Thursday, April 23, 2015
Pope Francis rejects France’s gay nominee to be ambassador to the Vatican
Laurent Stefanini met with Pope Francis for a 15 minute audience over the weekend, according to the Le Canard Enchâiné newspaper, and was told that France’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 was part of the reason he could not accept him into the Vatican’s diplomatic community.
Stefanini was previously a deputy ambassador to Vatican City from 2001 to 2005 so it may be possible that Pope Francis is worried about the prospect of a gay ambassador to the Vatican getting married during the period of their diplomatic posting.
The French Government confirmed the meeting had taken place at a regular press briefing on Wednesday but denied that Stefanini has been rejected by the Vatican as France’s candidate.
‘There was a meeting between the Pope and Mr Stefanini,’ French Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.
‘But nothing has changed. France has proposed a candidate and for the time being we are waiting for the Vatican's reply after the usual discussions and review of his candidacy.’
Posted by Ulf Raynor at 4:42 PM