By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
Sept. 17, 2015
President Barrack Obama will soon be feting Pope Francis. He has gone out of his way to invite a cast of characters guaranteed to make the Pope blush.
Francis is not only the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, but he is also a head of state in his own right as the Bishop of Rome for the Vatican City-State.
Diplomatic protocol is described as following well-established and time-honored rules of courtesy based on principles of civility, making it easier for nations and people to live and work together.
Obama’s form of in-your-face diplomatic protocol includes trotting out every form of sexual deviant and parading them before Pope Francis. It’s enough to embarrass the gentle humble Pontiff.
The Pope was being compassionate with his comment concerning his priests, who are struggling with a homosexual orientation, when he commented, “Who am I to judge?” However, he stands pat on the Catholic Church’s firm doctrine and teaching on homosexual practice, pro-life, and traditional marriage issues, as well as an all-male priesthood.
CNS News describes some of the known invitees on the guest list as “several gay and transgender persons, a controversial nun, a radical preacher, and a gay Episcopal bishop.”
The gay Episcopal bishop is none other than Bishop Vicky Gene Robinson (IX New Hampshire-retired). As the first openly gay and partnered man to be consecrated a bishop in Christendom, he has almost single-handedly brought the Anglican Communion down to its knees as it teeters on the edge of implosion.
The referenced “several gay and transgender persons” include: Vivian Taylor, a transgendered “woman” who was executive director of Integrity-USA and involved with TransEpiscopal. Obama her/him to Pope Francis’ formal Sept. 23 televised White House Arrival Ceremony. S/he was told to bring five friends.
“I was told I could bring several friends with me,” Taylor said, noting that s/he was “glad we can bring some LGBT representation to the event.”
Taylor is looking forward to meeting the Pope, “I’m very happy to meet my brother in Christ, Pope Francis.”
The five representative LGBT friends Taylor invited are Nicole Santamaria, the Secretary of Asociacion Colectivo Alejandria an Hispanic LGBT advocacy group; Marcia Garber a member of Dignity-USA and the mother of a transgendered child; Mateo Williamson, a cross-dressing transgender Catholic and the former co-chairman of Transgender Caucus for Dignity-USA; the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, an LGBT advocate, liberal Episcopal theologian, the director of Mission & Reconciliation at General Theological Seminary and chaplain to the Episcopal House of Bishops (reports are that Canon Spellers will be unable to attend the Pope’s soiree because she didn’t RSVP in time); and the Rev. Cameron Partridge, a transgendered Episcopal priest who preached at the Washington National Cathedral.
Dignity-USA is the Catholic version of Integrity-USA. Both LGBT organizations are intent on forcing gay rights upon their respective denominations, regardless of doctrinal beliefs and practices. Integrity’s motto is “All the Sacraments for All the Baptized” and Dignity’s maxim is “Celebrating the Wholeness & Holiness of LGBTQ Catholics.”
Earlier this month, the Catholic Church put the skids on the transgendered becoming Godparents at baptism. The Vatican Doctrinal Congregation said “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.”
Other radicals invited to Obama’s religious hit parade include: Sr. Simone Campbell. The outspoken Roman Catholic religious sister is the executive director of NETWORK, a social justice lobby in Washington. As a strong advocate of ObamaCare, she was present when Obama signed the legislation into law. The Catholic Social Service Sister is also the leader behind Nuns on a Bus, a radical Catholic pressure group of nuns who travel on a touring bus to promote social justice.
Also invited to the White House welcoming ceremony is 23-year-old Aaron Ledesma, a gay Catholic who pens the blog called — appropriately enough — The Gay Catholic.
Gay, transgendered, and radical Episcopalians and Catholics are not the only Christians or other religious leaders invited to briefly hobnob with the Pope. The White House reached out to a wide variety of clergy and religious leaders including Obama’s spiritual confidant the Rev. Joel Hunter, an evangelical megachurch pastor from Florida; the Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, founder of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the largest US Latino Evangelical organization; and Imam Mohamed Magid, who leads the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and is past president of Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim organization in America.
Although Jewish leaders have been invited to the papal event, it is expected that none will take the White House up on the invitation since the Pope will be in town during Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holy Day of Atonement.
Obama frequently turns to radical liberal clergy for public prayer, with a strong showing from Episcopalians. In 2009 he tapped Bishop Robinson to kick off the weekend of inaugural festivities with an invocation at the Lincoln Memorial.
The pre-inaugural prayer service was held at the National Cathedral with Dean Samuel Lloyd, Bishop John Chane (VIII Washington), Canon Carol Wade, and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori participating.
Four years later when the 2013 National Cathedral interfaith prayer service was held, Bishop Marianne Budde (IX Washington), Dean Gary Hall, and the Presiding Bishop participated. Then the rector of historic St. John Episcopal on Lafayette Square, Luis León gave the inaugural benediction. He was the inaugural committee’s alternative choice because the first choice, Pastor Louie Giglio from Atlanta, was deemed too anti-gay. St. John’s-Lafayette Square is traditionally the location for an early inaugural morning private service.
Other inaugural participants who are scheduled to attend the Pope’s reception include Imam Magid and Pastor Anderson. The White House has not released a complete guest list.
Most recently, Obama spontaneously again tapped Bishop Robinson to give the closing prayer at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast.
The bishop tweeted: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG! #privilege.”
Last month Bishop Robinson tweeted his thanks to President Obama for another LGBT milestone. “In first, White House hires openly transgender staffer. Thank you POTUS…”
Obama is very gay-friendly and a champion of gay rights. There is also much speculation as to whether Obama is actually a Bible-believing Evangelical, a progressive Christian, or a closet Muslim. When the recent Supreme Court marriage equality ruling came down, making same-sex marriage the law of the land, he bathed the White House in Gay Pride rainbow colors in celebration of the earth-shattering event. Many God-fearing Christians were horrified at the spectacle. Chances are the President will not light up the White House in papal yellow and white to honor his diplomatic guest from the Vatican City-State.
Latest research shows that fewer than four percent of Americans identify themselves as being LGBT, while more than 70 percent of Americans consider themselves Christians. Of that number, more than 25 percent are Roman Catholics with Episcopalians and Anglicans making up about 1.5 percent of American Christians. The remaining almost 75 percent of the American Christian population is spread between the Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, Pentecostals, and other Christian believers — Amish … Quakers … Holiness … Reformed…
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a former Anglican priest who swam the Tiber and is now a Pastoral Provision Roman Catholic priest in South Carolina, pinioned on his blog Standing on my Head: “There will be thousands at this ‘audience’ with Pope Francis and it’s doubtful that Gene Robinson will be in the line up to meet Pope Francis personally, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him maneuvered into place for a photo with the Pope which will the mainstream media will then publish with the caption, ‘Pope Francis and Gay Bishop: Who Am I to Judge?'”
Mary Ann Mueller is a journalist living in Texas. She is a regular contributor to Virtue Online