Obama to Test Pope's "Progressive" Verve!

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?