President Obama To Meet, Tomorrow, With Both Pope Francis (#267) And Ex-Pope Benedict (#266) At The Vatican?
by Anura Guruge
I had a garbled e-mail late last night saying that the ex-, Ratzinger, has requested an audience with Obama — and that Francis, as always, acquiesced to his old boss’ demands.
To me this is not kosher on multiple levels. For a start Ratzinger claimed, when he famously resigned, that he would keep out of the public eye. He is not doing so. He is increasingly trying to share the spotlight with the mega-star Francis — who, understandably, is much more popular than Ratzinger ever was.
Second why is Obama wasting his valuable time meeting with a ‘has been‘ — a nothing; an ex-pope.
Plus, and this is the most relevant, Benedict, when pope, made it very clear that he did not like Obama and prayed that he would not be reelected. Well, his prayers, as was invariably the case, fell on deaf years. Thank God. Now he wants to meet with Obama. Well, I know why — other than his innate desire for publicity. He wants to berate the President about birth control. These old retired guys, supposedly celibate, trying to wax lyrical about birth control cracks me up. I could be quite cutting and crude about this — pointing out the disturbing statistics when it came to the never ending clerical sex crimes. Well that was something that 98% didn’t have to worry about — birth control. I won’t go into it here.
Details of Obama’s visit to the Vatican on Thursday, March 27, 2014, are hard to come by. I think part of it is due to security and the rest due to the Vatican’s cussedness and carelessness. But, I will try to stay tuned.