Evangelist Franklin Graham has called President Obama’s guest list for Pope Francis’ welcome this week “disgraceful and obviously inappropriate,” even as the Vatican has reportedly objected to the White House’s invitation to transgender activists, an openly gay bishop and supporters of abortion and euthanasia.
The guest list for a planned event at the White House’s South Lawn to welcome the pope on his first full day in the U.S. on Wednesday includes Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a “Catholic social justice lobby” which allegedly supports abortion and euthanasia; Bishop Gene Robinson, former Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire who is the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the country; Mateo Williamson, a former co-head of the transgender caucus of Dignity USA; and also activists from the LGBT group GLAAD.
“Is there no end to the lengths the president will go to in order to push his sinful agenda?” Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. … The presence of some figures is especially irritating, a senior Vatican official, who was not named, was quoted as saying.
The Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with such guests could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities. The official also wondered if the White House has invited any representatives of the U.S. anti-abortion movement.
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