Following up on yesterday’s article, did Bernie Sanders invite himself to the Vatican?
Sanders’s Vatican Invitation Sparks Accusation of ‘Discourtesy’
The president of the academy said Friday that Sanders didn’t follow proper protocol — he failed to contact her office — and that his presence threatens to make the event political. The academy’s chancellor said he arranged the invitation and defended the Vermont senator.
The office of the pope moved to distance the pontiff from the visit. Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman, said Sanders had been invited “not by the pope but by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.” Lombardi told the Italian news agency Ansa: “For the moment there is no expectation that there will also be a meeting with the pope.”
Bernie will be at the Vatican on tax day, April 15.