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Pope, US bishops congratulate Obama on re-election

November 07, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the US bishops’ conference, have sent separate messages to President Barack Obama congratulating him on his re-election.

Pope Benedict assured the American president of his prayers, adding that he would pray too that the United States remains true to the ideals of the American founding.

Cardinal Dolan, too, assured President Obama of the prayers of the American bishops. The New York prelate encouraged Obama to “pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant.” He added that the president should work to “restore a sense of civility to the public order.”

Cardinal Dolan served notice on the president that the American hierarchy “will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.”


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  • Posted by: tfiks7959 - Nov. 07, 2012 8:53 PM ET USA

    When are we Catholics going to get it into our heads that it is not the role of the secular government to take care of the poor? Caring for the poor and vulnerable is our role, and the role of other private charities. Colluding with the secularists is a mistake. Taking money from the government is a mistake. A parish priest told me once that the Church and the government are "in partnership" in caring for the poor. No! Being beholden to the secular government has corrupted the Church.

  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - Nov. 07, 2012 7:33 PM ET USA

    Forgive me, please, but they should be throwing up, not congratulating him.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Nov. 07, 2012 6:26 PM ET USA

    I know this kind of humiliation is pro-forma, but it's like St. Peter congratulating Nero on his coup d'etat.