From BBC Europe
|Faithful stand in front St Peter"s basilica during the Easter Holy Mass |
on 8 April 2012 at St Peter's square at The Vatican
France has said it will not back down over its nomination of an openly gay ambassador to the Vatican.
The French government proposed senior diplomat Laurent Stefanini for the post in January but the Vatican is yet to respond to approve the choice.
The Vatican usually responds within six weeks to approve such a new ambassador.
The nomination of Mr Stefanini was seen as a litmus test for Pope Francis, who has taken a more liberal stance on homosexuality.
"France has chosen its ambassador to the Vatican. This choice was Stefanini and that remains the French proposal," said spokesman Stephane Le Foll.
Observers say most Vatican appointments are confirmed within six weeks and that this long silence should be read as a rejection.
The Vatican traditionally makes no statement if it intends to decline a nomination.
I can understand why the Vatican might not want a gay man in the 'Holy See', but it seems incredibly hypocritical in view of the thousands of gay, pedophile priests within the Catholic Church.
Mr Stefanini served in the Holy See as a deputy ambassador in the French embassy from 2001 to 2005.
He was described by the country's foreign ministry as "one of our best diplomats".
France legalised same-sex marriage in 2013, despite opposition from the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis is regarded as more tolerant of homosexuality than previous popes. "Who am I to judge?", he said in 2013.
"Who am I to judge?" Are you not 'the Vicar of Christ'? Are you not an authority on scriptures? The purpose of man and the destiny of Christians is 'oneness' with Jesus Christ (cf John 17:22,23,26). As such, the head of the Catholic church must be well advanced in that journey to 'oneness' and 'perfection' in Jesus Christ. Consequently, he should have the 'mind of Christ' in most matters, particularly very important matters.
The 'mind of Christ' does not change with fashions or fads. It was the pre-incarnate Christ Who destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah and it's satellite cities. It was the 'Holy Spirit' Who inspired Paul to declare homosexuality unnatural and an abomination (cf Romans 1:24-32). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and the Son, Who are 'one'.
Romans 1:24-32 describe those who have been given over to their 'vile passions' and 'a debased mind', homosexuality being one of those passions. But Romans 1:32 makes this remarkable statement about those vile, debased people, 'who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them' (NKJV).
So, even the rebellious who reject God know 'the righteous judgment of God'. So how can it be that the 'vicar of Christ' does not know 'the righteous judgment of God'?