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megimoo
07-09-2009, 11:17 PM
Without a Doubt: Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

"Another Kennedy style Catholic !"

Tomorrow Pope Benedict XVI and President Barack Obama meet for the first time, an affair much anticipated and in some circles frowned upon by American Catholics in the wake of Obama's controversial Notre Dame commencement speech in May. Conservatives in the church denounced Obama's appearance as a nod by the premier Catholic university to a conciliatory politics that heralds the start of a slippery moral slope.

In truth, though, Obama's pragmatic approach to divisive policy (his notion that we should acknowledge the good faith underlying opposing viewpoints) and his social-justice agenda reflect the views of American Catholic laity much more closely than those vocal bishops and pro-life activists. When Obama meets the pope tomorrow, they'll politely disagree about reproductive freedoms and homosexuality, but Catholics back home won't care, because they know Obama's on their side. In fact, Obama's agenda is closer to their views than even the pope's.

It's fitting that Obama's visit comes just days after the publication of "Charity in Truth," a Vatican encyclical that declares unions, regulation of capitalism's excesses, and environmentalism to be ethical imperatives. The document gives moral credence to Obama's message and to progressive politics writ large.

Even more intriguing is the pope's support for political activism, which he refers to in the encyclical as "the institutional path … of charity, no less excellent and effective than the kind of charity which encounters the neighbor directly." As a member of a family that preached that politics is an honorable profession, I see that he is opening the church to roles that for too long have been neglected. Here Obama (the community organizer from Chicago) could teach the pope a lot about politics—and what a Catholic approach to politics could entail. They agree, too, on poverty and Middle East peace. So far so good on papal-presidential concordance.


\http://www.newsweek.com/id/205961
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Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, (born July 4, 1951) was lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. She ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Maryland in 2002. The eldest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel's 11 children, she is part of the Kennedy family. She was named for her aunt Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, who died in a plane crash in 1948.
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I’m not a Catholic...but I think I’m more of one than Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
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KKT- a woman so stupid (literally) she couldn’t even get elected Governor of the demokrat republic of Maryland
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Miss Townsend when running for Lt Gov with PARRIS N. GLENDENING gave a speech on arbor day. In it she said a women’s placenta should be used as fertilizer for every tree planted. She gave no more speeches that election year.
You should really listen to her.
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as a practicing Catholic I thought nothing could make me laugh harder as when the NYSlimes was ranting Catholics in America were freaked out by the conservative approach the newly appointed Pope Benedict followed upon his ascension to the Papacy...

that was until I read the first few paragraphs of this litter box liner....
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If you disagree with the Catholic Church on abortion, you never came in the door in the first place. The sanctity of life is central to the faith. It you denied that one, you were never practicing the Catholic religion.
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Texas Terrier
07-09-2009, 11:36 PM
Without a Doubt: Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does

Newsweek needs to lay off the Obama bong down and come back to reality.