Snow fell on central Hades and icicles formed on the fringes of the Lake of Fire as “His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.” visited BYU and spoke of the relationship between Rome and Salt Lake City. Here is a portion of the story:

He also lauded the growing relationship between the Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their joint efforts, such as providing aid to the poor and needy and combating pornography.

“I’m personally grateful that after 180 years of living mostly apart from one another, Catholics and Latter-day Saints have begun to see one another as trustworthy partners in the defense of shared moral principles and in the promotion of the common good of our beloved country,” he said.

“Our churches have different histories and systems of belief and practice, although we acknowledge a common reference point in the person and the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Cardinal George is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the first Chicago native to become archbishop of Chicago. He presides over 2.3 million Catholics in the Chicago Archdiocese.

Well, we should not be surprised, I guess. Vatican II said Roman Catholics and Muslims adore the same God, so why not find a “common reference point” in the “person and the gospel of Jesus Christ”? Just because the Jesus of Mormonism is the begotten offspring of an exalted man and one of his many wives who lives on a planet circling a star named Kolob, and his “gospel” is the message of how you, too, can be exalted to godhood, that should not be taken as a real problem, should it?

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