I’m afraid if you were reading Peach Pundit exclusively this week to avoid the all-pope-all-the-time media coverage you’ll want to cover your eyes.
Several Georgians were at the White House to welcome the Pope with the President. Senator David Shafer relays his impression to Dick Pettys of Insider Advantage (its behind a pay-wall, but I’m told its ok to post):
(4/16/08) As it turns out, there were a number of Georgia officials at the White House Wednesday morning welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to America.
Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, was among them and he offered some details of the ceremony along with his impressions in a telephone interview..
Shafer said that freedom was a main theme of the Pope’s remarks and that he praised the work of his predecessor, the late John Paul II, in combating totalitarianism. He also said the Pope made specific reference to “the countless memorials in towns and cities in the United States honoring Americans who gave their lives not just for the freedom of this country but of people throughout the world.”
Said Shafer: “I thought it was significant that he publicly paid tribute to America’s war dead and recognized that the American military has been an instrument for advancing the cause of freedom.”
Shafer, who is not Catholic, praised the Catholic Church as “an important religious and social institution that has contributed greatly to humanity” and said it was “thrilling to be in the presence of the spiritual leader of so many Christians and the heir to the Apostle Peter as head of the Roman church.”
Also on hand, according to Shafer, were Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, ex-Christian Coalition chief Ralph Reed and former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Shafer said that he planned to attend White House briefings Wednesday afternoon on trade, housing and the environment.