Pope Francis is visiting the United States this month. He'll be speaking to a joint session of Congress, and I understand there is a dinner party or some sort of nighttime event, at the White House.
Every politician gets to invite one guests. I know this, because one of the US Representatives invited a priest friend of mine name Arnold. I imagine most of the politicians are bringing their spouses.
Unfortunately, some people want to make a political statement about the Catholic Church, so they have invited guests that work against the Vatican. For example, California senator Barbara Boxer is bringing the leader of the pro-abortion/pro-euthanasia Catholic nuns group. There will also be several leaders from gay rights groups, which either broke off from the Catholic Church or received censures.
I think this sends a bad message, on the part of our politicians. They're going out of their way, to promote dissident Catholics in front of the Pope. I suppose some people might have good intentions for this, but overall, it feels like a slap to the face. It's like inviting Donald Trump to a dinner with Hilary Clinton. It's rude, disrespectful, and an obvious grab for attention.
If you want to make a statement that you disagree with the Catholic Church's views, then don't attend the party! Simple as that.
Note: After I wrote this blog, someone took my advice! A congressman decided not to attend Pope Francis' speech to Congress, on the grounds that Francis will probably talk about climate change. I think that's a tad silly, since no one knows for sure what the Pope is going to talk about, but that's a much more polite way to protest.