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No time for the Pope

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jan 30, 2013

If you are less than 38 years old, only one US president in your lifetime has allowed a full 4-year term to lapse without having his Secretary of State visit the Pope.

Or put it this way: Since 1974 only one Secretary of State (acting/deputy secretaries don’t count) has not made time to meet with the Roman Pontiff.

Betcha can’t guess.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 31, 2013 4:44 PM ET USA

    It's a blessing. Just imagine if there were photos of Pius XII having tea with, say, Hermann Göring, Joe Goebbels, or Lavrentiy Beria. Who would want that photo hanging around? I can imagine what the NYT would do with it. Why would any Catholic want to see Pope Benedict's memory embarrassed some day in the future by a photo with Hilary What's-her-name?

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 30, 2013 6:07 PM ET USA

    I'll bet the pope is thankful, too.