Vatican Did Not Invite “The Bern”

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I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy,” Sanders said in the release.

“Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.”
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday morning, Sanders praised the pope when he was asked about the invitation.
That was as of the 8th.
Big update as of yesterday and today, though:

But the invitation was actually made by Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the pontifical academy, an autonomous institution that receives some funding from the Holy See but is not officially part of it.

In a March 30 letter inviting Sanders to the event, Sánchez Sorondo wrote, “On behalf of the President, Professor Margaret Archer, the Organizers, and as Chancellor, I am very happy to invite you to attend the meeting on ‘Centesimus Annus: 25 Years Later.’ The meeting, which is humanitarian in its objects, will be held at the Casina Pio IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, from 15 to 16 April 2016.”

But Archer, an English academic, appears not to have known about the invitation. On Friday, she accused Sanders of “monumental discourtesy” for not contacting her, telling Bloomberg that he was the one who had made the first move regarding the meeting — and “for obvious reasons.”

“I think in a sense he may be going for the Catholic vote, but this is not the Catholic vote and he should remember that and act accordingly — not that he will,” Archer said. Sanders’ use of the meeting is “clearly a pretext,” she added. “There are just 20 academics and there will be nothing of policy relevance.”

It was not clear why Archer’s account differed from Sánchez Sorondo’s letter, and requests for comment to her office were not returned.

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  1. Factions that never tire of stirring the pot to their taste. MSM of course eats this up full measure and spews it without shame.
    Half truths are their idea of fair and balanced journalism. Poor research or agenda bias?
    The ( request for comment from her office not being returned ) is not surprising. Unaware of meeting or C.Y.A.? Who knows?

    Thanks Foxfier.

  2. I managed to totally miss the to-do on the 8th, and I had a heck of a time finding a story that hadn’t been “fixed” so it had a brand new as of the 12th article.


    Archer was appointed by PF in 2014.
    After reading the above story Archer seems to dance to a different drummer than be in alignment with Catholic teaching.
    Seeking first to understand is crucial and I won’t attack when I haven’t fully seeked to understand, but the stories not jibbing between her and Sorondo makes for an embarrassing lack of communication or another liberal victory by association.

    Regardless of intent, it smells bad.

    St. Pope John Paul II, pray for us.

  4. I made the mistake of reading some of Ms. Archer’s “scientific” work. She is a lefty social scientist who writes incomprehensible gibberish. She, of course, is of the opinion that global warming is responsible for increasing human trafficking. It is hard to figure out here why she is so indignant about an invite from her fellow traveler, Bishop Sorondo, other than the fact she is unbelievably thin skinned and the invite needed to come from her. That the Pope has surrounded himself with Leftists is old news, but corrupting science too?The Left is not content until it controls(ruins) every facet of life. However, it will eventually turn on itself, as this episode shows.

  5. Thanks for the update. I had originally believed that Pope Francis did invite that commie pinko geriatric. It is good to learn that that is not the case. However, it will not surprise me to see in the near future a photograph of the two men embracing.

  6. It’s the “Academy of Social Sciences.” Of course it’s pseudo-scientific fad based junk.
    Just because she believes a ton of falsehoods doesn’t mean she’s cool with being used by someone who supports infanticide, homosexual privilege and mutilating confused people.

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