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Maltese newspaper editor comments on Kmiecís proposed ambassadorship
cna ^ | July 8, 2009

Posted on 07/08/2009 10:03:36 AM PDT by NYer

Valletta, Malta, Jul 8, 2009 / 12:14 am (CNA).- The editor of a Malta newspaper has commented on President Barack Obama’s 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 Kmiec’s 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 Kmiec’s 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 businessman’s 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 Kmiec’s defense of Obama’s embryonic stem cell policy, the president’s 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 XVI’s comments to pro-abortion rights Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic and Speaker of the U.S. House. His defense of President Obama’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: ambassador; bhostatedept; catholic; kmiec; malta; obama; usembassy

1 posted on 07/08/2009 10:03:36 AM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 07/08/2009 10:04:00 AM PDT by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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Guys like Kmiec need excommunicating. Sadly, the Cardinal in charge in LA is out to lunch. And that’s being kind.


3 posted on 07/08/2009 10:08:36 AM PDT by Antoninus (Time to fight back--donate to Free Republic, then donate to www.sarahpac.com)
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“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.


4 posted on 07/08/2009 10:22:50 AM PDT by dnandell (I don't need no stinkin' tagline)
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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.


5 posted on 07/08/2009 10:36:45 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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Sounds like, by promoting Kmiec as Ambassador to Malta, he's trying to deliver a slap in the face to the Knights of Malta, who are strongly traditional Catholic, and pro-life.

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.

6 posted on 07/08/2009 11:16:49 AM PDT by SuziQ
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Though describing himself as a Republican and a Catholic who believes in traditional marriage and the beginning of life at conception, he (Kmiec) said he believed as president Obama would respect and accommodate opposing points of view.

Yeah, how's that 'Common Ground' thing working out, Doug?

7 posted on 07/08/2009 11:18:51 AM PDT by SuziQ
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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.


8 posted on 07/08/2009 11:32:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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"describing the appointment as “somewhat of a poisoned chalice” "

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???"

9 posted on 07/08/2009 5:51:34 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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