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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Vatican Rejects 'Gay' Ambassador

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Pope Benedict has rejected Sarko's appointment of Ambassador -- rumor has it because he's openly gay and in a relationship. The diplomat in question is one Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge, former ambassador to Bulgaria, head of the Consular Affairs Directorate, and outspoken critic of the Iraq War.

Rightly or wrongly these rejections have outraged secularists and liberals across the pond and even in our own back yard as Sullivan bemoans the fact that the Pope won't simply consider his professional qualifications irregardless of his personal proclivities.

But Msr. Kuhn-Delforge isn't the first Ambassador to be rejected by the Vatican. Recently the Vatican rejected an appointee from Argentina, Alberto Iribarne, for being a divorcee. It should be noted that Sarko also considered appointing the noted writer Denis Tillinac also divorced.

The paper El Periodico sums it up best though, (thanks Google Translate and my own tweaking)

The status of divorced or homosexual candidates has emerged as an insurmountable obstacle for Benedict XVI to give them approval.

It is one thing to agree with the "positive secularism" as promoted by Nicolas Sarkozy, but quite another to give his [Benedict's] arm a twist on issues that the German Pope, who during a quarter century he served as guardian of orthodoxy as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, considers essential.

The article goes on to say that the candidates were rejected because they failed to conform to Catholic Morality. This makes sense because both Candidates are themselves ostensibly Catholic, culturally if not in practice.

I wonder if either candidate had been Protestant would they have been rejected outright like these guys? Benedict and his predecessor JPII both have commented, specifically, on the American Ambassadorship in terms of desiring some one more representative of the people - i.e. Protestant. The mores of Protestants, after all, are as diverse as their stylistic theologies. I suppose in those situations the Vatican would have to be very diplomatic. (ducks)

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