Tuesday, I warned that Pope Francis may be walking into a White House trap of Obama’s making, namely a problematic guest list, accompanied by the usual photo ops.
Due to my outstanding humility, I cannot claim credit, but I am heartened to see the Vatican sees the trap very much as I do. From the WSJ (paywall):
On the eve of Pope Francis ’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.
According to a senior Vatican official, the Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.
Exactly. . . . And you heard it here first.
You can also read a longer quote from the article with some background here.
Of course, seeing a trap and not walking into it are not necessarily the same thing. Wednesday might be interesting.