Obama says American pope would be effective-A A +A
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is rejecting the notion that an American pope would be too closely aligned with the US government.
Obama said the Roman Catholic bishops in the US "don't seem to be taking orders from me." And he says an American pope would preside just as effectively as a leader of the Catholic church from any other country.
Cardinals are meeting in the Vatican to vote for a new pope. No American has ever served as pontiff and some cardinals worry an American pope's actions would be viewed as serving the US instead of the church.
The President, in an interview with ABC News aired Wednesday, said the new leader of the Catholic church will have "a tremendous and positive impact on the world." (AP)