Vatican Critical of Embassy Move in Israel

Crux, John L. Allen, Jr.: Among several controversial aspects of Monday’s transfer of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was the presence at the dedication ceremony of two high-profile American Evangelical pastors: John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, and Robert Jeffress, a Dallas-based Southern Baptist and major Trump supporter.

Both men have a checkered background, Hagee for comments in the 1990s on Hitler and the Jews and Jeffress for once calling Islam and Mormonism heresies “from the pit of hell.” (For the record, Jeffress also once suggested the Catholic Church represents “the genius of Satan,” and Hagee over the years has referred ambiguously to Catholicism as the “Great Whore of Babylon.”) More here.