Pope Benedictus has just met with the US President and Father Devoto
FATHER DEVOTO How was your audience with the President?
BENEDICTUS Productive. His intentions are commendable – within the sphere of his vision, as we often hear from politicians.
FATHER DEVOTO What do you mean, Your Holiness?
BENEDICTUS He is concerned about immediate problems in a practical way. But such actions will not save us.
FATHER DEVOTO Spiritually?
BENEDICTUS In the flesh. But first we must save ourselves spiritually.
FATHER DEVOTO Of course.
BENEDICTUS What if I told you?
FATHER DEVOTO What?
BENEDICTUS Never mind. I want to return to the discussion we had yesterday ... regarding visions. Do you think they can ever come, truly come to people who must deal with the problems of the world on the scale that, say, the President of the United States must?