The White House is saying that pro-abortion President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, will have a “frank’ talk on abortion when they meet on Friday. Obama is currently in Italy for the Group of Eight summit and the two will meet after the conference concludes.
“I think there will be a frank discussion [about abortion],” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to an AP report.
On subject like abortion where Obama is out of step with the pro-life teachings of the Catholic faith, Gibbs said “even if we don’t see eye to eye on everything, there are steps that can be taken on a number of issues that will show progress, whether it’s on something like unintended pregnancy or adoption.” (LifeNews via American Papist)
Seems to me like a phony story. Maybe the Vatican does list topics that are going to be discussed ahead of time, but for a 15 minute meeting the list can’t be very long and the talk not very substantial. A frank discussion on abortion would certainly take more than 15 minutes. Heck the President can ramble on about women rights and it being a moral issue as he normally does and pretty much 15 minutes is gone. Plus how frank of a discussion can you have with a guy who thought infanticide was acceptable in some cases and then lied about what he voted on.
I really wish the Holy Father was a bit of a practical joker. For example when meeting the President he could raise his hands and start repeating “The Power of Christ compels you” with some splashed of Holy Water to accent this. That would be classic.