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Obama Sends Delegation to Vatican Ceremony

By Drew MacKenzie   |   Friday, 25 Apr 2014 01:58 PM

White House Special Advisor John Podesta, the chairman of a progressive pro-abortion group, is leading the U.S. delegation for the dual papal canonizations in the Vatican.

The three-person American delegates to the Holy See for the sainthood mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on Sunday also includes staunchly pro-abortion Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra and White House aide Katie Beirne Fallon, who has led the fight to force employers to include contraceptive coverage in their healthcare packages.

Podesta, who served as White House chief of staff from 1998-2001, is the founder and current chairman of the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal pro-choice think tank.

The organization has opposed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and on its website CAP staff have highlighted their views against anti-abortion supporters.

Breitbart.com reported in December that a panel discussion sponsored by CAP concluded that Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for discriminatory behavior, particularly when it comes to abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Sally Steenland, director of CAP’s Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, said, "It sets up a false equation of 'my religious liberty versus same-sex marriage, reproductive rights' — as if those two are inherently opposed and you’ve got to choose one versus the other. And we know that’s not the case."

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Podesta, who started his White House job in January, has turned CAP into the Democrat Party's policy and politics center.

Over the centuries, including the tenures of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the Vatican has never changed its strong stance against abortion, artificial contraception and homosexual acts.

Becerra’s voting record shows that he’s a pro-abortion advocate and voted against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004.
The California Democrat, who is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, was given a top rating by the pro-abortion organization NARAL and was given a 100 percent grade by the Human Rights Campaign, an LBGT agenda organization.

According to a Vogue profile, Fallon has been leading the push to get support for the mandate in Obamacare that directs most employers to provide free contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees through health insurance plans.

For years, the Obama administration has been accused of promoting anti-Catholic policies for its positions on abortion and same-sex marriage.

The White House was also recently criticized for its plan to move the U.S. embassy to the Vatican into the Italian embassy in Rome. Five former ambassadors to the Holy See called the move "a slap in the face" to Catholics.

And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has suggested that Obama's shutdown of the embassy may be "retribution" against Catholics who oppose his signature healthcare law.

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