In a comment that may be historically regarded as the most ridiculous ever uttered by a White House official, (although given the history of the Obama Administration’s lying, that is probably a hyperbolic statement) White House chief of staff Denis McDonough stated Wednesday that Barack Obama is the “most Catholic” of American presidents.
Speaking with Obama’s former senior adviser David Axelrod on his podcast The Axe Files, McDonough stated:
Look, I say to him, Axe, and I think I’ve said this to him in your presence, and I’ve said this publicly before, I think this is our most Catholic of presidents. And I mean that by capital “C” Catholic in what I see and what he does everyday. It’s not to say that he does everything entirely consistent with Catholic teaching. That’s not the idea, but I think, in fact, his view of the person and his view of our role and the view of us as adding to the common good, I think is an undeniably Catholic set of premises, and that’s why I say that to him a lot.
Where do you start in refuting such an insulting remark to genuine Catholics?
Should we start with Obama’s love of abortion, which he demonstrated with Obamacare’s attempt to force religious organizations to provide insurance that covers birth control to their employees. Not only is abortion anathema to Cathjolic teaching, but contraceptives violate Catholic teaching.
Or we could mention Obama’s attack on The Sermon on the Mount in 2006.
Or we could mention an especially egregious incident, when in 2009 Obama spoke at Georgetown University, an institution founded and run by the Jesuits – the Society of Jesus, and insisted that religious images would have to be covered when he spoke, including a cross, the school seal and the lettering "INS," a Greek abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ and part of the Jesuit seal.
Or should we mention Obama equating the Crusades to ISIS terrorism?
Oh, he’s Catholic, all right.