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Report: Vatican declines to approve French ambassador’s nomination over homosexuality

April 10, 2015

In January, the French government appointed Laurent Stefanini as its ambassador to the Holy See, but three months later, the Vatican has not approved the appointment—leading to European media reports that the lack of approval stems from Stefanini’s homosexuality.

Le Monde and Corriere della Sera reported that Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris interceded with Pope Francis on behalf of the nomination of Stefanini, a former official of the French embassy at the Vatican. La Croix reported that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the former Vatican foreign minister who now serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, also supports the appointment.

However, according to Le Monde, Pope Francis has decided to “freeze the dossier,” while La Croix reported that French President François Hollande maintained his support for Stefanini in a recent private conversation.


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Apr. 12, 2015 5:45 PM ET USA

    No amount of harping by the world press is going to cause the Church to back down. It will probably have he opposite result.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Apr. 12, 2015 5:44 PM ET USA

    This is a false tempest. The French knew very well that the Church could not accept such a legate. The French have embarrassed themselves by making it.

  • Posted by: stpetric - Apr. 11, 2015 3:42 PM ET USA

    This would seem to be a provocation on the part of France. It's hard to believe it was done without awareness of its diplomatic implications.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Apr. 10, 2015 12:12 PM ET USA

    Pope Francis, Manif Pour Tous supporter, says no to "le lobby gay".