Vatican Disputes White House Guest List for Papal Visit

by FRANCIS X. ROCCA | The Wall Street Journal  |  published on September 18, 2015

On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.

According to a senior Vatican official, the Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.

The tension exemplifies concerns among conservative Catholics, including many bishops, that the White House will use the pope’s visit to play down its differences with church leaders on such contentious issues as same-sex marriage and the contraception mandate in the health care law.

  • Diane Brenner

    Inasmuch as I consider this a vicious slap in the face to our Pope, he has been forewarned and hopefully will be prepared to counter Obama’s attempt to insult him. The Pope is a smart man. He’ll face this challenge and hopefully turn the tables on Obama.

  • Jimbo

    The Pope has teamed up with the most pro- abortion president in history to promote the fight against “global warming”. Why should he be surprised that Obama would do this?

  • rumaso

    “the Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.”

    And that is exactly what he will be endorsing if he is stupid enough to go ahead and show up

  • The Holy Father may give serious consideration to by-passing this visit as it will be used as a photo-op by the enemies of The Faith!…..

  • Don W

    The far right Religious Conservatives are no better then the far left Liberals I don’t support Many of Obama’s policies anymore… But the right of people to live free with in the LAWS OF MAN is a fundamental right that everyone is entitled to And Please DON’T TELL ME IT’S NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION OR THE BILL OF RIGHTS …Freedom is Freedom and Freedom is a basic RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE…Either We are free or Were not cant be both ways

  • Philo Dendron

    Sorry Mike, but they are in bed together. The Pope is one of the hierarchy of the NWO New World Order and are in this crap together. C’mon folks, do your research!!!

  • Don W

    The Vatican and the Catholics are living in the dark ages this is the 21 st century the Catholics along with the Far right wing Evangelical Protestants cant continue trying to control the WORLD OR THE UNITED STATES we are free willed free thinking free to live life the way we see fit WITH IN THE LAWS OF MAN,,,, Maybe the Pope should cancel,,, But not Because of Obama

    • Jimbo

      Catholics and Evangelical Protestants aren’t trying to control the world, US or YOU. If you’re bothered by the sight of churches, or the practices of Christians, don’t look!

    • Diane Brenner

      And God saw what was in the hearts of man and knew the evil would only grow, and so washed the Earth clean of them.

  • Nancy

    Obama is nothing more than an ignorant SOB. I hope the Pope doesn’t go anywhere near this playhouse president. The stupid Ahole is trying to rub the Pope’s nose in his (Obama) nastyiness. This jerk is not fit to be president of our country. Put him in a brothel, then he will be where he belongs

  • Alupara

    As it has been said, birds of a feather flock together. Or is it frock in this case?

  • KDC

    BO is an abomination!

  • donemyhomework

    So cancel the visit.

  • Nancy

    That SOB of a president. I hope the Pope completely ignores him and bypasses anything to do with the White House and Obama’s GAYS.

  • lorquiltdiva

    No Photos Please! The President does it why not the Pope.

    • KDC

      I wouldn’t be one bit surprised.

  • Debbie

    Welcome to the world of OBAMA PHOTO OPP.

  • gavinwca

    The Pope has been pushing for every Liberal, Fascist, perversion against America and Moral Christian’s worldwide. There should not be any surprise that this Jihadist Anti-American President would use his stupidity against him. The pope is not worrying that the Perversions this Presidents guest are pushing are wrong and Immoral, the only thing he is worrying about is being captured in a picture supporting their immoral position. This will turn out to be a Liberal, Fascist, love fest.

  • savage24

    What! The Pope is becoming a sensitive socialist and is worrying about being manipulated by an insensitive socialist. Maybe his should stay home and we’ll send Obama there.

  • Watchin U

    AND, the Pope will let him do it!! When will people wake up to what this evil man is doing?? I cant believe there is one American that still defends him.

  • J_R_K

    “…Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.”

    I have often said that what ever else can be said about Barack Obama, he is not stupid. I think I may have to re-think my position on that one. Either he is dumber than a pet rock, or he’s just trying to get the Vatican to denounce the United States …. hmmm… I wonder which one it is?

    • Nancy

      I don’t think the SOB is that smart, but he is just that ignorant!!!!

      • S. Wicks Jr

        What do you expect; obamy is a DEMONcrap. It’s OK to kill unborn babies and free know terrorists for a deserter…..

      • J_R_K

        I think he’s a puppet whose strings are pulled by people much more devious and capable than himself who see the game of politics and power like a chess master sees a chess board, who are always several moves ahead of any opposition. I don’t know what it was, but I am sure Obama had a specific reason for having those perverts and religious Catholic liberals there to welcome the pope, What ever it is, I’m sure it’s evil, rude, insulting and deliberate (I don’t think he does anything without a devious reason)… but it’s probably not stupid. I think he’s trying to checkmate the pope, and through him, the Catholic church (the largest, strongest, hierarchical church in America and the world) and should he succeed, the rest of Christian America becomes an easier target for take down by political maneuvering … Kind of like if I had to face 3 gunmen in an old west style shootout, I’d take out the fastest gun first and in so doing, increase my odds of beating the other two by intimidating them and weakening their resolve to stand and fight.

  • Patriot1955

    He should say thanks but no thanks to the Liar in chief.

    • 7papa7

      He should have the flight turn around and head back to Italy. It would do several things first it would be the deserved slap in the face to obama and secondly tell him if he was going to disrespect him he will have nothing to do with him and do all he can to bring his administration down. He should put out to the church in America that it would be a sin to vote for democrats again especially since this is indicative of what they believe.

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    NObama is doing this because he can–and he will get away with it!

    • S. Wicks Jr

      An Adolph Hitler in disguise.

  • Mike

    The Pope should stay as far away from this manipulative president as possible. Bad decision to go there in the first place.

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