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Vatican offended by White House guest list inviting LGBT dissidents

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BY BARBARA BOLAND FOR THEWASHINGTONEXAMINER

The Vatican is offended by the Obama administration’s decision to invite an array of religious dissidents, including transgender activists and an openly gay Episcopal bishop, to greet Pope Francis on his visit to the United States.

A senior Vatican official told the Wall Street Journal that they are concerned photos taken of Pope Francis near the controversial guests “could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.”

When the Pope arrives at the White House Wednesday, some of his greeters will include “Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican bishop who’s now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think-tank with ties to the Democratic Party, and Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Catholic social justice lobby Network, and a leader of the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ advocacy tours,” reports the Associated Press.

Sister Campbell wrote a letter signed by over 60 heads of religious orders that urged Congress to pass Obamacare, even as U.S. bishops expressed concern that the bill would provide funds for abortion and contraception, in violation of Catholic teaching. Her support for the Affordable Care Act was recognized by Obama when he signed it into law.

Other guests of concern to the Vatican include Mateo Williamson, the former co-head of the Catholic LGBT organization Dignity USA, who is transgender, and Aaron Ledesma, an openly gay Catholic blogger.

“‘The presence of these figures is especially irritating,’ the Vatican official said, ‘because it isn’t yet clear.

The Vatican is offended by the Obama administration’s decision to invite an array of religious dissidents, including transgender activists and an openly gay Episcopal bishop, to greet Pope Francis on his visit to the United States.

A senior Vatican official told the Wall Street Journal that they are concerned photos taken of Pope Francis near the controversial guests “could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.”

American politicians have used photos with Pope Francis to advance their own agendas before. In July, Bolivian President Evo Morales draped the Pope with a hammer and sickle medallion and handed him a “Communist crucifix.”

In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, Bolivian President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, in La Paz, Bolivia. The crucifix is a replica, originally designed by Jesuit activist Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 by suspected paramilitaries during the months that preceded a military coup. Even though the Vatican was not expecting the unusual gift, it is seeking to explain the "Communist crucifix" given to Francis, saying it's a symbol of dialogue and not an offensive melding of faith and ideology. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, Bolivian President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, in La Paz, Bolivia. The crucifix is a replica, originally designed by Jesuit activist Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 by suspected paramilitaries during the months that preceded a military coup. Even though the Vatican was not expecting the unusual gift, it is seeking to explain the “Communist crucifix” given to Francis, saying it’s a symbol of dialogue and not an offensive melding of faith and ideology. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

And in August, Argentine president Cristina Kirchner tweeted a photo of the Pope holding a sign handed to him at a general audience that read in Spanish: “It’s time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom on the Falklands.” In both instances, the Vatican stressed that the Pope did not endorse these agendas, but their occurrence underlines the Vatican’s agita over the White House guest list.

The White House could not be reached for response on the Vatican’s reaction to the guest list.

However, on Thursday White House press secretary Josh Earnest said while he did not know all the names on the guest list, reporters shouldn’t jump to conclusions because “there will be 15,000 other people there too.”

The White House hopes to downplay its disagreement with the Catholic Church on life issues during the Pope’s visit, but the Vatican official’s comments come the day the U.S. House voted to suspend funding of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

The Vatican has not responded to a Washington Examiner request for comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antisemitism, Antizionism, Jihadism and the Reunited Germany. News by Fred Alan Medforth

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The Vatican is Always Against Israel

By Giulio Meotti

In a time when anti-Semitism is reaching its peak, again, in Europe, and the forces of Islam are trying to eradicate the world of Christianity and Judaism, the Vatican,which has a profound influence on more than one billion Christians around the world,choose to sell the Jews, again, to their own persecutors.
This is the meaning of Catholic Church’s recognition of the “State of Palestine”, which is a totalitarian project aiming to destroy the Jewishness of the State of Israel and to expel(or kill) 600,000 Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria.
But we should not be surprised. In every moment of crisis, the Vatican has sided with Israel’s enemies.
Gulf War, 1991. When Iraqi scuds are fired against Israel, the Pope condemns attacks against “civilians”, without even mentioning the Israeli people.
2000, a few months before the beginning of the Second Intifada: Pope John Paul visits Damascus. Bashar el Assad proclaims that just as Jews murdered Jesus, Israel is torturing Palestine. The Vatican stands silent, de facto justifying the horrible anti-Semitism emanating from the Syrian regime.
April 2002. The Palestinian Arab terrorists enter Bethlehem and the Nativity Church. The Catholic authorities become the world wide leaders of an unprecedented campaign of verbal assault against Israel. The Vatican, from the Catholic NGOs to Pope John Paul II to the official daily L’Osservatore Romano, sanction the terrorists’ right to use the church as a shelter, turning Israel into the aggressor.
2004: Pope John Paul condemns the security fence in the “West Bank” saying “the Holy Land doesn’t need walls, but bridges”.
July 2005. Pope Benedict XVI condemns a litany of terrorist atrocities worldwide, avoiding mentioning the 57 Israelis killed in that year of the Second Intifada.
2006, war in Lebanon. The Vatican rallies against Israel’s response to terror acts, without addressing the latest. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican’s foreign minister, slams “the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation…”.
2007: a delegation of German bishops visit Israel and territories, they compare Ramallah to the Warsaw Ghetto and the security fence to the Berlin Wall.
2009, Operation Cast Lead: Pope Benedict condemns the “massive violence” in Gaza only after Israel bombs the terrorists’ installations, not before that, when thousands of rockets were fired against Israeli civilians. Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican Council for Justice, calls Gaza “a concentration camp”.
2009: Pope Benedict in Jerusalem participates in an interreligious meeting. Sheik Tamimi, the Palestinian highest cleric, accused Israel of “murdering children”. The Pope stands silent.
2009: the Vatican refuses to boycott the Durban II conference in Geneve, used by Iran’s Ahmadinejad to attack the Jewish people.
October 2010, the Vatican synod of the Middle East bishops in Rome: the Catholic clerics proclaims that there is no “promised land” nor “chosen people”.
May 2014: Pope Francis is pictured praying at Israel’s security barrier beneath a graffiti that compares Palestinian Arabs with Jews under the Nazis.
It is a new chapter of an old story.
Would you like to talk about Pope Gregory VII’s prohibiting the Jews from holding office in Europe (1073)?
Would you like to talk about the first Crusade in Germany which resulted in the killing of 12,000 Jews along the Rhine River (1096)?
Would you like to talk about the Fourth Lateran Council which introduced the idea that European Jews wear badges (1215)?
Would you like to talk about King Louis IX’s who demanded all Jews be baptized, and burned 24 cartloads of Talmud in Paris with the approval of Pope Gregory IX (1226-1274)?
Would you like to talk about the Spanish Inquisition which, under direction of the Roman Catholic Church, perpetrated against Jews torture, heavy fines, confiscation of property, banishment, and death (1483-1492)?
After WWII, theologians and philosophers were forced to face the fact that the Holocaust occurred in the heart of Christian Europe, and that Christianity had, at the very least, helped create the environment in which this massacre could take place. The historical challenge was to learn how this had happened. By embracing, without any shame, the “State of Palestine”, the Catholic Church shows not only that it didn’t learn the lesson, but also that has no regret for its mistakes.
To teach, as the Vatican did about the Jews, that a people’s mission in God’s providence is finished, that they have been relegated to the limbo of history, has murderous implications which murderers do in time spell out.
Today, exactly as during the Holocaust period, there are only two possible reactions: being concerned and resisting, or being complacent and collaborating.
The Vatican has made its choice.

Allah's Willing Executioners

Antisemitism, Antizionism, Jihadism and the Reunited Germany. News by Fred Alan Medforth
germany

The Vatican is Always Against Israel

By Giulio Meotti

In a time when anti-Semitism is reaching its peak, again, in Europe, and the forces of Islam are trying to eradicate the world of Christianity and Judaism, the Vatican,which has a profound influence on more than one billion Christians around the world,choose to sell the Jews, again, to their own persecutors.
This is the meaning of Catholic Church’s recognition of the “State of Palestine”, which is a totalitarian project aiming to destroy the Jewishness of the State of Israel and to expel(or kill) 600,000 Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria.
But we should not be surprised. In every moment of crisis, the Vatican has sided with Israel’s enemies.
Gulf War, 1991. When Iraqi scuds are fired against Israel, the Pope condemns attacks against “civilians”, without even mentioning the Israeli people.
2000, a few months before the beginning of the Second Intifada: Pope John Paul visits Damascus. Bashar el Assad proclaims that just as Jews murdered Jesus, Israel is torturing Palestine. The Vatican stands silent, de facto justifying the horrible anti-Semitism emanating from the Syrian regime.
April 2002. The Palestinian Arab terrorists enter Bethlehem and the Nativity Church. The Catholic authorities become the world wide leaders of an unprecedented campaign of verbal assault against Israel. The Vatican, from the Catholic NGOs to Pope John Paul II to the official daily L’Osservatore Romano, sanction the terrorists’ right to use the church as a shelter, turning Israel into the aggressor.
2004: Pope John Paul condemns the security fence in the “West Bank” saying “the Holy Land doesn’t need walls, but bridges”.
July 2005. Pope Benedict XVI condemns a litany of terrorist atrocities worldwide, avoiding mentioning the 57 Israelis killed in that year of the Second Intifada.
2006, war in Lebanon. The Vatican rallies against Israel’s response to terror acts, without addressing the latest. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican’s foreign minister, slams “the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation…”.
2007: a delegation of German bishops visit Israel and territories, they compare Ramallah to the Warsaw Ghetto and the security fence to the Berlin Wall.
2009, Operation Cast Lead: Pope Benedict condemns the “massive violence” in Gaza only after Israel bombs the terrorists’ installations, not before that, when thousands of rockets were fired against Israeli civilians. Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican Council for Justice, calls Gaza “a concentration camp”.
2009: Pope Benedict in Jerusalem participates in an interreligious meeting. Sheik Tamimi, the Palestinian highest cleric, accused Israel of “murdering children”. The Pope stands silent.
2009: the Vatican refuses to boycott the Durban II conference in Geneve, used by Iran’s Ahmadinejad to attack the Jewish people.
October 2010, the Vatican synod of the Middle East bishops in Rome: the Catholic clerics proclaims that there is no “promised land” nor “chosen people”.
May 2014: Pope Francis is pictured praying at Israel’s security barrier beneath a graffiti that compares Palestinian Arabs with Jews under the Nazis.
It is a new chapter of an old story.
Would you like to talk about Pope Gregory VII’s prohibiting the Jews from holding office in Europe (1073)?
Would you like to talk about the first Crusade in Germany which resulted in the killing of 12,000 Jews along the Rhine River (1096)?
Would you like to talk about the Fourth Lateran Council which introduced the idea that European Jews wear badges (1215)?
Would you like to talk about King Louis IX’s who demanded all Jews be baptized, and burned 24 cartloads of Talmud in Paris with the approval of Pope Gregory IX (1226-1274)?
Would you like to talk about the Spanish Inquisition which, under direction of the Roman Catholic Church, perpetrated against Jews torture, heavy fines, confiscation of property, banishment, and death (1483-1492)?
After WWII, theologians and philosophers were forced to face the fact that the Holocaust occurred in the heart of Christian Europe, and that Christianity had, at the very least, helped create the environment in which this massacre could take place. The historical challenge was to learn how this had happened. By embracing, without any shame, the “State of Palestine”, the Catholic Church shows not only that it didn’t learn the lesson, but also that has no regret for its mistakes.
To teach, as the Vatican did about the Jews, that a people’s mission in God’s providence is finished, that they have been relegated to the limbo of history, has murderous implications which murderers do in time spell out.
Today, exactly as during the Holocaust period, there are only two possible reactions: being concerned and resisting, or being complacent and collaborating.
The Vatican has made its choice.