THE PRESIDENCY: Back Door No Longer

Even after we have seen it, the act of bringing a Pope in the front door of the White House just like he was an Arab with oil or a state chairman with delegates is nothing short of a miracle.

Watching the spectacle of politicians clawing for invitations to the White House receptions and then basking in the reflected spiritualism recalled stories of 20 years ago, when John Kennedy was running hard for office while running away from any public chumminess with Popes or their standard-bearers.

There was a time early on in...

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