Which of these pairs doesn’t belong:
- Pope John XXIII – Pres. Kennedy
- Pope John Paul II – Pres. Reagan
- Pope Benedict XVI – Pres. Obama
In his piece called "Obama and Benedict: A partnership delayed, but not yet denied", Allen is trying with all his might to push a nexus between Pres. Obama and Pope Benedict as if they were somehow comparable to Reagan and John Paul II.
But here is the interesting paragraph you probably missed this because you were probably still laughing:
Obama seems anxious to move the ball on other elements of his agenda, at least some of which (such as immigration reform) create the possibility of common cause, not conflict, with the bishops. The White House has an eye on both the 2010 and 2012 elections, when the 67 million Catholics in America will once again be “in play.” Senior Vatican officials, meanwhile, are anxious to show that the papacy has not been paralyzed by the sexual abuse crisis. (Gian Maria Vian, the editor of L’Osservatore Romano, told me this week in Rome that one reason the paper has not devoted a tremendous amount of space to the subject is because they don’t want to seem obsessed with it.)
Does this look like collusion to frame the relationship between Pres. Obama and Pope Benedict in closer terms than the rest of the world would want to imagine?
Apparently, both Pres. Obama and Pope Benedict have been too "distracted over the past twelve months" by other things to get to work on that partnership they surely want.
Pope Benedict is so overwhelmed with the sex abuse crisis that he is now writing his third book on the Lord before the second is even translated.
Pres. Obama is so overwhelmed with oil gushers and immigration and jobs that he has had to cut down his golf time.
Neither of them have the time to pick up that darn phone and make that call!