When Pope Francis steps foot in the White House, reports say he’ll be greeted not only by the president, but by people who live contrary to Catholic teaching. “In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds,” says Speaker of the House John Boehner. “His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another. We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people.”
Breitbart News reports the pope’s welcoming reception will include Gene Robinson, Mateo Williamson and Vivian Taylor.
Robinson was the first openly gay bishop in the U.S. Episcopal church. He divorced his partner of 11 years in 2003. Williamson identifies as transgender and has been part of a documentary called Owning Our Faith about LGBT Catholics. Meanwhile, Taylor is the director of Integrity USA, which promotes the inclusion of LGBTQ lifestyles in the Episcopal church.