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Boehner Sends Regrets, Pelosi Lobbies for Invite to Pope's Inauguration
House Speaker John Boehner, the nation's highest-ranking Catholic in the House of Representatives, declined an invitation today from President Obama to join the U.S. delegation to Pope Francis' papal investiture, while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unabashedly expressed her hope to attend the March 19 event.
Following his meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, where the president was passed a note and broke the news to lawmakers that the College of Cardinals had chosen a new pope, Obama invited Boehner to join Vice President Joe Biden as part of the U.S. delegation attending the pope's inauguration, according to a senior aide to the speaker.
"I am grateful for the invitation to attend the papal investiture in Rome with Vice President Biden, and would like to be able to join the trip. Unfortunately, my duties in the House next week - including hosting President Obama...
It's hard to believe that Boehner, can't get along with Pelosi that well? I would think they would both want to kiss the ring of the Vicar of Satan?
But of course Bosehner doesn't want to show that the GOP has really turned into a member of the "Christian" Democracy movement (or conspiracy movement for you who like conspiracies. It's a pity that many don't see the role of Christians in politics q.v., The Believer and Politics. Also that churches are to stay out of politics just one of series of excellent articles by Don Goertzen on this topic, for example, an excerpt from, Heartbeat (of the Hills March 10, 2013) PDF
Don Goertzen wrote: If the Roman Catholic or the Protestant churches had the full enlightenment as they claimed why not let the Word of God rule in forming a New Testament Church? Rather they believed that they were to enforce a (false) conformance to the Word by the use of force-the sword....a flawed theology when considering the power of the Word, which calls itself, a two-edged sword... [/QU