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News on The 700 Club: March 13, 2013

As seen on "The 700 Club" March 13: Black smoke rises as papal vote enters second day, Boy Scouts poll members on gay ban views, and more. Read Transcript


BLACK SMOKE ISSUED FORTH

FROM THE SISTINE CHAPEL

YESTERDAY.

THAT MEANS NO POPE YET.

AND WE'VE ALSO -- HOW TALL

ARE YOU?

Kristi: 5' 7."

Pat: DO YOU BELIEVE

WE'RE GOING TO SHOW SEVEN

FEET OF REGULATIONS FOR THE

OBAMACARE?

THAT'S A FOOT AND A HALF

TALLER THAN YOU ARE.

Kristi: THAT'S PRETTY

TALL.

Pat: WE'LL SHOW

PICTURES OF WHAT IT LOOKS

LIKE.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO READ

THROUGH ALL OF IT TO GET

HEALTH CARE.

Kristi: REMEMBER THAT

WOMAN WHO HAD THAT BOOK, AND

IT WAS THIS LONG, WHO READ

ALL OF IT, AND I THINK SHE

WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO

ACTUALLY READ IT.

Pat: THEY'RE LOOKING

FOR A POPE OVER IN ROME WHO

WILL HAVE TO HANDLE SOME

TOUGH PROBLEMS FACING THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Kristi: THE CATHOLIC

CHURCH IN LOS ANGELES HAS

REACHED A SETTLEMENT IN FOUR

SEX ABUSE CASES, AND IT IS

GOING TO COST THEM NEARLY

$10 MILLION.

IT IS JUST ONE OF THE ISSUES

THE NEXT POPE MUST DEAL

WITH.

HERE IS CHRIS MITCHELL FROM

ROME.

Reporter: EVEN IN THE

DIGITAL AGE, 115 CARDINALS

COMMUNICATE BY BLACK SMOKE.

HERE IN VATICAN CITY, THERE

IS AN AIR OF EXPECTATION OF

WHEN THE CARDINALS WILL

REACH THEIR DECISION, AND

WHO THE NEXT POPE WILL BE.

IF HISTORY IS ANY JUDGE, IT

MAY NOT BE THAT LONG.

I DON'T THINK IT WILL

TAKE MORE THAN TWO OR THREE

DAYS, AT MOST.

WE HAVEN'T HAD A CONCLAVE GO

OVER FIVE DAYS SINCE 1831.

SO IF THEY GO MORE THAN

THAT, THEN WE KNOW THEY HAVE

PROBLEMS, THAT THEY'RE

HAVING A DIFFICULTY.

Reporter: MANY

CATHOLICS WE TALK TO HERE

ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT

OVERALL CHURCH LEADERSHIP

THAN WHO BECOMES POPE.

WE EXPECT A GOOD LEADER

IN THIS AGE, WHERE THERE IS

A CRISIS ABOUT FAITH.

I THINK THEY HAVE LOST A

BIT OF VISION IN THE

FUTURE.

PERHAPS THIS ONE NEEDS TO

GIVE US THE RIGHT

DIRECTION.

I THINK THE POPE IS A

REFLECTION OF THE DIRECTION

THE CHURCH IS GOING TO GO

IN, AND WHAT THE CARDINALS

ARE THINKING.

Reporter: DR. THOMAS

REESE, AUTHOR OF "INSIDE THE

VATICAN," SAYS THE CHURCH

NEEDS TO CONFRONT ONE OF ITS

SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE

THE SEX ABUSE CRISIS,

ESPECIALLY FOR THE CHILDREN

THAT WERE HARMED.

THE AMERICAN BISHOPS ARE

VERY CONCERNED THAT ANY POPE

THEY WANT TO SEE ELECTED HAS

TO BE INVOLVED IN ANY SEXUAL

ABUSE.

Reporter: HOW THE

CHURCH AND THE NEXT POPE

CONFRONTS THIS ISSUE AND THE

OTHER CHALLENGES FACING IT

REMAINS TO BE SEEN.

BUT THE WORLD WILL BE

WAGING.

THE PAPAL CONCLAVE IS

ATTRACTING WORLDWIDE

ATTENTION.

THEIR REPORTS WILL REACH

NEARLY EVER PLACE ON THE

GLOBE.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

VATICAN CITY, ROME.

Pat: THE POPE IS A

SPIRITUAL LEADER OF NOT ONLY

THE CATHOLICS, BUT MANY

OTHERS.

HIS PRONOUNCEMENTS HAVE

GREAT IMPACT IN THE WORLD.

MANY OF US DEEPLY ADMIRED

POPE JOHN PAUL II.

HE WAS LOVED BY PEOPLE IN

AMERICA, REGARDLESS OF THEIR

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION.

AND I BELIEVE THE CURRENT

POPE IS A TREMENDOUS GUY.

HE JUST IS A LITTLE MORE

RESERVED THAN JOHN PAUL.

WE LOOK TO THE CATHOLICS TO

GIVE SOMETHING THAT WILL BE

A SYMBOL FOR THE RELIGIOUS

VIEWS OF THE CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND WE WISH THEM THE VERY

BEST.

YOU KNOW -- I WON'T SAY

ANYTHING MORE ABOUT THE SEX

ABUSE.

THEY'VE GOT THEIR PROBLEMS

AND THEY NEED TO DEAL WITH

IT.

THEY NEED TO DEAL WITH IT IN

THE SEMINARIES.

IT IS A TOUGH THING WHEN

YOU'VE GOT SOME OF THE

PROBLEMS THEY HAVE.

WELL, HERE IS SOME OTHER

GROUPS THAT HAVE PROBLEMS.

HERE AT HOME, THE BOY SCOUTS

ARE TAKING ON A MAJOR MORAL

DECISION.

LEE WEBB HAS THAT STORY FROM

THE CBN NEWS ROOM.

HERE IS LEE.

Lee: PAT, THE BOY

SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS

SURVEYING ITS MEMBERS TO

DETERMINE THEIR VIEWS ON

HOMOSEXUALITY.

THE 13-QUESTION SURVEY WAS

SENT TO MORE THAN A MILLION

ADULTS INVOLVED IN

SCOUTING.

IT ASKED HIM TO SHARE THEIR

VIEWS ON THE IMPACT OF

ALLOWING GAY SCOUT LEADERS

AND MEMBERS.

AND IT ALSO INCLUDES

HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS LIKE

THIS ONE: BOB IS 15 YEARS

OLD AND THE ONLY OPENLY GAY

IN A BOY SCOUT TROOP.

IT IS ACCEPTABLE OR

UNACCEPTABLE FOR THE TROOP

LEADER TO ALLOW BOB TO TENT

WITH ANOTHER BOY, WHO IS

HETEROSEXUAL.

DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE HAVE

FINALLY PUT TOGETHER THEIR

FIRST BUDGET IN FOUR YEARS.

IT INCLUDES NEARLY A

TRILLION DOLLARS IN NEW

TAXES, BUT IT STILL DOESN'T

BALANCE THE BUDGET.

AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF

EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT

WASTE.

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF

HEALTH, FOR EXAMPLE, IS

GIVING GRANTS OF

$1.5 MILLION TO FIND OUT WHY

THREE-QUARTERS OF LES

LESBIANSS ARE OBESE, BUT GAY

MALES ARE NOT.

AND THEY'RE SPENDING A

QUARTER OF A MILLION OF

DOLLARS TO STUDY PICTURES OF

ANIMALS IN NATIONAL

GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE.

AND DESPITE BUDGET CUTS, THE

GOVERNMENT HAS ADVERTISED

FOR 2600 NEW JOBS IN THE

LAST WEEK AND A HALF.

Pat: IT IS A TOTAL

FRAUD, WHAT HAS BEEN PUT

OUT, AND THE PRESIDENT HAS

GOT EGG ALL OVER HIS FACE.

AND THESE THINGS -- THEY'RE

GOING TO SPEND HOW MUCH

MONEY TO FIND OUT WHY

LESBIANS ARE FAT?

PLEASE.

I MEAN, THAT'S YOUR TAX

DOLLARS AT WORK.

YOU GO THROUGH A LIST OF THE

HORRIBLES OF WHAT GOES ON AT

THE GOVERNMENT, AND YOU SAY,

ARE THESE PEOPLE OUT OF

THEIR MIND?

AND YET THEY'RE BORROWING

MONEY FROM CHINA TO STUDY,

FOR EXAMPLE, THE IMPACT OF

ALCOHOL ON CHINESE

PROSTITUTES.

I MEAN, LIKE, WHO CARES?

MAYBE THE CHINESE CARE, BUT

WE SHOULDN'T BE PAYING OUR

TAX MONEY, NOR SHOULD WE BE

BORROWING FROM CHINA TO

STUDY THEIR PROBLEM.

WHEW!

DON'T GET ME STARTED.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, LEE, LET'S

LOOK AT SOMETHING ELSE.

Lee: PAT, PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S NEW POLICY GROUP,

ORGANIZING FOR ACTION, IS

HOLDING A SUMMIT IN

WASHINGTON, AND THE

PRESIDENT IS A FEATURED

SPEAKER.

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS O.F.A.

IS DESIGNED TO HELP THE

MIDDLE CLASS.

BUT CRITICS FROM THE LEFT

AND THE RIGHT ARGUE IT LOOKS

MORE LIKE A LOBBYING GROUP

TO PUSH THE PRESIDENT'S

AGENDA.

JENNIFER WISHON EXPLAINS.

Reporter:

SOME WATCHDOG

GROUPS CALL IT A SCANDAL

WAITING TO HAPPEN, AND

THEY'RE ASKING PRESIDENT

OBAMA TO SHUT DOWN WHAT THEY

CALL A NEW DANGEROUS ARM OF

HIS PRESIDENCY.

THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT

"ORGANIZING FOR ACTION," THE

NON-PROFIT CREATED OUT OF

THE PRESIDENT'S RE-ELECTION

MACHINE, OBAMA FOR AMERICA.

IT IS DESIGNED TO REDIRECT

THE POWER OF HIS POLITICAL

CAMPAIGN TO BACK HIS POLICY

AGENDA,

DEPLOYING

RESOURCES

TO PROMOTE ITEMS LIKE GUN

CONTROL, IMMIGRATION REFORM,

AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

IT IS RUN BY FORMER TOP

OBAMA ADVISORS.

EVEN THE GROUP'S WEBSITE

LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE

PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN.

RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT

WHERE THE GOVERNMENT AND THE

WHITE HOUSE ENDS, AND THE

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BEGAN.

MICHELLE OBAMA HELPED

LAUNCHED IT.

THIS IS YOUR MOVEMENT.

GOING FORWARD, IT COULD BE

WHATEVER YOU MAKE OF IT.

Reporter: TONIGHT

O.F.A., AS IT IS KNOWN, IS

HOLDING ITS FOUNDER SUMMIT.

DONORS HAVE ACCESS TO THE

COMMANDER IN CHIEF HIMSELF.

THE COST FOR A SEAT AT THE

TABLE, $50,000 PER PERSON.

I JUST THINK THAT IS

WRONG.

Reporter: BOB EDGAR IS

PRESIDENT OF "COMMON CAUSE,"

A GROUP DEDICATED TO OPEN

AND ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT.

HE SAYS THE PRESIDENT IS

BLOWING HIS CHANCE TO PROVE

HE IS SERIOUS ABOUT CAMPAIGN

FINANCE REFORM AND

MINIMIZING THE MONEY THAT

MONEY PLAYS IN POLITICS.

ONCE THE PRESIDENT WON

RE-ELECTION, HE SHOULD HAVE

STOPPED, THOUGHT ABOUT THIS

ORGANIZATION, AND ORGANIZED

FROM THE BOTTOM UP, AND NOT

FROM THE TOP DOWN.

Reporter: THE WHITE

HOUSE SAYS O.F.A. IS FOR

AVERAGE AMERICANS, AND IT

DENIES REPORTS THAT MEGA

DONORS WHO BUNDLE $5,000 FOR

MORE FOR O.F.A. WILL GET

THEIR OWN QUARTERLY MEETINGS

WITH THE PRESIDENT.

O.F.A. WAS SET UP TO

PROMOTE THE PRESIDENT'S

PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA.

AND AS ANYONE WOULD EXPECT,

HE WOULD MEET WITH THEM TO

DISCUSS HIS AGENDA.

THERE IS A PRICE SET FOR THE

MEETING FOR THE PRESIDENT IS

ABSURD.

Reporter: THE GROUP

PROMISES TO HELP RAISE

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO

EMPLOY AN ARMY OF POLITICAL

ACTIVISTS TO ADVANCE THE

PRESIDENT'S AGENDA.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Lee: IT IS OBVIOUS THAT

CARNEY HAD A PREPARED

STATEMENT TO GO FOR THE

PRESS.

Pat: YOU KNOW HE DID.

$50,000 FOR DINNER.

THAT'S A RIGHT EXPENSIVE

DINNER, EVEN IF THE CHEF AND

THE WHITE HOUSE IS UP TO THE

TOP FORM.

$50,000 IS A LOT OF MONEY

FOR FORS FILET MIGNON.

Lee: THE ASSOCIATED

PRESS REPORTS THAT A DRAFT

OF AN APPLICATION FOR A

THREE-PERSON FAMILY RUNS 15

PAGES.

THE ONLINE VERSION HAS 21

STEPS, SOME WITH ADDITIONAL

QUESTIONS.

APPLICATION WILL BE CHECKED

BY THREE FEDERAL AGENCIES,

INCLUDING -- YOU GUESSED

IT -- THE I.R.S.

MORE THAN FOUR MILLION

APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL

ASSISTANCE ARE EXPECTED NEXT

YEAR.

THE NEW COVERAGE STARTS

JANUARY 1st, AND

ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS SAY

IT IS BEE REFINED.

BUT THEY SAY PICKING A

HEALTH PROGRAM WILL BE AS

EASY AS SHOPPING ON THE

INTERNET IS NOT TRUE.

REPUBLICAN SENATOR MITCH

McCONNELL SENT OUT THIS

PROPOSAL OF THE 20,000 PAGES

OF THE OBAMACARE

REGULATIONS.

IT IS MORE THAN SEVEN FEET

HIGH.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, ALL OF

THAT PAPER IS WRAPPED UP IN

RED TAPE.

Kristi: WOW!

Pat: THAT'S WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A

WHOLE LOT OF PAID POLITICAL

APPOINTEES MAKING

DECISIONS.

THEY HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH

REALITY.

SEVEN FEET OF REGULATIONS

WRAPPED IN RED TAPE.

Kristi: WOW!

Pat: THAT'S WHAT THEY

HAVE GOT.

AND, YOU KNOW, I'M GLAD TO

SEE THAT THE A.P. IS

STARTING TO TURN RIGHTEOUS.

NOT FULLY RIGHTEOUS, BUT

PARTIALLY RIGHTEOUS.

THEY ARE STARTING TO REPORT

THINGS AS THEY ARE, AND GOOD

FOR THEM.

LET'S HOPE THEY DO MORE OF

THAT.

THIS IS A SWITCH.

BUT, HEY, WE'LL TAKE

EVERYTHING THAT COMES.

KRISTI?

Kristi: ALL I CAN SAY

IS THAT OLD SAYING, A

PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND

WORDS.

Pat: IF YOU WERE

STANDING BESIDE IT, IT WOULD

TOWER OVER YOUR HEAD.

Kristi: RIDICULOUS.

THE COLORADO STATE

LEGISLATURE HAS APPROVED A

MEASURE ALLOWING CIVIL

UNIONS FOR GAY COUPLES IN

THAT STATE.

TWO REPUBLICANS BROKE FROM

PARTY LINES TO PASS THE

BILL.

THE GOVERNOR IS EXPECTED TO

SIGN IT INTO LAW.

THE MOVE MARKS A POLITICAL

SHIFT IN COLORADO.

SEVEN YEARS AGO VOTERS THERE

APPROVED A MEASURE BANNING

GAY MARRIAGE.

WESTMINISTER THEOLOGICAL

SEMINARY IN PENNSYLVANIA HAS

FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE

CONTRACEPTION MANDATE IN

OBAMACARE.

THE SUIT CHALLENGES THE

REQUIREMENT THAT EMPLOYEES

HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT

PROVIDES ABORTION INDUCING

DRUGS.

TWO OTHER INSTITUTIONS HAVE

ALREADY GONE TO COURT

AGAINST THE MANDATE.

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