Smack-Down: Gay Ambassador Vs. The Pope

by The Washington Post  |  published on April 26, 2015

italy-pope-wwijpeg-02a86_c0-140-2402-1540_s561x327Vatican spokespeople declined to comment… and the French government has said little, but experts on Vatican diplomacy said the possibility of what they believe would be the first openly gay Vatican ambassador is complicated.

Massimo Faggioli, a church historian at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., who focuses on the papacy, said France was “poking a finger in the eye of the Vatican” by appointing an openly gay man and then speaking – even off the record – when his appointment hadn’t clearly been approved.

Faggioli said he thought it was hypothetically feasible that the Vatican might accept a gay ambassador, but seeing the topic in public violates “the basic rules of diplomacy. Revealing why an ambassador has been rejected is not typical. … Once it came out, it became a matter of principle. Diplomacy is imminently the field of practical things.”

Another person very familiar with the Vatican diplomatic scene, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person still works in the church, said the Stefanini case embodies the different forces at play in the Francis era when it comes to the place of gay people.

  • RJ

    Homosexuality caused the sexual abuse horror that the Church is still shamed with! Homosexuals must be rooted out of the Clergy to prevent more abuse!

  • John

    “Openly gay” are code words for homosexuals that are worthless fellows who engage in lewd and disgraceful behavior.

  • At least one person is faithful to the laws of God, and the teaching of the Church. “Love the sinnner but not the sin.”

  • Johnnyappleseed

    Gee! The pope did not welcome the ambassador with open arms? following the tenants of the church from the pope from Argentina, seems out of step for this pope.

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