Benedictions: The Pope in America

Benedictions: The Pope in America

First Putin, now the Pope: Bush eyeballs His Holiness and sees…God.

EWTN, Mother Angelica’s legendary Catholic (I won’t put in any controversial modifers) TV station, scored an interview with President Bush about the Pope’s visit…No surprise. Bush and anchor Raymond Arroyo played softball–or perhaps volley ball, as Arroyo mainly set up balls for the prez to spike.
In any case, there’s much to chew over and much, ad, I would say, to raise eyebrows. Check out the transcript posted at ZENIT.
But be sure and read the outro:
Q Mr. President, final question.
Q You said, famously, when you looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes you saw his soul.
Q When you look into Benedict XVI’s eyes what do you see?
Q Good way to end the interview.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, sir.
Q Thank you, sir. My pleasure.

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patricia Grimm

posted April 15, 2008 at 7:36 am

This is confusing to me, I thought our President was a Christian. As an ex Catholic I understand but still am baffled that this religion has not been exposed for the worldly, wealthy organization that it is. This man, the Pope, is not God’s representative, all those who believe in Jesus are God’s representative. This religion came about in the midst of war, death, inquisition, politics, power and money. Where is the Lord Jesus here? The Pope is not Peter, he is a man in a position of worldly power. Jesus is the only way to the Father, not any Pope, or priest or nun. The Bible states call no man Father, where does this leave priests? This then leaves men, many troubled, who need to turn to Jesus and not a person called the Pope. When was the last time you’ve believed that Jesus spoke Latin? Where does it say that in His word? When did he wear fabulous jewels and live in a palace? When did he wear Prada loafers? To pray for this worldly, historically violent and corrupt religion to disband, well that can only happen, I’m sure in the end times because of it’s hold on the world, like Islam, it is vast in number and has a stronghold upon millions and millions of people. There is only Jesus, pray to Him to find the power of God. This man who is visiting our nation may be well intentioned, but he is merely a figurehead for what I believe, is a false religion.

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posted April 15, 2008 at 9:04 am

I would so like to see Pope Benedict when he comes to DC, but I feel a bit overwhelmed by the crowds that will surely gather along his routes. Could anyone offer some advice about where I might be able to station myself? I wonder if Pope Benedict’s arrival at the White House tomorrow morning would be a good place.
This is such a glorious and Blessed event for our area, I really do not want to miss it because of my personal fear of crowds.
Thank you!

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posted April 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

patricia: I can certainly understand why you are an ex Catholic. It appears that you never knew what it meant to be a Catholic. You were too easy a victim for the Evangelicals or the Sola Scriptura crowd. With the deemphasis of doctrine and discipline in the wake of VCII, I am not surprised that you were confused.
During the Coronation of Mary as Queen of heaven, Almighty God said:” We wish to concede nothing to man that does not pass through your hands.” I am convinced that the very best way to reach Jesus and the Trinity is through the hands of his Mother Mary.
You need to reread Jesus’commission of St. Peter. If you don’t believe the Word, who do you suppose rules your soul?

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John Reimer

posted April 15, 2008 at 11:29 am

What an honor we have bestowed on us by the visit of the Pope of the Catholic Church to our republic. As head of state and as head of the Church he brings us hope and God’s blessing to our country which clearly needs it. I hope he speaks of our need for defense of the sanctity of marriage, the defense of the unborn, the need for a just
immigration plan; and a direction for world peace, prevention of hunger, disease, and forgiveness through the mercy of Jesus Christ and God our Father.
And pray for Ms. Grimm.

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Eileen Sweeney

posted April 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Do you have a male figure that helped bring you to life? If so, what do you call him? Do you have children? What do your children call you? The term father is one indicating “the head of”. Your father was the head of your family, you are the head of your family, the Pope is head of the family of the church. No, he is not Peter. And yes, we still have Jesus as the head of OUR church and our Savior. We pray to HIM, not the Pope. NO ONE takes HIS place!!!!!! You are right on one statement. The Pope is a figurehead, just as our President or the Queen of England. I don’t pray to them I pray to Jesus and I will pray to Jesus to remove the bitterness you harbor in your soul!!

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posted April 15, 2008 at 1:05 pm

You don’t have to be confused if you are possitive in your view about the Catholic Church. Whatever your knowledge is about how the Church began and in what situation it began. The fact remains that the Church began with the intention and mission to proclaim Christ to the world. There are human beings of course who have gone the opposite in the name of carrying out the mission of the Church but is there any human frailty that can stop the work of God? Jesus entrusted His flock to the spiritual leadership of St. Peter the apostle. The Pope is the sucessor of Peter, he takes the spiritual leadership in his footstep to lead the flock of God to salvation. Jesus asks in the Gospel of Mark 8:27-29 “Who do you say that I am?” It was Peter who aswered, “You are the Christ”. The Gospel of Matthew continues the conversation thus “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church”. Surely the rock Jesus refers to is the faith of Peter as solid and strong as the rock. (Matthew 16:18.) It is with this spiritual recognition of Christ as the Christ, the expression of his solid faith in Jesus as the Lord, the Messiah, that fetched him the trust with which Jesus appointed him to “feed my sheep” John 21:15-17. Peter became the spiritual leader in the Church, i.e, the flock of Christ and the spiritual leadership of Peter has been handed on in succession up to the present Pope who is to make Christ known to the world in word and deed. He is not God but he stands for God. He is not Jesus but he stands for Jesus and speeks to us as one appointed to lead us in our spiritual journey to God. What then is your problem about the Pope? Remeber he is still a human being but blessed and sent by God to lead us. Be possitive in your mind not just to him, the Pope, but to all men and women created in the image and likeness of God. That he is the leader of the Church does not mean we worship him rather we give him the support as he leads us to worship God through Jesus our Lord and savior and live our life in a way that is worthy of God’s praises. To recognise someone God has appointed to lead is to recognize the God almighty who appointed him. We are all strugling for perfection. Jesus says do not judge that you may not be judged. The messure you give to others shall be given to you. Let us all join hands together in prayer that we may be one as Jesus desires and prayed to the Father. John 17. What is your own contribution to making the oneness of all Christains a reality here on earth. Those in Antioch recognized the followers of Jesus in the way they lived together, cared for one another and in the way they worshiped God together in love and oneness and they were named Christians. Enough of criticism and condemnation of one another. If you see anything bad in your felow Christians pray for them and do not condemn them. You are no God yourself. Let the spirit of God minister to you and you will no longer be confused.

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posted April 15, 2008 at 1:22 pm

No one takes Jesus’ place, but the Pope is more than a mere figurehead, because he Speaks for God.

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David Larson

posted April 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm

As a former Catholic (now evangelical christian) I consider catholics as fellow christians seeking Jesus Christ just like us but with a caveate whereby we have NO mediators ie saints,icons,anykind or thing
that would mediate between us and God with the ONLY exception being Jesus Christ. We do believe in intercesory prayer through Jesus and no
other. The adoration given by Catholics is understood and its out of
devotion love and ancient dogma (created and nurtured by man not scripture) that has manufactured dieties,icons,saints,doctrine that although not damnable is what makes us separate and distracts from Jesus or dilutes Him (unintentinally of course)
In Christ Dave

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Not on topic!

posted April 15, 2008 at 6:23 pm

None of the comments have to do with the blog.

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posted April 15, 2008 at 8:17 pm

I don’t understand. Why does the tone of this piece have to be so snarky? What’s the point?

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posted April 16, 2008 at 7:46 am

It still just show ow little our President Know But at least he acknomledge that there is a God, Apparently Can’t find him like he can’t Find Bin Laden. And that all the Pope is All christians are to speak for God. However when Christ died on the cross he and only he can make intercession to God. WHen he died on the cross the veil of the tabernacle was riped making the Holy place now available to everyone because the ultimate sacrifice had been made and we now can go to God ourselves to ask for forgiven in the Name of Jesus. So if Bush saw God its not because the Pope is the Closes to God but because he is sent. But so are we all are called to be witnesses of Him. Minister, Deacons Pries and all can bear witness of him I’m a Baptist and can talk to God for myself I respect the Pope but I don’t worship him or belive that he is the closes to God for he Walks with me daily

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Tony Segura

posted April 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

No disrespect but I hope this Pope doesn’t come to pursuede catholics to vote for McCain. The church is vulnerable because the sex scandal that have brought shame. When he goes behind closed doors he must first remember that we all respect the santity of life which concerns abortion which is brought up every election year for political reasons. I hope he realizes that we are living in a slowly dying contry if we don’t change course.

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