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LBGTQ rainbow flag flying at US embassy to the Vatican for Pride Month — and backlash is swift

An LBGTQ rainbow flag is flying at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See for the month of June, which is Pride Month.

“The United States respects the dignity and equality of LGBTQI+ people,” the embassy said on its
Instagram page regarding the display of the rainbow flag. “LGBTQI+ rights are human rights.”

What are the details?

An embassy statement to EWTN News Nightly says in part, “The United States will lead by the power of our example and pursue policy to end violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.”

EWTN reported that in previous years the rainbow flag was not flown for Pride Month at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See but was flown at the U.S. Embassy to Italy. The outlet said the Vatican had no comment.

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is not in Vatican City but in the same compound as the U.S. Embassy to the Italian Republic, according to LifeSite.

‘Shame on our State Department’

As you might imagine, backlash against the display of the rainbow flag was swift.

Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts was not pleased with the move, noting on Twitter that “as a Catholic, I’m curious to know if the Biden-Harris Embassy in the Holy See will promote respect for Catholic teaching on family and freedom of conscience — or whether we can simply expect more political stunts like this.”

Evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham also offered strong words in opposition to the gesture: “Shame on our State Department for allowing the American Embassy at the Vatican to fly the LGBTQ pride flag. What an insult to the Catholic Church! This flag is promoting an agenda, not a country, & to give it equal billing with the American flag is wrong.”

Others expressed similar sentiments on the embassy’s Instagram page:

  • “Your job is diplomacy NOT touting immorality,” one commenter wrote.
  • “This is contrary to Catholic teaching and a slap in the face to actual practicing Catholics,” another user declared. “Funny how you don’t post this flag in Saudi Arabia and other countries…”
  • “Actually it’s the month of the Sacred Heart,” another commenter said. “Not the month of using a flag for false niceties.”

Anything else?

As TheBlaze recently reported, Republican U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York introduced a bill to prevent political flags other than the American flag from being flown outside U.S. embassies around the world in response to the Biden administration authorizing U.S. embassies to fly LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter flags.


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Elton John calls Vatican hypocritical for refusing to bless same-sex unions when it got ‘millions’ from investing in ‘Rocketman’ biopic

Iconic singer-songwriter Elton John blasted the Vatican for its headline-grabbing decree, approved by Pope Francis, that it will not bless same-sex unions since God “does not and cannot bless sin.”

But John also called out the Vatican for a hypocritical stance:

“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin,’ yet happily make a profit from investing millions in ‘Rocketman’ — a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David [Furnish]??” John said in a Monday tweet that included a screenshot of a 2019 Daily Beast story, “How the Vatican Spent Millions on Elton John’s Biopic.”

The outlet’s story said a financier connected to the Vatican spent $4.5 million on “Men in Black: International” and “Rocketman,” the latter of which was “the first studio movie to portray gay sex between men in an authentic way.”

“While investing in mainstream entertainment is hardly sinful, the great contradiction is that the Catholic Church preaches to the devout that homosexuality is a sin,” the Daily Beast said. The Vatican at the time told the outlet that the expenditures were being investigated.

Anything else?

The Vatican’s decree didn’t single out same-sex relationships, saying the Catholic Church could not “impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex.”

Although it added that “the blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit. This is because they would constitute a certain imitation or analogue of the nuptial blessing invoked on the man and woman united in the sacrament of Matrimony, while in fact ‘there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.'”

Rolling Stone reported about the Vatican’s statements on its website under the banner headline “Guess the Cool Pope Isn’t So Cool After All.” Francis has gained a reputation among the left wing for being woke on issues such as wealth redistribution, socialism, and environmentalism — but not abortion.

The pope’s critics also have pointed out that he was hypocritical for calling homosexuality a sin while numerous priests stand accused of pedophilia — which Francis has condemned.

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catholic church Elton John HYPOCRISY Intelwars LGBTQ Pope Francis Rocketman Vatican Vatican on gay marriage

Elton John calls Vatican hypocritical for refusing to bless same-sex unions when it got ‘millions’ from investing in ‘Rocketman’ biopic

Iconic singer-songwriter Elton John blasted the Vatican for its headline-grabbing decree, approved by Pope Francis, that it will not bless same-sex unions since God “does not and cannot bless sin.”

But John also called out the Vatican for a hypocritical stance:

“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin,’ yet happily make a profit from investing millions in ‘Rocketman’ — a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David [Furnish]??” John said in a Monday tweet that included a screenshot of a 2019 Daily Beast story, “How the Vatican Spent Millions on Elton John’s Biopic.”

The outlet’s story said a financier connected to the Vatican spent $4.5 million on “Men in Black: International” and “Rocketman,” the latter of which was “the first studio movie to portray gay sex between men in an authentic way.”

“While investing in mainstream entertainment is hardly sinful, the great contradiction is that the Catholic Church preaches to the devout that homosexuality is a sin,” the Daily Beast said. The Vatican at the time told the outlet that the expenditures were being investigated.

Anything else?

The Vatican’s decree didn’t single out same-sex relationships, saying the Catholic Church could not “impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex.”

Although it added that “the blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit. This is because they would constitute a certain imitation or analogue of the nuptial blessing invoked on the man and woman united in the sacrament of Matrimony, while in fact ‘there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.'”

Rolling Stone reported about the Vatican’s statements on its website under the banner headline “Guess the Cool Pope Isn’t So Cool After All.” Francis has gained a reputation among the left wing for being woke on issues such as wealth redistribution, socialism, and environmentalism — but not abortion.

The pope’s critics also have pointed out that he was hypocritical for calling homosexuality a sin while numerous priests stand accused of pedophilia — which Francis has condemned.

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