President Barack Obama's guest list for Pope Francis' visit next week "should raise a lot of eyebrows" the Rev. Franklin Graham said on Facebook
Saturday, calling the resident's plans "disgraceful and obviously inappropriate."
"Is there no end to the lengths the president will go to in order to push his sinful agenda?" said Graham, who shared a link from The Wall Street Journal
about the president's plans.
"It’s wise of the Vatican to question President Obama’s guest list for the Pope’s visit next week," Graham said. The guests
are transgender activists Mateo Williamson and Vivian Taylor, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Bishop Gene Robinson and Sister Simone Campbell, an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.
has also slammed Obama for inviting the group to meet the pope, pointing out that "Some people are saying that this is perfectly Obama. He's got the Pope coming, and he wants to insult the Pope, put pressure on the Pope, and challenge the Pope."
Even The Washington Post
questioned Obama's guest list, pointing out that it shows that the White House is showing less respect for Pope Francis than foreign dictators.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted that "there will be 15,000 other people there too: at the White House's South Lawn on Wednesday.
The Vatican has said it is concerned that any photos of Pope Francis posing with the controversial guests could be misconstrued that he endorses their activities, which are against church doctrine.
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