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more important than Texas?!?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 13, 2008

What do you call a Texan who thinks that the Vatican is more important than Texas?

Ordinarily, you call him a Texan Catholic.

That's what is striking about this passage from a Reuters account of today's meeting between Pope Benedict and President Bush. Marveling at the beauty of the Vatican gardens, the leader of the world's sole superpower asked about the tiny city-state:

Bush asked: "How big is it?" A Vatican aide responded: "Not quite as big as Texas." Bush then said: "Yes but more important ... this is spectacular."

OK, that got my attention.

Some reporters seem to be carried away by the prospect of a presidential conversion. If they really understood what it means to be an American Evangelical Protestant, they wouldn't have expected Bush to kneel down, on an impulsive, at a Marian shrine.

But then again, reporters in Rome might not appreciate how much it takes for a red-blooded Texan to admit that anything is bigger, better, or more important than Texas.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2008 2:14 PM ET USA

    Quadratus: Invaded ny illegals is probably more accurate a word choice than stealing, which was prompted by another's remark about how the USA got Texas. Our nation supplies a large portion of the funds Mexico relies on to run their economy. It is too bad that our Catholics are not having the children they should. That might be attributable to bishops and priests who are soft on birth control.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 18, 2008 7:28 PM ET USA

    Mexico was a Catholic country in the XIX century and the heretic American protestants could not allow a Catholic nation to be strong and next to the new Zion. Mexico is not trying to steal anything, but history does have a sense of irony, as our poor neighbor one day may reclaim the territory it lost due to the Americans inability to sustain their fertility and God judgement for our sins committed and the Mexicans very catholic tendency to have many children.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2008 4:40 PM ET USA

    That Mexico is trying to "steal" Texas, New Mexico, California, Arizona,Nevada, and other nearby states from the USA doesn't seem to be bothering the federal government much. But Bush's recognition of the fact that the Vatican is of more importance than any other geographical location speakes well of him. Possibly a seed has been planted.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2008 4:28 PM ET USA

    Sterling, anytime after we obtained independence would be appropriate.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2008 1:43 PM ET USA

    Waffling Anglican, how much later to you mean? Before or after we stole it from Mexico?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2008 3:14 PM ET USA

    Had Christ come later in time, the Vatican would no doubt be IN Texas.

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