Ex_Mil8 saidMany people might feel uncomfortable at the prospect of attending a Vatican reception and being surrounded almost exclusively by catholic bishops and cardinals. If you choose to accept an invitation to someone's "house", you must be prepared to take the other guests as you find them. Provided they don't start lobbing the canapes at you, what's the problem?
The difference is is that the reception is being hosted by the White House specifically for the pope's visit to the US with the pope as the guest of honor. It would just as improper and a slap in the face for the pope to decline the invitation as much as it is for the WH to turn it into an opportunity to make a political statement. Now, if this was a reception for Planned Parenthood, the pope would be well within his right to politely decline the invitation.
Surely the White House guest list ought to be a reflection of the US as, among other things, a progressive and inclusive Western liberal democracy. - "This is our country and these are its people." Especially so, when the influential head of a somewhat bigoted religious organisation is the guest of honour.
If the Vatican doesn't like it, tough.
Hahahahaha. Nice try. As if the guest list of any WH reception is a reflection of the US. The US is rife with the unemployed, mental cases, drug addicts homeless, etc. who are living on the streets of cities across the US. I doubt a single one will get an invite to the WH as an example of "this is our country, and these are our people."
In fact, people would be outraged if the Vatican hosted a reception for Obama and flew over hundreds of American homeless drug addicts, mental patients, and other marginalized members of American society to attend the banquet. And demonstrate to the world how the US treats the least of its brothers.
They would say it was a slap in the face of the president and the American people. Although, that is exactly what Jesus would do. After all "Isn't the Pope "the earthly representative of Christ"?"