As world leaders go, none think so highly of themselves as does the always self-important Barack Obama.
Here is the official statement released by the White House on the impending retirement of the Pope:
“On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.”
How sad is it that Barack Obama deems it necessary to reference himself twice as much in the same short statement that should be dedicated entirely to the retirement of a man who (at least in part) represents over a billion Catholics throughout the world? Three mentions of Pope Benedict XVI, and SIX mentions of Barack Obama.
It is no secret relations between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church have been tepid at best. Pope Benedict XVI has been increasingly opposed to the gay rights agenda, abortion, as well as the Pope’s willingness to call out the more dangerous and inhumane aspects of radicalized Islam, something Barack Obama remains hesitant to do himself…