Breaking: Trump Will Nominate a Gay Man as Vatican Ambassador

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Callista Gingrich speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. / Gage Skidmore

Rebecca:

Ok, that headline is false. I’m just messing with you.

Here is what’s going on.

President Trump will name Callista Gingrich, the wife of campaign surrogate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as his ambassador to the Vatican — an unlikely pick who will now be charged with reconciling the commander-in-chief’s rough populism with the Holy See’s focus on social justice.

The 51-year-old third wife of Gingrich is currently the head of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia company for which she produced a number of documentaries, including one about Pope John Paul II.

Callista and Newt had a six-year affair while he was married to his second wife.

Now: I understand the Catholic Church pretty much frowns on divorce and remarriage. And the Catholic Church is also famously against being actively gay, and gay marriage is right out.

So it’s fun to think about a president — any president — nominating an openly gay man to represent America in Vatican City. I just don’t see it happening.

Why the difference, do you think?

Me? I’m not one to tell a whole religion what rules to have. But I’m never surprised when it’s conservatives who turn out to be “Cafeteria Catholics,” picking and choosing which doctrines really matter. It is, however, worth occasionally pointing out.

—Joel

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