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Weigel thinks there’s no use for such speculation. He suggests instead that their conversation will focus on their shared concern for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, which is still recovering from the murder of the Chaldean archbishop Mosul Paulos Faraj Rahho.
George Neumayr, editor of Catholic World Report and a columnist for TAS, suggests that their conversation will follow up on Benedict’s book on Europe, Without Roots, which Bush reportedly read and enjoyed.
Whatever the topic of their conversation, it is clear the President and the Pope have established a rapport that extends beyond matters of state. McGurn said that at the White House dinner for Catholic Leaders, Bush described the Church as “a rock in a raging sea.”
For a president known for verbal gaffes, that’s a surprisingly strong image. For a besieged and worn-down Methodist President who sees God in the eyes of the Pope, however, nothing too unusual.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online