They say the homosexual scenes in the new Elton John biopic are the most titillating ever in a mainstream movie. They make Brokeback Mountain look like Bringing Up Baby. Less discussed, perhaps, is the fact that ordinary Catholic pew-sitters paid for it via their Peter’s Pence donations to the Pope.
The cash came from a fairly small Malta-based investment fund called Centurion Global, which is run by Enrico Crasso, who has been much lauded by the Vatican Secretary of State and the Pope. It turns out the Vatican is by far the biggest investor in this fund which has been charged with all sorts of shenanigans.
Now, in fairness, there’s a very good chance that no one at the Vatican knew the fund was investing in movies (including a reboot of Men in Black), let alone soft-core gay porn. Once you hand over money to a fund, you never know where it goes from there. But the investor and the fund can set rules down in advance. In retrospect, a rule about no movies would have been a good one, since most movies these days are morally problematic in some way.
Nonetheless, we are left wondering whether it would have mattered to certain powerful churchmen that our money was going to gay movie rutting. After all, they tell us ad nauseum we need to be less judgmental. I guess this is the kind of thing we are building bridges to. It is reported the German bishops have said homosexuality is peachy. Father James Martin certainly seems to be on board. ….