Pope Facing Insult On USA Trip

Pope Facing Insult On USA Trip

PopeFrancispensivecroppedPresident 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.

The White House was illuminated in gay pride colors on June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court legalized gay same-sex marriage.

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.

In its response, the Vatican Doctrinal Congregation said that “transsexual behavior publicly reveals an attitude contrary to the moral imperative of resolving the problem of one’s sexual identity according to the truth of one’s sexuality.”

Another White House invitee for the Pope’s visit, Sister Simone Campbell, is the pro-abortion executive director of the social justice lobby NETWORK. Campbell fought against the U.S. bishops when Obama’s Affordable Care Act was originally being debated, in an attempt to undermine their abortion and conscience concerns.

Sister Campbell will attend two events: the White House reception and Pope Francis’ address to Congress on Wednesday. Campbell famously helped organize the “Nuns on the Bus” a tour by Catholic religious women to protest the budget of then-Senator Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

An intermediary for several of the invitations to greet the Pope was Vivian Taylor, a 30-year-old male transvestite who acted as Executive Director of Integrity USA, a homosexual and transgender activist wing of the Episcopal Church, until last March.

“A few months ago I received an invitation from the White House to attend the reception for Pope Francis,” Taylor told CNS News. “I was told I could bring several friends with me,” adding that he is “glad we can bring some LGBT representation to the event.”  Source


What, you got fifteen wives? You into polygamy, man? What the heck. Yeah, sure, come along and meet ole Papa Francis. He’s cool.
Anything goes. Anything except those fundamentalist types, you know, the ones who think he ought to cancel his trip here because of all the “free thinkers” we’ve invited to meet him.  What’s that? Your friend who signed up with the Ashley Madison site to arrange an adulterous affair? No problem. Bring him, as well. It’s gonna be a Grand Ole Party! Er… so to speak!


If someone set me up like that, I’d cancel in a heartbeat. Should the Pope cancel his forthcoming visit to the USA and throw in his opinion (or rather, my opinion of Obama) for good measure?  I mean, would YOU trust this man to sell you a used car?    So, what do you think – should the Vatican cancel this trip to the USA?   Or should the Pope take advantage of the guest list to proclaim Catholic teaching loud and clear? Well, we’d probably all agree that he should, but will he? Or, is he likely to say:  “Well… who am I to judge?”

Comments (79)

  • Summa

    I think, our Pope’s honeymoon period, with the secular press, is over.

    September 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm
    • editor


      I’d be interested to know why you think that? I can only see adulation everywhere.

      The “liberals” certainly love him to bits, still. Here’s a glowing report on his address to the US bishops – even the feminists are not over-critical of the fact that it was an all-male event…

      September 25, 2015 at 8:50 am
      • gabriel syme


        I think Summa is right – check these articles out:

        Washington Post: “Pope Francis’ fact-free flamboyance”


        Weekly Standard: “Pope Francis: Menace or Farce?”


        To some extent they are a refreshing reality check against the fluff-Catholicism currently on tour in the USA.

        September 25, 2015 at 9:13 am
      • gabriel syme

        Some additional secular news articles bucking the trend on reporting of Francis:

        Fox News: “False prophet? Why Pope Francis has disappointed many Roman Catholics


        US news: “Pope Francis Just Echoed Obama’s ‘Offensive’ Prayer Breakfast Remarks”


        The Federalist: “Che Guevara’s Pope”


        (these 3 shamelessly pinched from Rorate, which also notes criticism from Lifesite News and Catholic sources).

        September 25, 2015 at 8:59 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme

        So far, I’ve only read the Fox News article “False Prophet…” which is very good. It’s actually good that there is growing awareness of the “Francis Effect” – and the problems therein!

        September 25, 2015 at 11:33 pm
      • Summa

        Hi Ed. Gabriel got in before me. There are more and more questions being asked about his liberalism, his moral vacuity, his blinkered silences on pressing issues. More than anywhere else, the US has a large conservative population that are sensitive to these matters.

        It is from the US that the questions are now being asked.

        September 25, 2015 at 12:50 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme & Summa,

        Thank you for those posts – I’m looking forward to studying the links later but glad to note that not everyone is on their knees before Pope Francis – we should all be on our knees FOR Pope Francis, of course, but that’s a bit different!

        September 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm
      • Summa

        Also in the mainstream The Australian newspaper we have questions about the Pope being asked, especially around his politics and climate views. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/pope-francis-says-hes-no-leftie-but-he-isnt-right-either/story-e6frg6n6-1227544307941

        Pope Francis says he’s no leftie but he isn’t right, either
        THE AUSTRALIAN SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 12:00AM

        Questioned about his political and economic philosophy by reporters travelling with him from Cuba to Washington, DC, this week, Pope Francis said:

        Some people might say some things sounded slightly more leftish, but that would be a mistake of interpretation.

        The Greens and other opponents of markets can rest assured, however, that the Pope shares at least some of their ideas. Speech in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in July:

        Time, my brothers and sisters, seems to be running out; we are not yet tearing one another apart, but we are tearing apart our common home. Today,

        the scientific community realises what the poor have long told us: harm, perhaps irreversible harm, is being done to the ecosystem. The earth, entire peoples and individual persons are being brutally punished. And behind all this pain, death and destruction there is the stench of what Basil of Caesarea called “the dung of the devil”. An unfettered pursuit of money rules.

        Perhaps the CFMEU should take note. Structural economic change, he said in Bolivia, was ­needed to fight “the new colonialism’’, ­including some free-trade treaties:

        The new colonialism takes on different faces. At times it appears as the anonymous influence of Mammon — corporations, loan agencies, certain “free-trade” treaties, and the imposition of measures of austerity which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor.

        Those left behind by the market were:

        Exploited like slaves.

        But the transition of some of the world’s largest nations such as China, India and Brazil from acute poverty towards prosperity has not impressed, judging by Francis’s first encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), in late 2013:

        Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralised workings of the prevailing economic system. We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy.

        Francis also has embraced the most catastrophic warnings about the impact of climate change on “mother Earth”. His second encyclical, Laudato Si (Praise Be to You), argues:

        Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth … The time has come to accept decreased growth in some parts of the world in order to provide resources for other places to experience healthy growth.

        Big government programs and enforceable international climate treaties could help:

        Enforceable international agreements are urgently needed, since local authorities are not always capable of effective intervention … Global regulatory norms are needed to impose obligations and prevent unacceptable actions.

        The same approach, he suggested. should be applied to tackling poverty and combating the transnational financial and economic sectors:

        It is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organised international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions.

        Truth will out. In a long interview, Francis told America Magazine in 2013:

        I have never been a right-winger.

        September 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Editor and Summa,

        This evening by chance I stumbled (via a Catholic blog) onto another two US articles expressing concern over Francis. One of them is by Lord Monckton, who I believe was formerly involved with UKIP in Scotland (?).

        though the pope’s U.N. speech quoted himself at least five times and previous popes once or twice, there was not a single quotation from the Bible, and neither God the Father nor Jesus Christ nor the Holy Spirit nor the divine nor any saint made it into the text.


        The Catholic Church has strong positions on homosexuality, on marriage, on abortion and on contraception. None of that has changed, but since Vatican Two, the interpretation by bishops and priests has softened the view of the day-to-day Church.

        The result has been that the American Church, especially, has become fragmented.


        September 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm
      • Summa

        Yes, truly inconceivable if it wasn’t before one’s eyes.
        Talking about UKIP, I obtained a signed copy by the author, Hugh Williams, of his history book every traditional catholic should own http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10257603/Senior-Ukip-figure-writes-non-PC-world-history.html
        Refreshing bitesize articles unencumbered by PC. You only need to look at the Vatican II reference to know this is the book for you.

        September 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm
      • editor


        Hugh Williams contacted us by email to ask if we would review his history book – Peter has written a short review for us, published in the October edition of our newsletter, about to go online and in the post. Sounds very good.

        September 29, 2015 at 12:54 am
  • Kevin

    If your reporting is true, then it is a good thing for mankind. It will be just as Jesus dined and congregated with sinners, so shall Pope Francis have the opportunity to model and preach God’s Gospel of mercy and forgiveness. If just one of these lost and confused souls is saved or repents then what does it matter that the Liberals plucked our beard or spat upon us. We are the one true Church, the universal Church and our message is most closely associated with God’s teachings, Natural Law and treating and supporting all men and women equally.

    September 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm
    • editor

      Kevin, if what YOU suggest is true then we’d all be delighted, but, based on past evidence – from right at the beginning of this pontificate – Pope Francis is more inclined to affirm sinners in their lifestyles than to correct them. I know that he sometimes makes public statements that are orthodox, but when speaking to individuals and small groups personally, his “pastoral” care leaves plenty to be desired. Memories of his lunch with a group of Evangelical Protestants whom he assured had no need to convert to Catholicism springs to mind. If he’s met the Samaritan woman at the well, he’d have been more concerned that she had been left to carry the water buckets than the fact that she was living in adultery. And I can’t see Pope Francis calling anyone a “whited sepulchre” – can you?

      Since I don’t know what you mean about “treating and supporting all men and women equally”, I’ll pass on that one, in case you mean that women should have the same jobs, careers, vocations (to priesthood) as men in which case I say – no, thanks. If I’m ever in need of a strong pair of arms to carry me away from physical danger, send a guy. Immediately. No need to check out his bank balance – I’ll do that later 😀

      September 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Fr Z reports that seminarians and novice religious were each issued with special copies of Cardinal Sarah’s new book, “God or Nothing”, at the mass with Pope Francis in Washington. The books were inscribed with a special greeting from the Apostolic Nuncio.


    From the book:

    The idea of putting Magisterial teaching in a beautiful display case while separating it from pastoral practice, which then could evolve along with circumstances, fashions, and passions, is a sort of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. I therefore solemnly state that the Church in Africa is staunchly opposed to any rebellion against the teaching of Jesus and of the Magisterium. The Church of Africa is committed in the name of the Lord Jesus to keeping unchanged the teaching of God and of the Church.”
    Robert Cardinal Sarah


    I hope this is a sign we can take confidence from, regarding the forthcoming synod.

    (N.B. Cardinal Sarah has had a hand in the “ten Africans” book too, which is also a contribution to the family synod).

    September 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  • editor


    An advance notice to alert you to the fact that I will be posting a “Synod Special” thread soon to discuss up to date news about the forthcoming synod, so you may wish to hold fire with articles and reports on that until I get round to posting the new thread – possibly tomorrow, at some point. Not a hard and fast rule, just saying! It’s perfectly permissible to re-post something, so if there is something you just have to share, go ahead.

    September 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm
  • waterside4


    Whilst beheadings are de jure
    In the moslem middle East,
    Our Pontiff is fixated –
    – He forgets he is a Priest
    When ancient Christian culture
    Is trammeled by pagans swarming,
    He consorts with the ‘great satan’
    Endorsing global warming.

    Baby body parts for sale
    “Lets have the highest bidder”
    A priority perhaps
    For Francis to consider;
    But no – he is fixated
    With crooks who fiddle data
    Non existent temperatures
    Which have his imprimatur.

    He has not a word to say
    Of the chaos in the Church,
    With homosexual unions
    Which Old Ireland’s name besmirch;
    Lets revert to ancient Rome
    The machinating Senate,
    Stab old faithfuls in the back
    Hoist truth upon a gibbet.

    So does the old faith matter
    In the nuevo feeley isles,
    All this time we had it wrong
    With our fathers fruitless trials;
    They should have all submit
    To the heathens of the day,
    Then Luther and Mohammed
    We would not to have gainsay.

    Patrick Healy.

    September 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm
    • editor


      Great poem! Patrick Healy clearly has his finger on the pulse – just about everything is covered in there!

      September 25, 2015 at 11:06 pm
  • crofterlady

    Pope’s Mass for families…


    September 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm
  • morgana

    Having just watched the news on BBC I wondered if anyone else noticed the nun rocking along to sister sledge and she was elderly and unbelievably this was the popes last mass.

    September 27, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • morgana

    My mistake it was at the family festival where he was entertained by said singers I just picked it up wrong from the way they reported it still no place for a nun.

    September 27, 2015 at 10:54 pm
  • Athanasius


    I watched the TV clips of that performance in front of the Pope. Emotional claptrap that the Pontiff has no business endorsing with his presence.

    As for his Mass. Did you see the woman in the goonie leading the singing of the Kyrie from the Sanctuary? It was spine chilling stuff. Pope Francis just continues to humiliate the Church, God have mercy on him.

    September 27, 2015 at 11:14 pm
  • morgana

    Yes I thought she was quite literally going to take off with her uplifted swaying arms to the most horrendous music for the kyrie.To use the popes own words although he was referring to the abuse victims indeed GOD DOES WEEP.

    September 27, 2015 at 11:30 pm
    • Athanasius


      I couldn’t help but notice the orchestral accompaniment to the Mass, a secular manifestation that St. Pius X vigorously strove to rid the Church of during his Pontificate. And I noticed again the scandalous distribution of Holy Communion into the hands of thousands during the Mass. That means millions of sacred particles, each one the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord, trampled under foot at the Papal Mass today without any apparent concern on the part of the Pope, prelates, priests or faithful. This tragic reality highlights perfectly the superficiality of the post conciliar Reformation.

      September 27, 2015 at 11:52 pm
      • editor


        I can’t help wondering how many priests actually believe in the Real Presence in every particle – I know of one (ex-Seminary Rector, Scotus) who said to A.N. Other “you don’t really believe that, do you?” (words to that effect, I think that’s verbatim or almost.)

        So, “tragic reality” is spot on. Truly tragic.

        September 28, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • editor

    the latest corker – Pope meets “secretly” with Kim Davis (who hit the headlines in the USA for her opposition to same-sex “marriage”) while he meets openly with every atheist, transgender, Evangelical, you-name-it in the phone directory. Yet this “secret” meeting is reported in the most positive light. Why didn’t he openly praise her and tell all those battling against these evil laws to “stay strong”? Answers on a postcard please. Or, easier still, the postcard stamp.

    Gimme strength.

    September 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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