Pope Meets Gay Prime Minister

The Pope recently hosted a visit by Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg.  As is customary when meeting a head of state, the Pontiff also invites the spouse (if there is one).  As it turns out, Xavier is the world’s only gay, married leader.  So he went to the Vatican with his husband, Gauthier Destenay.  Xavier later Tweeted, “It was a great pleasure and honour for me and Gauthier to be welcomed by the leader of the Catholic church.  XB”  This story reminded me of another story from last year.  Back then, the Holy See implied that they would not be so happy to welcome a proposed French diplomat to the Vatican who was gay.  That diplomat was not assigned, so the issue was skirted.

 

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