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Obama: American pope would be effective

President Obama speaks at Notre Dame in 2009.
President Obama speaks at Notre Dame in 2009.

President Obama speaks at Notre Dame in 2009.

President Barack Obama was asked his thoughts on the possibility of an American pope by George Stephanopoulos. This is what he said:

It seems to me that an American pope would preside just as effectively as a Polish pope, or an Italian pope, or a Guatemalan pope. I don’t know if you’ve checked lately, but the Conference of Catholic Bishops here in the United States don’t seem to be taking orders from me. My hope is based on what I know about the Catholic Church, and the terrific work they’ve done around the world and certainly in this country in helping those who are less fortunate, is that you have a pope who sustains and maintains what I consider the central message of the gospel: we treat everybody as the children of God, and that we love them the way Jesus Christ taught us to love them.

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Michael J. O'Loughlin

Michael J. O’Loughlin writes about religion and politics from Washington, D.C., paying close attention to the role of the Catholic Church in public life. His writing has appeared in Religion & Politics, the Jesuit magazine America, on BustedHalo.com, and in Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership.

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