Julie Bolcer, The Advocate: In preparation for his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Italy this Friday, President Barack Obama held a roundtable with members of the Catholic media at the White House last Thursday, reports Fox News. During the 45-minute meeting, which was kept off the White House schedule, Obama said that he is “wrestling” with his Christian faith and “concern for gays and lesbians.”
xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> Dan Gilgoff, religion reporter for U.S. News and World Report, posted the following remarks from Obama to the Catholic media:
“For the gay and lesbian community in this country, I think it's clear that they feel victimized in fairly powerful ways and they're often hurt by not just certain teachings of the Catholic Church, but the Christian faith generally. And as a Christian, I'm constantly wrestling with my faith and my solicitude and regard and concern for gays and lesbians.”
According to Gilgoff, Obama also characterized the decision to have an abortion in a less than favorable light, and said that he receives a daily devotional reading on his BlackBerry.
Read more excerpts from Obama’s sit down with the Catholic media here.
Reader Comment: If I am correct, the President's job is not to follow his religion, but to run the highest office in the US... WHILE keeping separate church and state. I don't care if he is wrestling with his faith. He just needs to do his job and stop being the victim. 'Nuff said!