So the pope has “failed to confirm” France’s choice of ambassador to the Vatican. Laurent Stefanini, who is openly gay, was nominated by the French government on January 5th. The reasonable assumption is that, since three months have passed since the ambassador’s nomination, he has been deemed unacceptable for the post. The Vatican has declined to respond when asked for an explanation of why they have apparently rejected Stefanini.
This raises a number of questions:
- What bearing does a person’s sexual orientation have on his ability to perform diplomatic functions?
- Why is it considered important to have diplomatic relations with a city-state that has no other function besides being the headquarters of a religious institution?
and, one more:
- Why does the province of Ontario let that city-state control a large segment of our public education system?