Skip to comments.Maltese newspaper editor comments on Kmiecís proposed ambassadorship
Posted on 07/08/2009 10:03:36 AM PDT by NYer
.- The editor of a Malta newspaper has commented on President Barack Obamas choice of Prof. Doug Kmiec as ambassador to Malta, describing the appointment as somewhat of a poisoned chalice and noting the controversies concerning Kmiec and his campaign to elect Obama to the American presidency.
Noel Grima, editor of the Malta Independent Online, said that though Kmiec was a Catholic and a pro-life person he has fallen foul of some Catholic leaders for his public stances on abortion and other pro-life issues.
Noting Kmiecs past as a law school dean, a law professor, and a member of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidential administrations, Grima then discussed Kmiecs transformation into a supporter of President Barack Obama, an open proponent of abortion rights.
Kmiec had said he was convinced that then-Senator Obama wanted to alleviate social conditions that correlate with abortion. Though describing himself as a Republican and a Catholic who believes in traditional marriage and the beginning of life at conception, he said he believed as president Obama would respect and accommodate opposing points of view.
Grima noted that a priest denied communion to Kmiec at a Mass for a California chapter of Legatus, a Catholic businessmans group. The priest was forced to apologize to Kmiec by Archbishop of Los Angeles Roger Cardinal Mahony.
The amount of hatemail and hate comments about him is simply unbelievable, Grima wrote.
However, Kmiec has also become an ardent defender of the Obama administration.
Listing Kmiecs defense of Obamas embryonic stem cell policy, the presidents pro-abortion appointees, and his recent proposal to end state recognition of marriage, Grima also noted that the nominated ambassador has engaged in controversies with several Catholic prelates.
According to Grima, Kmiec has criticized Archbishops Raymond Burke and Charles Chaput and Bishop Joseph Naumann for saying Catholics who support abortion should be denied Communion. Kmiec has called this denial a form of intimidation.
Kmiec also labeled as intrusive Pope Benedict XVIs comments to pro-abortion rights Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic and Speaker of the U.S. House. His defense of President Obamas embryonic stem cell research policy also brought criticism from Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Guys like Kmiec need excommunicating. Sadly, the Cardinal in charge in LA is out to lunch. And that’s being kind.
somewhat of a poisoned chalice
The pellet with the poison is in the flagon with the dragon. The chalice with the palace holds the brew that is true.
Good on Malta for recognizing the poseur Catholic, Kmiec.
I didn’t think his appointment would fool the good Catholics of Malta, and this confirms it.
Kmiec, though pro-life, was a strong supporter of Obama, and by doing so, confused other Catholics about the Church's teachings on Social Justice and abortion, and convinced them to join him in supporting the most pro-abortion President we've ever had.
Yeah, how's that 'Common Ground' thing working out, Doug?
i think his being given the Malta post virtually guarantees that he was one of the ones proposed for the Vatican and refused by them. i would bet $ on it. i do enjoy him being seen for what he truly is; an opportunistic heretic.
Bingo. That's one way of putting it.
Or maybe just a secret handshake.
"Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul
for the whole world... ...but for Wales???"