Monday, September 21, 2015


At this one he included women and Muslims

So, the "least of these" doesn't include the gai?

Huckabee was upset over Obama inviting transgender activists and the first openly gay Episcopal bishop to the welcoming ceremony for the pope at the White House. The Vatican criticized the invitations and said that photographs of the pope and these individuals might suggest approval of their decisions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Can't get to the WSJ original, so I have to rely on TPM.  That said, this response could have come from flacks in Rome, not necessarily from His Holiness currently in Cuba.  Either way, it's an interesting response, especially in light of the Pharisees criticizing Jesus for hanging with whores and tax collectors (in 1st century Palestine, basically male whores).

I rather expect Pope Francis to be less upset than the home office or Pastor Huckabee.  And I really think both of them are so far-off base (Vatican and Huckabee, I mean), that they don't really matter.


  1. TPM is correct. Statements from "the Vatican" and "the Holy See" do not, in every instance, represent the mind of the pope but may well be the disgruntled opinions of one or more functionaries in the Vatican. Huckabee's campaign is not catching fire, and his expression of concern about insults to Catholics is the next opportunity to draw attention to himself as the champion in opposition to the "war on Christians", following his rush to Kentucky to support Kim Davis.

  2. Looks like the criticism from the "Vatican" was from one unnamed individual. Here's what a representative for the Vatican press office had to say:

    "But on Fox News on Sunday, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, who works in the Vatican’s press office, said, "If some Vatican officials unnamed have expressed concern, that's their issue and they should come forward and give their name.” He added, "There are 15,000 or so people invited to the White House and there are many pro-life people in that audience."

    Looks like Huckabee is on his own on this one…

  3. What was that thing Jesus said to the Pharisees? Something about tax collectors and prostitutes.

    I hope Pope Francis goes on for a number of years afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted, confounding the neo-cons and neo-athes alike.