According to the Wall Street Journal, the Vatican was offended that that Obama administration decided 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.”

This sentiment was upheld by prominent leaders of the Catholic faith in America, to include Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.

He was not invited. Father Marcel Guarnizo, who refused to grant Communion to a gay woman said that invitation was “awful.” He went on to say that the Administration is, “orchestrating the visit, with the unfortunate help of some bishops.” Guarnizo was removed from the Archdiocese of Washington and has been effectively banished from the position for three years.

Add to this list the revulsion other Catholic leaders, like Catholic University Professor Jay Richards who effectively said the White House was hijacking the pope’s visit.

It is clear that many Catholic leaders took issue, but were not surprised, at the White House’s mockery of the pope’s visit with a dog-and-pony show of alternative sexual lifestyles and pro bay on board murderers.

The Catholic League president Bill Donahue said,

“It is so fitting that the least friendly administration to religion in history would invite a collection of pro-abortion nuns, Catholic gay activists, assorted dissidents and religious rebels to attend Pope Francis’ visit to the White House on September 23rd.”

Even non-Catholics were outraged. National Right to Life president, Carole Tobias said no surprise there. Clearly the Catholics, prominent leaders and members of the faith, and those not of the Catholic faith, were not happy.

Sadly, looking back over the past week and judging by the actions and speeches of the pope, one has to wonder if they are now equally disappointed in the Pope and Vatican, because the latter two’s supposed umbrage certainly was not on display.

Source: CNS News




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