Why kiss the Pope?

Months of planning have led to this moment — Wednesday’s official arrival ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States in his three years as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Plans for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States have been in the works for months.

“The White House staff, across the board, we are all very excited,” said White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, calling the visit “wonderful, historic.”

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, who greeted the pope Tuesday on his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, will welcome the pontiff in an elaborate ceremony Wednesday morning on the South Lawn of the White House.

The rest of the story can be found at CNN.COM – Politic

The above picture says it all to me.

What is the obsession with a man who has come to represent a closed-mindedness that most Christians would agree Jesus would never have agreed with?

I saw Nancy Pelosi, a pro-choice Democrat, kiss the hand of the Pope on CNN today. They are polar opposites. Pelosi does not directly or indirectly support child abuse or pedophilia, the Pope does. Pelosi supports the right of a woman to choose, the Pope does not. Yet, she kissed his hand. How about a handshake? Why worship someone who claims to be opposed to idol-worship? Why a big ceremony for the Pope when the money for that ceremony could have paid for a health procedure for a sick child or therapy for a victim of child abuse at the hands of a Catholic Priest?

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