sociology and convergent evolution. Both Marx and Black Liberation Theologists explored exploitation and oppression, but in different ways, different religious understandings, different sociological models, from different perspectives and with different goals. Certainly, Marxism's core theory and dialectic is simply incompatible with Black Liberation Theology.


Marxism starts with the foundation of "material," with God as a human projection, like Jupiter or Santa Claus.

Black Liberation Theology starts with "Jesus." Jesus as a revelation of blackness disrupting whiteness.

Whiteness being not about people who just happen to be of European descent like myself, but whiteness as a caste system that uses the accident of descent to scapegoat, to divide neighbor from neighbor, to encourage neighbor to exploit and oppress neighbor. Black Liberation Theology objects to whiteness being the measure of all things, from being the point from where everything else deviates.

Perhaps Black Liberation Theology, then, is Marxism upside down...? But then, that would be Calvinism. As someone smarter than I am pointed out, "Communism is secular Calvinism."