Pope Francis rejected a French ambassador because he was gay, will he reject Callista Gingrich for having an affair with Newt while his wife was dying of cancer?
Callista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, was confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican earlier this week.
She has no experience as a diplomat, and is simply not qualified to serve as ambassador to anything. However, she is married to Newt Gingrich, who was an early and loyal Trump supporter, and Trump has rewarded Gingrich for his loyalty by making his wife, Callista, ambassador to the Vatican.
Callista’s only claim to fame is that while working as a 27-year-old congressional staffer in 1993 she began a six-year affair with Newt Gingrich, who was then the House Minority Whip.
At the time Gingrich was still married to his second wife, Marianne Gingrich, who was slowly dying of cancer.
Indeed, while under oath during her husband’s divorce proceedings, Callista Gingrich testified to the fact that she had a six-year affair with her future husband while he was still married to his second wife .
The whole episode is a shameful and disturbing episode, only made more sordid by the fact that while they were having their illicit affair Gingrich led the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton for his own infidelity with Monica Lewinsky.Commenting on the nomination, Daniel Baer writing for Foreign Policy, notes:
If being gay was reason enough for the Pope to reject a well-qualified diplomat as a suitable representative to the Holy See, then shouldn’t the fact that Callista Gingrich carried on a 6-year affair with a married man be reason to decline President Trump’s chosen envoy?
Some people will say “Who cares that she had an affair? Who cares that the French guy was gay?” Fair enough. But obviously the Pope cares about the latter — and if he accepts Gingrich, the question is: Why is a person who freely engaged in an adulterous relationship more welcome, and more consistent with Catholic teaching, than a gay man?
Will Pope Francis accept Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican? Probably, after all, moral hypocrisy is part of the job description for being pope.