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October 15th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

Carla Bruni banned from the Vatican

It's not often a former model and pop singer gets scratched from a guest list. But earlier this month French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was warned to stay away from the Vatican – by the Pope himself.

Ahead of President Sarkozy's 30-minute audience with the Pontiff earlier this month, Vatican officials sent the French ambassador a message saying: "Carla Sarkozy is not welcome in the Vatican."

The message, which led her to stay in Paris, is said to be over the Pope's fears that more racy photographs of her days as a catwalk model would emerge.

Read the full storn on TIME.com

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Europe • Faith Now • France • Leaders • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. Miguel

    Ha ha! What am implausible story, and funny to see how CNN and all its readers fell for it. Just goes to show how we don't care to check sources when something stokes our prejudices (the prejudice against the Vatican, in this case, which runs to believe anything said about it, and believes it all the more easily the sillier it is). This "story" was started in a satirical magazine, to begin with. And the Vatican meets with all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons. What silliness to believe this hogwash. Check your sources: http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/10/15/carla-bruni-banned-from-vatican-not-really/

    October 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
    • tenant screening

      tenant screening
      This certainly tends to make me speculate just what a background check report could possibly show you.

      January 21, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  2. Matt in Oregon

    Textbook example of the intolerance that religious dogma inevitably breeds.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  3. Kace

    THOU SHALT BE ASHAMED OF THY NATURAL ANATOMY!

    October 17, 2010 at 8:00 am |
    • Frank

      Lol. I'm Catholic but I can still laugh at that.

      October 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  4. EdithCalifornia

    Why can't the Vatican forgive Carla Bruni for her past. She was only modeling clothing not molesting boys or girls. I thought God was a forgiving God!

    October 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
    • Matthew M

      Nope. He is punishing us for existing and hiding any proof of his own. Forgiveness is a human trait.

      October 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  5. RON MCLOUGHLIN

    President Zarkozy shud have refused to go w/o his wife and The Vatican can be accused of violating their marital vows and coming between a wonderful married couple. Oo!La!La! I thought the French were more valiant than to bow down to a Prada-wearing red shoes pope.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  6. OMG

    His holiness could wash his hands afterwards. He is used to doing that anyways isn't he?

    October 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
    • Frank

      Lol. She wouldn't be helping out at Mass.

      October 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  7. OMG

    This is totally hypocritical! Does the church have no more room for "sinners" or just room to hide sin?

    October 16, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  8. HotAirAce

    With free access to any child he wants, and numerous church laws to hide behind when he and his minions are done bu-gg-ering them, why would pope-a-dope worry about a mere woman? As usual, he's got his priorities all messed up. But he is infallible, so who are we to judge?

    October 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  9. jay

    Why the surprise. the pope and his scurrilous crew only like to look at little boys. Carla doesn't have what they have.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  10. Laura

    @MikeTX

    Thanks Mike, I appreciate your response to my post. I know what your saying about the media. I agree, to that it would be good if they just said something along the lines you quoted,(The Pope meets with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, despite her past." ) to show a positive thing.

    Its times like this when I wish our religous leaders would go the extra mile and invite her, despite her outward appearance or reputation. Even if it brings ridicule from whomever. We are suppose to be following in the ways of Jesus, and he did not seperate himself from p-r-o-s-t-i-t-u-t-e-s and charlatians, and others that would be "labeled" by todays standards. Sad really.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  11. Reality

    In twenty-five years, the Vatican will simply be a museum highlighting 2000 years of myths and historical embellishments. Featured will be 3D depictions of resurrecting bodies and flying, talking, wingie thingies. Diet wafers, plain or flavored, along with blood-colored wine will be offered in the museum cafeteria.

    October 16, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  12. Frank

    I think this is funny. Lol.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  13. Laura

    I cannot understand why the Pope would do that. So what if pictures did show up, depicting her that way? Whats that got to do with anything? Mayby there would be something that would benefit this womans spiritual life, if she were allowed to go. To me, that sends a wrong message. Jesus accepts everyone, and says, "come as you are".

    CaholicMom, where are you? Need some thoughts from you on this one!

    October 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
    • MikeTX

      I'm not CatholicMom, but maybe I can give some ideas to you.

      To being with, I agree about your idea that maybe she would benefit in her spiritual life from meeting with the Pope, but perhaps a state visit is not the proper venue for that. The message didn't say she was banned for life, as the headline suggests. It was in conjunction with the planning of a state visit by the President of France.

      I read the original Telegraph story. The Vatican is concerned about news agencies making "scandal" out such a meeting. "The Holy See want(ed) to avoid photos showing Carla and the Pope together on the front pages next to older but saucier photos (of Carla)," Le Canard Enchaîné.

      It would be great of newspapers and television would do stories such as, "The Pope meets with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, despite her past." But I think we all know how news agencies like to "hype" things up.
      I can envision a headline "Pope meets with former model and pop star," along with the picture of her wearing only thigh-high boots and a diamond ring. Some (and I stress "some") of the press would have a field day with that.

      Case in point: Time magazine headline is "Pope Bans Carla Bruni From the Vatican." The message didn't state she was banned, it said she wasn't welcome, in conjunction with the upcoming state visit.

      Also, was this the entire message? Or was it a single sentence taken from a longer message? The Vatican rarely ever sends out just a one sentence message. It tends to be very wordy.

      Another point is the Vatican is an independent nation. And nations have refused entry to people they don't agree with in their country. The U.S. has banned someone from entry to the U.S. to speak to the U.N., although the U.N. is an international body. England banned Martha Stewart from entering the country due to her previous convictions. Kinda silly if you ask me, but that's politics for ya.

      So, in a perfect world, yes, it would be best and a great thing if she was allowed to accompany her husband on the state visit. But this is far from a perfect world, and some people sit around, waiting to pounce on anything they can use to create a scandal, for many reasons.

      I hope this might help give you some clarification, although I do agree with you that she should be allowed on the state visit.

      October 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
    • David Johnson

      The Pope did shake the woman's hand. That hand has now miraculously formed severe blisters and friction burns. These blisters were similar in nature to the blister experienced by the priest in the movie "Amityville Horror. Or so went the Vatican explanation...

      In another story, the money alloted for tissues has been greatly exceeded. The Vatican said it was a bad case of the sniffles.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • Raison

      @David Johnson

      LOL. Just cacklin' my ribs off at your posts...

      October 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
    • Frank

      Great post, MikeTX. It's apparent how the media manipulates our perceptions.

      October 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  14. Raison

    the usual St.Peter Theatre.

    October 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  15. Jim Bob

    The Pope and his minions should be banned from contact with little boys.

    October 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  16. serge leduc

    please go to the site about Father André Provençal, about is great story, thanks in advance
    http://catholicism.org/br-andre.html

    October 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  17. Colin in Florida

    What a two-faced schmuck. Follow this link to a meeting of the Pope and Bruni-they even have a photo of them shaking hands!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8064867/Pope-Benedict-XVI-says-Carla-Bruni-Sarkozy-not-welcome-at-the-Vatican.html

    I guess this means the Pope doesn't trust his minions around beautiful women. Of course, what he should do is not trust his minions around young boys. This just shows you how out of touch the 'Church' has become.

    October 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • MikeTX

      I don't know if you even read the story on your link, or thought no one else would actually read it, in order to inflame people. It clearly states it was taken in 2008. In case you can't count, that's around 2 years ago, depending on the month it was taken.
      It was taken at at Elysee Palace, the official residence of the President of France.
      The Pope was visiting the President of France, not vice versa. That means the other way around, in case you don't know.
      It would have been rude not to shake her hand with her husband standing right there.
      Also, these "racy" photos didn't start surfacing, as far as I know in America, until last year.
      Now that your attempt at deception has been called out, I can hope you'll think twice before trying to "pull a fast one."

      October 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  18. Peace2All

    Dear Mr. Pope,

    Are you kidding....? Really...?

    October 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
    • Raison

      @Peace2all

      Hi, dude!
      You misspelled "Dope" again. :D

      Just correctin'

      October 16, 2010 at 6:27 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Raison

      ....'Dog' dam-n it...!!! I hate it when I don't spell a word right.. :-)

      October 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm |

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