Last week, international media were full of headlines that the Holy See is refusing the accreditation of Laurent Stéfanini, France’s new ambassador, because of his homosexuality.
Neither the French government nor the Holy See have commented on these rumours. And there are now increasing doubts whether the news stories about Mr. Stéfanini’s homosexuality are at all true.
Known facts are that the man is a practising Catholic (i.e., one of the not too numerous Frenchmen who are seen at Mass on Sunday). He has previously served as a diplomat at the French Embassy to the Holy See, and is said to have been greatly appreciated. As we reported in a previous post, he is neither married nor in a civil partnership with another man, but single. There appear to be no known statements of him affirming his own homosexuality.
If it were concerned about the personal conduct of the nominee, there are numerous other appointments that the Holy See could have refused with much better reasons – for example (as we noted) that of German Ambassador Anette Schavan, who is an academic fraud and who, as a politician, was an open supporter of anti-life legislation.
Obviously, as a representative of a government that promotes idiocies such as same-sex “marriage” and indecent absurdities such as a pretended “right” to surrogacy and abortion, Mr. Stéfanini must promote the same idiocies and absurdities. That, however, is part of his job description, and not necessarily a personal stance. If the Vatican does not want to accredit diplomats who promote absurd positions on social ethics, then it must simply break off diplomatic relations with France (and some other countries). But that does not seem to be the Holy See’s intention.
So what is hidden behind this whole affair? Is the Vatican really blocking Mr. Stéfanini’s appointment? If so, could there be other reasons than the appointee’s sexual mores? And who is spreading those rumours about Mr. Stéfanini being homusexual? With which intention?