The Vatican obviously has a no poofters rule

The Pope, fresh from pissing off the Turks has now pissed off the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys with the Vatican’s ‘no poofters’ rule.

For centuries, France has named its ambassador to the Holy See under a process that is as smooth, classy and predictable as the ticking of an antique clock.

Tradition dictates that the appointee is a conservative, senior diplomat – a decent chap who’s on his last posting before retirement and deserves a job with perks, flunkies and not too much work.

The appointment is approved by the French President, then the bureaucratic machinery whirrs silently into gear. The papal envoy in Paris, the Apostolic Nuncio, is informed. He tells the church hierarchy in Rome, which rubber-stamps the President’s choice.

Staff at the French embassy to the Holy See then put a final polish to the Villa Bonaparte, an 18th century edifice decorated in fine Empire style, to prepare for His Excellency and his spouse.

The protocols of these changeovers are almost set in stone. After all, France has had diplomatic relations with the Holy See since the fifth century with only a few breaks, and enjoys status in the Vatican as “the eldest daughter of the Church”, a reflection of the historic loyalty of French Catholics.

But this year has brought a traumatic and very public bust-up.

The Vatican is refusing to accept President Francois Hollande’s ambassadorial choice, who is gay. ??

The man at the centre of the storm is e, 54, a veteran diplomat whose previous postings include spells at the United Nations and the Holy See, and envoy during France’s past turns at the helm of the G20 and G8.

Clear breach of Rule 1 and 3 and 5.

The first consequence of the quarrel has been to ignite a debate about where the church stands today on homosexuality.

The Catholic Church opposes social acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage, claiming it goes against the dogma of marriage as a union “between one man and one woman, joined as husband and wife in an intimate partnership”.

But it has begun calling for a more respectful and just pastoral care towards gays.

In a dramatic flourish in 2013, the Pope seemed to open the door to change. Speaking to journalists on his return flight from a trip to Brazil, he said “Who am I to judge?” in the case of a homosexual who “is seeking the Lord and has good will”.

The president of Italy’s Gaynet movement, Franco Grillini, said that by rejecting Stefanini, the Vatican had taken back this olive branch and snapped it in two.

“Evidently, the ‘who am I to judge if a homosexual Catholic is seeking the Lord’ does not apply to a diplomat,” Grillini said.

Meh it’s the Catholic Church, they don’t want poofters but presumably kiddy fiddlers are still welcome.


– NZ Herald