France has apparently withdrawn its nomination of an openly gay man as ambassador to the Holy See after Vatican objections.
So far, according to press accounts, the Vatican has disapproved of all of France’s proposed candidates for the job.
“The first candidate was divorced…another Protestant, and the last not only homosexual but...stably united with an official companion,” according to a report by the Italian daily La Repubblica.
The Vatican has often criticized France for its long-standing policy of strict secularism and urged France to recognize its Christian heritage.
The Vatican has been known to reject ambassadors based on their personal lives.
Argentina withdrew its original nomination for ambassador to the Holy See after the Vatican complained about the candidate being divorced and remarried, according to the Religion New Service.