Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
Babylon the great the mother
of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. Revelation 17:3-5 NIV
The past few years have seen cordial but cooling relations between the
and the Vatican.
Since President Obama took office, he has visited the Vatican just
once, and the administration has demonstrated little more than a perfunctory
interest in the Holy See's diplomatic role in the world. This is a lost
opportunity at a critical time for America.
policy has much to gain from its relationship with the Holy See, the
governing body of the Catholic Church. No institution on earth has both the international
stature and the global reach of the Holy See — the "soft power" of
moral influence and authority to promote religious freedom, human liberties,
and related values that Americans and our allies uphold worldwide.
and the Holy See remain two of the most significant institutions in world
history, one a beacon of democracy and progress, the other a sanctum of faith
and allegiance to timeless principles. Despite these differences between the
first modern democracy and the longest surviving Western monarchy, both were
founded on the idea that "human persons" possess inalienable natural
rights granted by God. United States