Pope Francis may be pro-gay when stacked up against his predecessors, but that’s not exactly a triumph. It’s been widely reported in French media that he’s now essentially rejected the nomination of Laurent Stefanini as France’s ambassador to the Vatican because Stefanini is gay.
Stefanini was nominated in early January, and credentials are typically accepted within six weeks. Now some thirteen weeks later, Francis has yet to accept him. The Vatican does not expressly deny credentials, so the silence is being interpreted as a rejection.
Le Journal du Dimanche quotes a Vatican insider saying it was “a decision taken by the pope himself.”
French President Francois Hollande nominated Stefanini, saying he is “one of our best diplomats.”
The Catholic Church still openly opposes gay marriage and gay adoption.
The Vatican has declined to comment.
Pope Francis made headlines in July 2013 when he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”