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Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis

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  1. The the President needs to recognise that it is all smoke and mirrors and “marketing” fluff, and it remains business as usual for the hysterical sex-obsessed knicker-sniffing freakshow of the church.

    Since that pronouncement these stories continue to appear with tedious regularity. So either the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, or the bishops (and those in actual power) are treating the Pope like some quaint doddery old Uncle, while not listening to a word he says.

    Either way, it is nothing but yet more snake oil.

    1. That There Other David 3 Oct 2013, 12:32pm

      As President of the United States he knows already. You don’t get to that position without working out who the BS’ers are. Obama is doing what he does best and working the politics. Saying you think the new Pope is great is a wonderful way to both condemn the previous anti-LGBT Pope and appeal to Catholics simultaneously.

  2. The Church of Rome’s parliamentary representative in Scotland has been just as bigotted against same sex marriage as they were down south under the old regime. no change here. Smoke and mirrors.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Oct 2013, 12:49pm

    It’s all window dressing as far as I’m concerned. None of these bleary-eyed statements from world leaders really aren’t realistic. There is no way the RCC’s doctrine is going to change and loving the sinner and hating the sin nonsense is just a feeble excuse to give the impression that it is compassionate and caring as well as inclusive. It isn’t. I find it patronising and offensive.

    It doesn’t marginalise hetero adulterers or call their sexual orientation into question in quite the same way let along target us for vilification, denigration and dehumanisation. Until the field is levelled, I remain unconvinced of the false sincerity put foward by this Pope or anyone else for that matter. It’s yet another ploy to distract from the ongoing molestation scandal that has rocked its very foundation. Morally bankrupt in my view.

    1. Colin (london) 3 Oct 2013, 1:10pm

      I was going to write in a similar vein but as usual you put it better than I ever could…so agree. Thanks

  4. Obama is hugely impressed – by Frances not changing anything just asking the church not to mention their bigotry quite so often?

    Talk about low standards! But then, a straight, cis, male president can afford to be taken in by PR fluff

  5. I actually am impressed by the pope, similar to the way Obama is.

    He’s been very forward in many issues, not just LGBT-related. While his shift in course is not enough to halt all harassments of gays from the Catholic churches, it’s still a considerable shift.

    1 billion+ Catholics wont change their opinion over a day, significant changes in ‘course’ is the best we can hope for in the short term, it’s what bring the big changes in the long term.

    He’s steering an inflexible ship, in a better direction.

    Also, even if his attiude changes wouldn’t actually lead to any changes in policy, it’s still enough to encourage people to be more pro-gay, and help young gays feel less ostracized.

    That’s worth something in my eyes.

  6. I agree with Obama, I’m very impressed with the new Pope. He’s much more sly in his bigotry and his excuses for it.
    It must take a tad bit more intelligence, than to just be blatantly homophobic that Pope Rat was.
    Hey, Adolf Putin’s being nominated for the nobel peace prize. I guess any form of logic goes these days.

  7. Elton John, pathetic and deluded as ever.

  8. is it time to give his guy a chance…???

  9. George Broadhead 3 Oct 2013, 5:31pm

    For all the Pope’s lovely-dovey words, his Churches doctrinal position on homosexuality, as stated in its Catechism, says it all:

    “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

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