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The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

posted on March 24, 2014

At The New York Times, Jason Horowitz discusses Obama’s roots in the social justice wing of the Catholic Church as the president sets to meet with Pope Francis later this week. Although not a baptized Catholic, Obama retains strong ties through his years of work with the Church helping the Chicago poor early in his political career. “A White House accustomed to archbishop antagonists hopes the president will find a strategic ally and kindred spirit in a pope who preaches a gospel of social justice and inclusion,” Horowitz writes. “Mr. Obama’s old friends in the priesthood pray that Francis will discover a president freed from concerns about re-election and willing to rededicate himself to the vulnerable.”

Read at The New York Times