U.S. Embassy to Holy See Biden Flies Rainbow Flag for Pride Month

As a sovereign entity, the Holy See is headquartered in, operates from, and exercises "exclusive dominion" over the independent Vatican City State enclave in Rome, of which the Pope is sovereign. The Holy See, not the Vatican City, maintains diplomatic relations with other sovereign states and foreign embassies are accredited to the Holy See, and it is the Holy See that establishes treaties and concordats governing relations between the Papacy and other entities. 

Subsequently, the United States maintains an Embassy there, separate from the Vatican itself. The event that is described as follows is an American innovation of the Biden administration there.

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See began flying the LGBT rainbow flag on Wednesday of this week, in celebration of Pride Month.

This event was perpetuated as a result of State Antony Blinken issuing a blanket authorization for U.S. diplomatic outposts, across the globe to fly the rainbow flag, on the same flagpole as the U.S. flag, underscoring the Biden administrations support for LGBT rights. Additionally, in its tweet it stated-

“Today is the start of Pride Month,” adding “The United States respects and promotes the equality and human dignity of all people including the LGBTQIA+ community.”

-U.S. Embassy to the Holy See

Last year, hoping to preemptively offer an alternative, Pope Francis released a Christian message on June 1st 2021, urging Christians to pray during the month for young men and women in preparation for marriage. He released a  video announcing his prayer intention for the Church with the title: The Beauty of Matrimony which was publicized at the website of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. At that time the Pope said-

“Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness, and patience,” adding “Is it true what some people say, that young people do not want to get married, especially in these hard times?” he asked in the video, “Getting married and sharing life is a beautiful thing. It is a challenging, sometimes difficult, sometimes even confrontational journey, but it is worth the risk.”… “And on this journey of all life, the bride and groom are not alone: Jesus accompanies them,” Francis added.

-Pope Francis I

The pope has asserted that marriage is not about the “party” but about a calling to the commitment of a shared life project. He added that-

 “Marriage is not only a ‘social’ act: it is a vocation that comes from the heart, it is a    conscious decision for life, which requires specific preparation.”

-Pope Francis I

A champion of traditional man-woman marriage since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis insists that marriage is founded on “the complementarity of man and woman” is very much under attack in the modern world.

In June of 2015 Pope Francis discussed the fact that traditional marriage between a man and a woman is being questioned by those in the gender ideology movement, but he reiterated that the differences between men and women doesn’t suggest opposition or subordination, but are meant as a means of communion and procreation, which is always in the image and likeness of God.

In this discussion he added that the most compelling testimony of the blessing of Christian marriage is-

“the good life of Christian spouses and families,” Francis said on another occasion, since marriage consecrated by God “preserves the bond between man and woman that God has blessed since the creation of the world.” Adding that the testimony that attracts depends on the relationship between men and women and is “the way of reciprocity between them, the complementarity between them,”.

-Pope Francis I

The Vatican has yet to make a formal response to Biden’s innovation of displaying the LGBT Rainbow Flag on our U.S. Embassy there. Sadly, Biden is making this statement on behalf of America as a nation, who if asked might (hopefully) respectfully disagree with his stated method of LGBT support, especially in the Holy See. This is most certainly an inappropriate place for the president of our nation to disregard the home of the Catholic religion, making a statement that flies in the face of the Pope’s authority.

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