What happened? On Monday, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement affirming that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions because “it is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage.”
In response, the singer Elton John accused the Vatican of hypocrisy, asking how the Vatican could call same-sex unions sinful, “yet happily make a profit” by investing millions in “Rocketman” – “a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David??”
Did the Vatican really invest “millions” in the film? Yes, and no.
The Secretariat of State did invest tens of millions of euros of Vatican money in an investment fund which, in turn, invested in several Hollywood films, including “Rocketman,” into which it invested a reported 1 million euros.
Believe it or not, the film may be the least controversial thing about the fund.
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