The Vatican wakes up to the wisdom of Oscar Wilde
With his outrageous wit, clear disdain for figures of authority and openly homosexual lifestyle, Oscar Wilde is an unlikely pin-up for the Catholic Church. Persecuted and imprisoned for his sexuality, gay rights campaigners have long idolised the 19th century writer as one of their own.
But the Vatican, it seems, is equally enamoured of Ireland's greatest wit. In a glowing review of a new study of Wilde by the Italian writer Paolo Gulisano, L'Osservatore Romano – the Vatican's official newspaper – praises the Irish playwright for being "an aesthete and a lover of the ephemeral".
Is this a move by the Catholic Church in reforming its views on homosexuality? I do not however consider they will make Wilde a saint however Saint Oscar has a nice ring to it.
What is the Vatican upto? Is it because the pope is a fan of Oscar;s writing or is it to partly appease the gay communities? The Vatican some times works in mysterous ways.