"The Democratic Party is refusing to invite the highest ranking Catholic official to its national convention that begins next week. Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is the leader of the largest religious denomination in Colorado but he won't take part in the convention.
...Chaput isn't getting an invitation -- and it likely stems from his comments saying faithful Catholics should obey the Church's pro-life teachings and not support candidates, like Obama, who support abortion."
From Belief Net:
"Advance applause goes to the Democratic National Convention Committee for its decision to include Sister Helen Prejean author of Dead Man Walking in the historic interfaith service opening the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver on August 24th."
A socially liberal, high-profile Catholic gets invited to hold a prayer service and be photographed; a dogmatically conservative, high-profile Catholic can't get in the door.
It is very forward looking to not invite Archbishop Chaput considering he is on the fast-track to becoming a Cardinal, a prince of the Church, and his influence will only grow. I guess them Dem's didn't consult Obama's Catholic Advisory Council. Oh wait, he dissolved that farce.
Sr. Helen Prejean should respectfully turn down her invitation for the disrespecting of the Archbishop, and for many other reasons.