April 25, 2014

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President Obama has similar sense of social justice to Pope Francis, reader says

In the letter to the editor that appeared in the April 11 issue of The Criterion, the letter writer challenges  readers to “… think about whether your president is anti-Catholic or not,” and suggests that little hope exists for common ground between the Church and President Barack Obama.

In thinking about this divisive issue, readers should remember that Mr. Obama is president of the United States of America, not just president of the United Catholics—or even Christians—of America.

Moreover, even the letter writer would have to admit that President Obama’s sense of social justice and compassion for the suffering among the living has extraordinarily much in common with that of  Pope Francis.

And the president’s actions in this regard, to paraphrase the letter writer’s words, indeed have spoken louder than simply his words—this in spite of opposition to a number of these actions from many within the Christian community.

- Lee J. Suttner | Bloomington

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