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White House Invites Transgender Activist, Gay Priest to Pope Francis Ceremony

PopeFrancisHolyWeekThe Vatican has expressed its displeasure that several of the guests invited to Pope Francis’ welcome ceremony in Washington D.C. appear to have been invited to express disapproval of Church teachings.

Among the problematic guests are Gene Robinson, an Episcopal bishop who married (and then divorced) another man, and transgender activist Mateo Williamson. The White House also invited Simone Campbell, an activist nun with a history of clashing with the Catholic hierarchy.

“According to a senior Vatican official, the Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities,” writes the Wall Street Journal‘s Francis X. Rocca.

Another Vatican official noted that the White House hadn’t bothered to invite any anti-abortion activists, despite the issue being a high priority for the Catholic Church and Pope Francis.

Ed Morrisey notes that, weirdly enough, the gay activists were not invited when the king of Saudi Arabia visited the White House last week.

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