Monday, February 3, 2003

Next month our President and the Pope will talk, if you could ask a question of both of them, what would it be?

On June 23, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI and President Obama will meet at the conclusion of the upcoming G8 Summit Meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, on July 10th. In anticipation of this historic meeting, Catholic Democrats invites you to join us in extending our support and prayers to them, now and in the future.

Dear Holy Father and Mr. President:

As Catholics and as citizens of the United States, we celebrate the anticipated meeting which brings you together this July. Our world and our country face enormous economic and moral challenges requiring your leadership and wisdom. We pray and hope that your discussion will further the ideals and aspirations shared by our Church and nation: world peace grounded in justice, pursuit of the common good, and respect for human dignity and life.

We support your mutual efforts to:

* Build true understanding among nations;
* Eliminate nuclear weapons;
* Promote economic justice and reduce the poverty that diminishes the dignity and potential of people across the globe;
* Work toward the common ground of promoting the sanctity of all life;
* Encourage the world’s great religions to greater dialogue and understanding, thus promoting peace and tolerance;
* Support programs and policies that preserve God’s creation.

We appreciate that churches and governments have distinct roles and different perspectives, and thus may have genuine differences on how best to solve the problems plaguing all God’s people. But as Catholic citizens of a great nation, we also know that harmony between the Holy See and the United States can only further the goals embraced by both.

As Catholics in America, we are gratified that you, our Pontiff, and you, our President, recognize the opportunity before you now to promote the common good. You inspire our hope and call us to personal and social responsibility to help make the world a better place for our human family. We pledge to work with both of you in this effort and we pray that your meeting will lead to a new quest to establish peace, promote freedom, and enhance the dignity of all humanity.

Holy Father, Mr. President, May God’s blessing be upon you when you meet.

Catholics across America

Answer on Next month our President and the Pope will talk, if you could ask a question of both of them, what would it be?

Obama. Could you stop bipartisan game and start real policies?

Pope. Holy Father could you instruct Notre Dame University and other Catholic institution to stay away from politics?