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. uhadit

    A Terrorist American Catholic Christian can never repeat never become a POPE of the Catholic Church because the American christians are slaves to the Zionist Terrorist Isra Hell jews

    March 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Kelly

      Spoken like a TRUE terrorist...

      March 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick in Wisconsin

      Go away birthed. Don't you have other minorities to hate on?

      March 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viz

      Your racist comment has been reported.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Viz

    What does Obama knows? Nothing.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ava

      It's 'know' not 'knows'. Clearly you 'knows' less.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • twalk

      More than GWB knew and knows..lol

      March 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jowl

    Obama nor his wife never met a news camera they didn't like..

    March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Oh grow up.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ava

      I can just bet that the moment word gets out that Obama is refusing to answer reporters question you'd be one of the very first in line to attack him for his 'arrogance'.

      In future if you have nothing intelligent to contribute, then say nothing.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. louiis taglia

    Grazie a new Pope

    March 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DB

    To even ask the President about it at all is outrageously stupid.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JennG

    Obama is an idiot. Stay out of it!

    March 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      You're the idiot, since you're blaming Obama for being asked a question. You should blame the person who asked it, stupid.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kenji

    You can trust Obama to get in front of the camera for any reason. Obama is a godless anti-christian man, his opinion means nothing in this matter

    March 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ava

      Just like I told the other idiot, I bet that the moment Obama refuses to answer reporters questions you'd be one of the very first to attack him.

      He had every right to asnwer a question he was asked which he did, just like you have every right to display your stupidity here, which you also clearly did.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    the abuse of little boys and girls is unacceptable for the catholic church.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      It's unacceptable (and a problem in) all churches...

      March 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NooYawkah

    Did Obama fly to Rome with Valerie Jarrett and his wife and entourage to campaign for an American pope? If not he wasted a golden opportunity to waste more taxpayer money on frivolous trips.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Letty

    Yaaay ! un Latino Fabulosoooo ......Yes Che:)

    March 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    @jenng
    an idiot with a law degree, and by the way a professor.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    The majority, Kenji, are godless. Do you call upon HIS name?!!! Psalms 83:18. You clown!!

    March 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. willem

    Instead of bickering, it is better to pray for the new Pope. That he may find the courage to consecrate Russia to the Holy Mary.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    May want to start with his HOUSE.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. helmutzermin

    Reblogged this on Helmut Zermin 's Blog.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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