White House climate adviser John Podesta and Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have discussed climate change in a recent meeting. An administration official told National Journal that the "administration has consistently reached out to the faith community, including Roman Catholics, to advance our common goal of protecting our planet."
As part of a five-day swing through Europe, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy on Friday morning met with senior officials at the Vatican to discuss climate change, commending Francis' outreach on the issue and detailing the work EPA and other federal agencies have done to address the country's climate impact.
This is not the first time this administration has kissed the ring. Both Obama and Pelosi were in the phone with the Holy See to discuss health care reform, which is why it is so anti-abortion.
It is entirely proper to meet with AMERICAN clergy, so long as no group is favored over another. It is an entirely different matter to consult with the Pope. Shame on Obama and Shame on Gina McCarthy.