March 13th, 2013
09:09 AM ET

Obama: U.S. pope would do just as well

It's been said that Roman Catholic cardinals are reluctant to ever choose an American pope, because the Vatican would then be too closely tied to Washington. President Barack Obama would beg to differ.

As cardinals participated in a conclave Wednesday to elect a new pope, Obama told ABC's "Good Morning America" that an "American pope would preside just as effectively as a Polish pope or an Italian pope or a Guatemalan pope."

"I don't know if you've checked lately but the Conference of Catholic Bishops here in the U.S. don't seem to be taking orders from me," he said, chuckling, after being asked if an American pope would take orders from the president.

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  1. eviltaxpayer

    Im surprised they didnt ask obama to appoint a new pope with an executive order-
    Im also surprised theyre even covering this story, the media and liberals hate GOD and the church, as does our muslim president – the media messiah.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tvnyc

    It isnt about you,, its about all the Atheists in this country that mock Christ and our religion.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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