By John W. Lillpop
During the Pope’s historic visit to America last month, President Obama embarrassed himself, the nation, and faithful Christians all over the world with a childish stunt whereby a transvestite, a pro-choice nun, and a gay bishop, were assigned to a welcoming committee that greeted His Holiness on the lawn of the White House.
The designation of three Catholics whose lifestyles are in direct conflict with Catholic teachings advocated by the Pope was no doubt considered the “Right thing to do,” by Obama whose blind spot when it comes to religions (other than Islam) is increasingly inappropriate.
No doubt Obama was seeking to send a strong message to the Pope; however, that strategy appears to have failed, along with most of Obama’s other recent attempts to influence powerful leaders throughout the world.
Evidence that Obama’s advocacy of alternative lifestyles failed to sway Catholic dogma is borne out by the fact that the Church has “fired” a Polish priest for announcing that he is gay and calling for changes in church teachings with regard to homosexuals.
As reported at the reference:
“VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Saturday dismissed a Polish priest from his Holy See job after he came out as gay and called for changes in Catholic teachings against homosexual activity on the eve of a major Church meeting on the family.
Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a theologian, had worked at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm, since 2003, and taught theology at pontifical universities in Rome, which have also dismissed him.
Charamsa, 43, told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper and Polish media that he was gay and had a partner. The Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin but homosexual activity is, and priests, whether heterosexual or gay, take vows of celibacy.
Charasma followed up his media interviews with a packed news conference with his partner and gay activists at a Rome restaurant. They had planned a demonstration in front of the Vatican but changed the venue several hours before it was due to have started.
The Vatican said the dismissal had nothing to do with Charasma's reflections on his personal life, which it said "merit respect".
But it said his interviews and the planned demonstration was "grave and irresponsible" given their timing on the eve of a synod of bishops who will discuss family issues, including the Church's position on gays.
The Vatican said his actions were aimed at subjecting the synod, which Pope Francis opens on Sunday, to "undue media pressure". He presided at prayer vigil for the synod on Saturday night before tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square.”
Once again, Barack Obama’s vicious war on Christian values results in utter failure!
Posted by John W Lillpop at 9:40 AM
By John W. Lillpop
Barack Obama’s much lauded “coolness” has apparently been rattled by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
As reported at the reference, The Donald seems to have struck a raw nerve in the overly sensitive, child-like psyche of Barack Obama:
“I’m here to say there’s nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America,” Obama said in a clear reference to Donald Trump.
Obama also had a response to Trump’s controversial slogan, Make America Great Again: “America is great right now. America is winning right now.”
Once again, Obama’s bloated ego and world-class vanity cloud his vision and judgment.
What The One fails to recognize is that when GOP candidates speak of America’s weakness and decline they are not lambasting America---rather, they are pointing out the singular failure of Obama to lead and govern effectively!
It’s YOUR flawed policies and failed leadership that are the problem, Mr. President!
Posted by John W Lillpop at 7:22 AM
By John W. Lillpop
When Pope Francis arrives at the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Obama, he will be greeted by a welcoming committee comprised of a transvestite, a pro-choice nun, and a gay bishop, three Catholics whose lifestyle choices are in direct conflict with Catholic teachings advocated by the Pope.
Other than the fact that Obama has very little, or no, respect for religious customs or teachings, other than those of Islam, it is odd that the president would deliberately seek to embarrass the Pope in such a public and obvious gesture.
Importantly, Obama’s scheme has not gone unnoticed by the Vatican.
As reported at the reference:
President Barack Obama has attracted attention for planning to meet Pope Francis in the White House with a motley assortment of dissenting Catholics and others opposed to Catholic doctrine. Now, the Vatican is signaling that it isn’t happy.
Pope Francis is scheduled to meet Obama on the South Lawn of the White House next Wednesday, Sept. 23. Among those invited by Obama to meet Francis are Gene Robinson, the first gay Episcopal bishop in the U.S., Mateo Williamson, the transgender head of the LGBT Catholic group Dignity USA, and Sister Simone Campbell, a nun who lobbied for Obamacare’s passage despite the fact that it funds abortions and compels Catholic institutions to provide birth control for employees.
While the Vatican hasn’t publicly complained about the guest lineup, an anonymous Vatican official has told The Wall Street Journal they are not happy. According to the official, the Vatican fears Obama is attempting to lure Francis into a photo op where him being photographed next to these activists will be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities, and a repudiation of longstanding Catholic doctrine.
Overall, though, the Obama administration has been trying to emphasize the ways it agrees with the Vatican, rather than the social issues like abortion where they diverge sharply. Vice President Joe Biden (who is Catholic) says he’s read all of Francis’s recent encyclical on climate change, and Francis’s visit to a Philadelphia prison could bolster Obama’s own push for criminal justice reform.”
Meanwhile, the mainstream media is feasting on a so-called “blunder” by GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump who failed to correct a man at one of his campaign rallies who accused Barack Obama of being a closeted Muslim. In that exchange, Trump neither endorsed nor repudiated the claim, but instead quickly moved on.
For that horrific “blunder,” Trump has been called a racist and every other awful name that liberal pundits can concoct.
Once again the mind-boggling, insidious media bias against conservative values raises its ugly head.
To wit: Why is it OK for Barack Obama to harass the Pope with impunity from the media, but a moral outrage for Donald Trump to say nothing in response to an insensitive comment from an audience member at a public rally?
Posted by John W Lillpop at 7:47 AM
By John W Lillpop
Pope Francis has studiously crafted and nurtured a reputation as a deeply compassionate, caring man who willingly opens his heart and mind to the down trodden, abused, and powerless victims of injustice.
In that regard, it is reported that the Pope plans to speak strongly in advocacy for the tens of millions of foreign illegal aliens who violate US borders and immigration laws, take jobs that should be filled by Americans, and use welfare, health care, food stamps and other social benefits to which they are not entitled, and which cost US taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
The Pope reportedly even considered a symbolic walk across the US-Mexico to highlight the struggles of foreign aliens invading America. However, that “dog and pony show” is apparently no longer on the Pope’s itinerary, for reasons unknown.
With all of the grandstanding and political hoopla surrounding the Papal visit, one would expect that Pope Francis would be willing, even eager, to lend a sympathetic ear to the victims of oppression and human rights abuses at the hands of Cuba’s communist leaders, past and present.
After all, the Castro brothers are declared atheists and their abuses should be particularly offensive to a man of God like the Pope.
However, as reported at the reference, Pope Francis is apparently going to deliberately avoid meeting with Cuban dissidents.
“Pope Francis plans to meet with Cuba's president and its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. But not its dissidents.
The absence on Francis' agenda of any meeting with the political opposition has sparked bitter critiques from dissidents who say they feel let down by an institution they believe should help push for greater freedom in Cuba.
"He should exert more pressure," said Antonio Rodiles, head of the hard line group Estado de SATS. "In many cases political systems have come under international pressure that has resulted in change, and that's what needs to be happen with Cuba."
Papal observers say it's likely Francis will speak strongly to Cubans about the need for greater freedom in their country and may speak to President Raul Castro in private about the same topic. But in shying from meetings with dissidents, the pope is hewing largely to the Cuban Catholic Church's strategy of advocating for change within bounds laid out by the communist state rather than pushing the system to change as John Paul II did in Eastern Europe. There is no one Cuban officials consider more out of bounds than the country's dissidents, whom they call mercenaries paid by the U.S. government and Cuban-American interest groups in Miami.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said this week that Francis had not accepted any invitations to meet with dissidents, and well-known opposition members told The Associated Press they have received no invitation to see him.
Lombardi noted that a possible occasion for bringing up Cuban's human rights situation could be during Francis' private meeting with Raul Castro, or while the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, meets with his Cuban counterpart.
"Often, these types of problems are dealt with in conversations, not so much with public proclamations but in personal, direct or private discussions," Lombardi said. "The tradition of the Holy See's authority is to deal with them with a discretion that can often be more efficient than other, possibly more visible but less opportune ways."
The pope "will be well aware that his not meeting dissidents will be construed in some quarters as kowtowing to the regime but he won't care about that," said Austen Ivereigh, author of "The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope."
The big question: Why are the lives of Cuban dissidents living under atheist communists less important that foreign criminal invaders who violate US borders and immigration laws and actively steal from American citizens?
Posted by John W Lillpop at 9:39 AM
By John W Lillpop
Based on his public utterances about any number of issues, both spiritual and political, Pope Francis is generally regarded as very liberal in his thinking, a point that has American conservatives wary of his coming visit to the United States next week.
The concern is that the Pope will use his visit and overwhelming media attention to endorse progressive ideas and policies such as climate change, and/or to assist The One in cheer leading and praise on behalf of Barack Obama; two scenarios Republicans would prefer to avoid in the run up year to the 2016 presidential election.
To further complicate matters, Barack Obama plans to test the political verve of the Pope by inviting people who are decidedly opposed to Catholic teaching to participate in welcoming the Pontiff to the White House.
As reported at the reference:
President Obama will apparently test just how far Pope Francis’ notorious tolerance will go by inviting a rogue’s gallery of people opposed to Catholic teaching to greet the pontiff at the White House during his visit next week.
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.
One of the invitees, retired Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, made history by becoming the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003 and subsequently the first to divorce his gay partner in 2014, after having previously separated from his wife of 14 years. He has attended a number of religious events with the Obama administration, offering a prayer at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and taking part in the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast.
Mateo Williamson, a cross-dressing woman and former co-chairman of the Transgender Caucus for Dignity USA, has also received an invitation to the White House for Pope Francis’ visit. Williamson says that though she now thinks of herself as a man, she continues to be attracted to males. “Today I identify as a gay man and before that was difficult to understand because I thought that in order to be transgender, in order to be a transgender male that I had to be attracted to females but I never have throughout my entire life.”
Though Pope Francis has said that he doesn’t believe in judging persons and is ready to welcome anyone in Christ’s name, he has also said that Catholics do not accept the modern mentality of transgenderism and once said that gay marriage is the devil’s “attempt to destroy God’s plan.”
“The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift,” Francis wrote in his encyclical letter on the environment, “is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.”
Earlier this month, the Vatican officially prohibited transgender persons from being baptismal godparents posing as the opposite sex from which they were born.”
By selecting a pro-choice nun, a transgender woman, and a gay bishop to the Papal welcoming committee, Barack Obama has once again proven that his audacity is boundless!
The big question: Will the Pope be amused, or outraged, at the lack of presidential respect for Catholic teachings?
Posted by John W Lillpop at 4:54 AM