January 22nd, 2014
02:13 PM ET

Three things President Obama and the Pope will (probably) talk about

(CNN) President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, the White House announced on Tuesday.

The POTUS/Pope summit is already generating lots of buzz, and Belief Blog co-editor Daniel Burke spoke to CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday the meeting's likely agenda.

MORE ON CNN: Obama to visit Pope Francis in March

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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Keith

    This Pope is changing the church for the better

    January 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm |
  2. Lana


    January 30, 2014 at 11:39 am |
  3. Dandintac

    Here's is what Pope Francis would LIKE to talk to Obama about if the Vatican had actual political control of the US, which they would be delighted to have:
    1) Outlaw birth control–the better to grow and control the laity, as well as greatly increase the total sum of their ti-thes.
    2) Outlaw abortion–the better to grow and control the laity, as well as greatly increase the total sum of their ti-thes.
    3) Pass a law granting general amnesty for Catholic priests tainted by the se-x abuse scandal, and censor all further discussion about it.

    That would be for starters. The new pope is great at seeming like a nice guy, he's really good at PR and photo ops, but underneath it all, it's still the same old RCC, and I don't think they've changed one bit down inside.

    January 27, 2014 at 1:30 am |
  4. EX Catholic

    This is one of those things like; who cares what these 2 can or will talk about? Oh well, I guess that Idolaters-romanists-papists do care, maybe even hom-ose-xuals do care, maybe even pedophiles do care.

    January 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
    • EX Catholic

      Oh yeah, I forgot Democrats do care, hell maybe even re-publicans may care, Argentinians may care. Me... I can't care less!!

      January 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm |
  5. Reality # 2

    As with other presidents, it is nothing more than keeping Catholics voting for him. If BO were not a politician who will probably run for Senator (the Chicago Catholic vote ) as soon as his lame-duck term is over, he would expose religion for the con that it is. That is what you would call the "next great leap for humankind".

    January 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • Mmmmmmm

      There will not be a politician *ever* in our lifetime that will do that. That's the "Reality" of the politics in this country.

      January 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm |
      • Reality # 2

        We put men on the Moon so great leaps are possible.

        January 24, 2014 at 12:07 am |
        • Mmmmmmm

          I find it curious that you single out BO out of all the other people in the US...what person in the running for 2016 do you think may be brave enough to take that "leap?"

          After all, that person will most likely meet the Pope, too.
          Rand Paul?
          Chris Christie?
          Ted Cruz?
          Joe Biden?
          Hillary Clinton??

          January 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          One hopes they all make that great leap.

          January 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm |
        • Conspiracy

          Reality 2, are you SURE we put men on the moon? I used to think so too at one time but I'm not convinced anymore.

          January 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm |
        • Reality #2

          I believe with a strong enough telescope, you can still see the US flag on the lunar surface along with some of the other lunar landings leftovers. Might also want to check out the archives of the Astronomy Picture of the Day for added proofs of the US taxpayers journeys into Space.

          January 25, 2014 at 12:46 am |
  6. EX Catholic

    Oh yeah 3 things they would probably talk about especially since they are BO's favorite religious subjects gay marriage, marihuana and gay marriage. No wait that's twice on gay marriage.

    January 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm |
    • Mmmmmmm

      No hatred there at all. None.

      January 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
      • EX Catholic

        There you go again really!!

        January 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm |
        • Mmmmmmm


          January 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
  7. Vic

    I am not an expert on what goes between dignitaries but I always thought that when the POTUS meets with the Pope, the question of the if the RCC would reform would come up.

    January 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm |
    • Vic

      "...the question of the "if the RCC would reform" would come up."

      January 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
    • Mmmmmmm

      One would think that the subject would have been broached by every POTUS that has met the Popes since Eisenhower...

      January 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
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