Vatican says write about gays, get lost

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"Our Town" at George Street Playhouse with Pico Alexander and Aaron Ballard in a scene.

Bulgaria Faces Off With Vatican Over Gay Scene In Book

A diplomatic tiff between the Vatican and Bulgaria has unfolded, illustrating what can only be termed the profound homophobia of Vatican officials. Bulgaria’s nomination as its new ambassador to the Holy See is 39 year old lawyer Kiril Marichkov, a happily married, straight man with children who speaks five languages and who is the grandson of Bulgaria’s first ambassador to the Vatican following the collapse of communism.

Regardless of these eminent qualifications, Vatican officials have indicated he will not be received because of a novel he wrote containing a gay sex scene. The book, “Clandestination” was highly successful and was nominated in Bulgaria for a national book award. It tells the story of illegal immigrants who flee Eastern Europe after the iron curtain fell and must find ways to survive. The lead character, Ivan, is at one point reduced to prostitution.

Pope Benedict’s representative in Sofia, Archbishop Janusz Bolonek, not known as a forward thinker, reportedly sent a copy of the novel to the Vatican with the juicy passages highlighted. No information is available regarding how long the Archbishop lingered over the racy bits as he lovingly applied the color stick.

Vatican officials should have no difficulty in recognizing the gay sex portrayed in the book. It was only two years ago that one of Pope Benedict’s ceremonial ushers, as well as a member of the Vatican choir, was involved in a gay prostitution ring. Wiretaps told how “two black Cuban lads,” a former male model from Naples and a rugby player from Rome, were among those procured for Angelo Balducci, a member of the exclusive Papal Gentlemen fraternity.

La Repubblica newspaper reported that the blocking of Mr. Maritchkov’s appointment had “clamorously frozen relations between the two countries.” The stand-off between Sofia and the Holy See is the latest incident in a very bad year for Vatican diplomacy. The global child sex abuse scandal has virtually destroyed relations with Dublin. Official Irish government investigations clearly established that child sexual abuse permeated the Catholic Church in Ireland in all of its institutions and was protected and covered-up by officials at the very highest levels of the church – and more, that the Vatican knew about it. (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/20/irish-catholic-schools-child-abuse-claims for a detailed article)

 

Bulgaria Faces Off With Vatican Over Gay Scene In Book

A diplomatic tiff between the Vatican and Bulgaria has unfolded, illustrating what can only be termed the profound homophobia of Vatican officials. Bulgaria’s nomination as its new ambassador to the Holy See is 39 year old lawyer Kiril Marichkov, a happily married, straight man with children who speaks five languages and who is the grandson of Bulgaria’s first ambassador to the Vatican following the collapse of communism.