John Podesta to Lead Obama's Delegation to Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
The White House has announced that John Podesta, President Obama’s current Counselor, will lead his delegation to the Holy See for the Mass of canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on April 27, 2014.
Podesta will head the delegation which will also include Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs.
Podesta is the founder and chairman of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank funded by wealthy liberal supporters such as George Soros, Peter B. Lewis, Steve Bing, and Herb and Marion Sandler. Podesta eventually turned CAP into the Democrat Party’s policy and politics center.
Podesta served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff from 1998 to 2001 and chaired Obama’s transition team in 2008, ensuring that approximately one-third of CAP staff became members of the Obama administration.
Barack Obama has actively campaigned for Planned Parenthood, even to the extent of asking God to bless the abortion industry giant at its annual gala last year.
As Breitbart News reported in December, a panel discussion sponsored by CAP came to the conclusion that Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for discriminatory behavior, particularly in the area of abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
Sally Steenland, director of CAP’s Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, said, “It sets up a false equation of ‘my religious liberty versus same-sex marriage, reproductive rights’--as if those two are inherently opposed and you’ve got to choose one versus the other. And we, as we’ll talk about later in the panel, know that’s not the case.”
Becerra is rated 100% by pro-abortion rights organization NARAL, and voted against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004. He is rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign, an LBGT agenda organization, for his pro-gay stance.
According to Vogue, Fallon was a leading strategist in the effort to gather political support for the HHS mandate, the rule in ObamaCare that requires most employers to provide free contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees through health insurance plans.
Fallon said in 2012 that she knew the Republicans would “overplay their hand” on birth control. As staff director of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, she told her boss at the time, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), “We shouldn’t overcomplicate things. We should just put out the simple message that the Republicans are trying to take away birth control.”
“The more we talked about it,” said Fallon, “the more the public turned against the Republican position. We saw how potent the women’s health issue is.”
Artificial contraception, abortion, and same-sex marriage are against the doctrines of the Catholic Church.
On April 11, Pope Francis told an audience, “We know human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”
While Pope Francis was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he referred to his country’s legalization of same-sex marriage as “a move of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
Then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio made reference to the Gospel of John, in which Jesus refers to Satan as “a liar and father of lies.”
"We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church," the pope said.