July 10, 2009

Why the Vatican Loves Obama

Michael Sean Winters, Newsweek

In the weeks leading up to President Obama's May appearance at the University of Notre Dame, almost 80 AmericanCatholic bishops, in response to his pro-choice stance on abortion, voiced their disapproval of the honorary degree being bestowed upon him. If the bishops of Obama's own electorate were that harsh, you'd expect the Curia at the Vatican, the church bedrock where the president will meet Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow, to distance themselves from him furiously.
That expectation would be wrong. President Obama is much more popular at the Vatican than he is with the most vocal American bishops. American monsignori in Vatican City "are all Fox News, Bush-loving Republicans," a Vatican reporter told me on the condition that I not use his name and harm his access....

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Italy, Vatican, Roman Catholic Church, Barack Obama, Pope Benedict


May 8, 2012
Italy's Political Outsiders Have Their Day
Tobias Jones, The Guardian
Unlike France and Greece, the election results can't really be read as a reaction against austerity measures. Since Italy currently has a "technocratic" government (a non-political coalition of managerial safe-hands), those... more ››
May 18, 2012
Apocalypse Fairly Soon in Europe
Paul Krugman, New York Times
For the past two-and-a-half years, European leaders have responded to crisis with half-measures that buy time, yet they have made no use of that time. Now time has run out. more ››
May 18, 2012
Are Germans Destined to Save the Euro?
Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
To make it work, the euro will have to become a very different kind of monetary union. Whatever the historic mission, it's not clear that Germans are yet ready - politically, culturally, constitutionally or economically... more ››
May 15, 2012
Obama's Foreign Policy Failures
Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
President Barack Obama ran as the anti-George Bush candidate. So it is ironic that his signature achievement overseas - the killing of Osama bin Laden - is one Bush would have been proud of. more ››