April 11, 2014

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Reader sees little hope for common ground between Church, president

In the April 4, 2014 edition of The Criterion, editor Mike Krokos presented a hopeful reflection of President Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis. Krokos wrote of the encounter, “we can only hope and pray that all that was said will be taken to heart, and pray that through God’s grace it will bear fruit.”

Five years ago the president visited the University of Notre Dame to address the graduates and later that summer visited Pope Benedict XVI. There was talk then about finding “common ground” and understanding points of view. We hoped then that the president would change.

Unfortunately, he didn’t and we now know President Obama all too well. His actions speak far more loudly than his words.

He has taken anti-Christian positions on abortion, religious liberty and protection of Christians worldwide.

He has shown himself to be the most anti-life president in our history fighting for liberalization of abortion rights, colluding with and praising Planned Parenthood.

With “Obamacare,” he has forced the public to fund contraception and even some abortifacient drugs. When religious groups push back, his administration challenges in court their freedom to practice their religion. Currently, the Obama administration is fighting the Little Sisters of the Poor in the Supreme Court.

Read that sentence again and think about whether your president is anti-Catholic or not.

- Stephen O’Neil, M.D. | Indianapolis

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