A transvestite, a pro-choice nun, a gay bishop, and the Pope all walk into the White House. Only this is no joke:
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.
And you thought Obama was raising the ultimate middle finger to the religious right when he ordered that the “people’s house” be flooded in rainbow colors on June 26 following the Supreme Court’s notorious same-sex marriage ruling.
Among those invited to join the president when he greets the Pope will be Gene Robinson, who made history by becoming the first openly gay episcopal bishop in 2003. Mateo Williamson, a co-chair of the Transgender Caucus for Dignity USA, has also received an invitation.
If Obama’s goal is to see how far he can push the envelope with a Pope who seems fairly liberal, he may already have his answer. While Francis has made it clear he is “open-minded” — during his visit he will say Mass only in Spanish and recently offered absolution to women who had abortions but now sought forgiveness — he also said that the Church does not accept the modern mentality of transgenderism and is on record acknowledging that gay marriage is the devil’s “attempt to destroy God’s plan.”