Pope rejects French ambassador to Vatican because he’s gay


pope_francis_blocks_gay_french_ambassadorSo much for enlightenment! Pope Francis has been accused of blocking the appointment of France’s new ambassador to the Vatican – simply because he’s a gay man.

Openly gay Laurent Stefanini was selected on the 5th of January by France to represent the country at the Holy See, replacing Bruno Jouvert, who left the post at the end of February.

More than three months after his appointment, the Vatican has yet to accept Stefanini’s credentials – generally seen as a sign of its rejection. The European press is claiming that this is solely due to his being gay.

A Vatican source has told Le Journal du Dimanche that the decision to reject the senior diplomat was personally taken by Pope Francis.

When asked by The Independent if Stefanini’s sexuality was a factor in the Catholic Church not recognising him, a Vatican spokesman replied: “We have no comment to make.”

The newspaper reported that the Vatican has previously blocked the ambassadorship of gay French diplomat Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge, as well as Bulgaria’s choice for ambassador because he had written a novel containing a gay sex scene.

While Francis has hinted at a willingness to be more accepting of gay people, the Catholic Church remains officially opposed to same-sex relationships and especially gay marriage.

And despite famously stating that he’s in no position to judge gay people, the flip-flopping pontiff has recently taken to describing same-sex marriage as a threat to the family.

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