«The Catholic Church has such a profound influence worldwide and in our country, and the Holy Father is a thought leader and opinion leader on so many wide-ranging issues. His religious influence is one that extends beyond the Catholic Church».
On Thursday Obama met with several Catholic journalists in Washingtn, answering their questions and making clear his own positions. One revealing thing that he said at that July 2 meeting: that Obama has been profoundly influenced by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, whom he came to know when he was a community organizer in a project partially funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Obama said his encounters with the cardinal continue to influence him, particularly Bernardin’s «seamless garment» approach to many social justice issues.
Obama said in some ways he sees his first meeting with the Pope on July 10 as the same as any contact with a head of state, «but obviously this is more than just that» Obama added: «The Catholic Church has such a profound influence worldwide and in our country, and the Holy Father is a thought leader and opinion leader on so many wide-ranging issues. His religious influence is one that extends beyond the Catholic Church».
Obama said he considers it a great honor to be meeting with the Pope and that he hopes the session will lead to further cooperation between the Vatican and the United States in addressing Middle East peace, worldwide poverty, climate change, immigration and a whole host of other issues.
Source: Catholic News Service:
First of all. Jesus told us not to call any religious leader «father». We only have one Father, and that is our Father God in Heaven.
And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
To address the Pope in Rome as our «Holy Father» is a blasphemy against God of the Bible. Because the Bible addresses only our God as the «Holy Father». Jesus said:
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.
The Pope should correctly be addressed as one of the most powerful religious leaders in the World. But only people who do not know, or live in disobedience to the scriptures, will address this human man as «Holy Father».