Rehabilitation: St Peter shortly to admit Oscar Wilde...
17 July 2009
As The Times ironically observes, "in life, he was about as likely a Catholic hero as Pontius Pilate," but now "Oscar Wilde has been claimed by The Vatican as one of its own." The London daily reports that Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Holy See, has just published a long and laudatory article on the Anglo-Irish writer, who was vilified during his lifetime for his homosexuality and taste for excessive living. However, Wilde converted to Catholicism on his deathbed in 1900. The Times notes that "moves to rehabilitate Wilde began two years ago when his aphorisms were included in a collection of maxims and witticisms" published by the head of protocol at the Vatican.