Pope Francis Meets with Hobby Lobby Owners and 10 Members From the American Bible Society
Days after discussing the U.S. Catholic bishopsâ€™ fight over contraception with President Obama, Pope Francis met Monday with members of the Green family, the Oklahoma billionaires whose company,Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obamaâ€™s contraception mandateÂ to the Supreme CourtÂ last week.
The pope met with Obama on Thursday for the first time, touching on some hot-button disputes between the White House and U.S. Catholic bishops.
A Vatican statement after the meeting said thatÂ the two men talked about issues including â€śthe exercise of the rights toÂ religious freedom, life and conscientious objection,â€ť a veiled reference toÂ Obamaâ€™s disputes with the American bishops (and the Green family) over the administrationâ€™s contraception mandate underÂ Obamacare.
Obama later downplayed the contraception discussions with Francis,Â telling reportersthat he and the pope didnâ€™t spend much time on â€śsocial schisms.â€ť He said he and the Vaticanâ€™s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, discussed â€śbriefly the issue of making sure that conscience and religious freedom was observed in the context of applying the law.â€ť
The Greens are in Rome for the launch of one of their traveling exhibits, â€śVerbum Domini IIâ€ť (Latin for â€śThe Word of the Lordâ€ť).
â€śThe purpose of the meeting was to thank the pope for the loan of items to the exhibit from the Vatican museum and library,â€ť said Jennifer Sheran of DeMoss, the Atlanta public relations firm that represents the Greens. â€śThe pope did ask how the (Hobby Lobby) case was progressing.â€ť
Source: Charisma News |Â SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY/RNS