Papal biographer and long-time vaticanisto George Weigel provides an interesting, tough-minded reading of the Vatican’s take on the meetings between President Obama and Pope Francis. He doesn’t think the clerics were impressed with the pols.
|Official photo released by the Vatican.
I kid you not.
Weigel does a nice job of interpreting the gestures and symbols the Pope and his staff used. Worth your time if such things interest.
Pope Francis conducted his conversation with President Obama across a desk — a stage-setting exercise on the Vatican’s part that one canny media veteran thought “a tad aggressive” and another observer said resembled a school principal having a firm talk with a recalcitrant student. There was no attempt to embarrass here. But the arrangement nonetheless sent a signal, to the administration and to others: The Holy See was not interested in reinforcing the White House’s pre-meeting script, nor would it be interested in doing so for other public officials in the future
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.