Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 22, but a few days earlier the Vatican reportedly expressed some concerns about LGBT people who were invited by the White House to take part in a welcome ceremony for the Pope.
An unidentified senior Vatican official told the Wall Street Journal there was concern the Pope might have pictures taken with LGBT people and those pictures would somehow appear to be an endorsement of immoral activities.
The guests are expected to include: Sister Simone Campbell, of a “Catholic social justice lobby” called Network, Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop, Mateo Williamson, who used to co-lead the transgender caucus of Dignity USA and Vivian Taylor, the former executive director of the pro-LGTB group Integrity USA.
However, Rev. Franklin Graham was outraged by these guests and wrote on Facebook: "It’s wise of the Vatican to question President Obama’s guest list for the Pope’s visit next week—that list should raise a lot of eyebrows!"
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"The Wall Street Journal says those invited to the Pope’s welcome celebration include transgender activists, the first openly gay U.S. Episcopal bishop, and an activist nun whose organization supports abortion. This is disgraceful and obviously inappropriate. Is there no end to the lengths the president will go to in order to push his sinful agenda?" added Graham.
However, in Jan., the Pope met with a transgender man in Plasencia, Spain, reported CNN.
In March, the Pope met with gay and transgender prison inmates in a Naples, Italy, noted the Religious News Service.