Confirmed!I have found several websites which confirm this "guest list" for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the White House this week...
The UK Daily Mail reports:
Pope Francis's first visit to the White House next week is shaping up to be a doozy, as President Obama has arranged for several opponents of traditional Catholic teaching to be among those greeting the pontiff.Francis is known for his tolerance, having urged Catholics against condemning those with non-traditional lifestyles such as homosexuals and pro-choice advocates.But this may test even Francis's famous papal patience.
In a stunning show of political indecorum, Obama has invited a series of individuals who publicly flout Catholic teaching, including a pro-abortion religious sister, a transgender woman and the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, along with at least two Catholic gay activists.http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/16/white-house-invites-trio-catholic-dissenters-greet-pope-francis/
The Wall Street Journal reports:
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.http://www.wsj.com/articles/vatican-disputes-white-house-guest-list-for-papal-visit-1442533549
Catholic Vote comments:
This is beyond President Obama’s typical Chicago-style politics. This is beyond the more vile tenets of the Alinsky catechism. Hell, this is beyond the bozo Soviet nonsense that John Paul II had to put up with.https://www.catholicvote.org/the-presidents-plot-to-exploit-the-pope/
No, what we have here is special. We haven’t seen such a raw, naked attempt by a secular head of state to manipulate a pope in centuries.
I, for one, hope that Pope Francis does not take this sitting down and uses the situation as an opportunity to (tactfully) put President Obama in his place. President Obama would not (and has not) deliberately invited guests who would be offensive to Islamic leaders who have visited, why this blatant show of disrespect to Catholics? I would even favor Pope Francis deciding to skip the White House visit and comment to reschedule at a time and under a host who would be more respectful of the Catholic Head of State (the Vatican, afterall, is a nation-state).