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June 20, 2013

President Obama and Roman Catholic Education

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

President ObamaA liberal Roman Catholic has come out to defend President Barack Obama and his comments in Northern Ireland regarding Catholic education. The President is a smart politician who has made verbal gaffes in the past. Part of me thinks this falls into the verbal gaffe category. Granted, I have no theological love for liberal Roman Catholic theologians, but they may have a point here. It just not appear, at least to me, that President Obama was condemning the entirety of Roman Catholic education that has been a societal foundation for centuries. I believe he was talking about a specific issue in Northern Ireland where tensions still linger between Roman Catholics and Protestants. These issues rarely ever make the news, but they are very real for the people of Northern Ireland. I feel the President was making a greater political point for peace between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, where he called for the walls between the two religious factions be broken down.

Do I think he could have made a clearer statement? Yes. But he’s a normal sinful human being like the rest of us. He makes mistakes. From the Buzzfeed article:

“Issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity — symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others — these are not tangential to peace; they’re essential to it,” (President) Obama said. “If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs — if we can’t see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division. It discourages cooperation.”

Did President Obama Diss Catholic Education in Northern Ireland?

Written by Evan Morris-Santoro
Buzzfeed
Thursday, June 20, 2013

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