Recent news reports suggest that Bush will use some of his time in Rome to cosy up to the Pope for photo ops meant to boost his support among American Catholics. My first reaction was, "American Catholics cannot be stupid enough to equate proximity in a picture with holiness." My second was, "I cannot believe that the Pope would lend his support -- even unspoken and given through photo ops -- to a political candidate with blood on his hands."
Can anyone explain this? Or is this once-vital Pope now so enfeebled by Parkinsons that he simply can't run when Bush chases him down with the press corps and throws an arm around him?