Skip to comments.Kmiec considers himself a candidate for Vatican ambassadorship
Posted on 01/27/2009 3:15:55 PM PST by NYer
.- Pepperdine University law professor Doug Kmiec, a pro-life advocate of President Barack Obamas election, has stated that he thinks he will be considered as a choice for U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.
Kmiec and his wife attended a private worship service with President Obama the morning of the presidential inauguration and also attended the Illinois inaugural ball that evening, Pepperdines student newspaper The Graphic reports.
"The President is nowhere close to determining such things because of the order of events everyone's first order of business is economic recovery," Kmiec said, according to The Graphic. "At the appropriate time, when diplomatic relations through the State Department need to be addressed, I think my name would be part of the discussion."
Kmiec, who served as legal counsel for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, has recently been criticized for his contention that a pro-life Catholic could vote for Obama in good conscience.
The U.S. Ambassador under George W. Bush, Mary Ann Glendon submitted her resignation to the White House prior to President Obama's Inauguration, as is customary for all ambassadors when a new President is elected, reports Inside the Vatican.
In a Catholic News Service Story updated on January 26, after the first Vatican negative reaction to the Obama administration, John Thavis wrote: "the Vatican is closely watching for Obama's choice of a new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. An early appointment would be viewed at the Vatican as a sign of the president's interest and attention to the Holy See."
The choice of ambassador is, of course, up to the president. One informed Vatican official dismissed an earlier report that the Vatican, in a nod toward conservative Catholics, might veto the appointment of a high-profile Catholic supporter of Obama. Rejecting an ambassador for those kinds of political motives is not in the tradition of Vatican diplomacy and would, in fact, be very dangerous, the official said."
President Obamas reversal of the Mexico City Policy, which had prohibited federal funding of international groups that promote or perform abortions, prompted Vatican officials first critical response of his presidency.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has criticized "Among the many good things that he could have done, Barack Obama instead has chosen the worst," he said.
"I do not believe that those who voted for him (Obama) took into consideration ethical themes, which were astutely left aside during the election debate. The majority of the American population does not take the same position as the president and his team."
In November, a Vatican official with the Secretary of State denied that Prof. Kmiec has a chance of becoming a U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, telling CNA under condition of anonymity "This will never happen."
CNA recently consulted the same official, who said:
"Obviously the Holy See will not openly veto Kmiec's appointment. But the process is not that simple. There are always back channel consultations with the (Vatican) Secretary of State, and there is no chance that he (Kmiec) will pass that test.
"There are many ways to tell the Obama administration way in advance that such an appointment would not be a good idea. There are many other candidates, Catholic or not, that would not spark the kind of antagonism and division that Professor Kmiec has sparked, as he himself has recently admitted," the official told CNA.
Selling his soul for a mass of pottage.
I am glad I was not eating or drinking a glass of wine while reading this...I am afraid my MacBook Pro would have taken a bath.
Well, this is a marginally interesting version of Pay for Play, isn’t it?
He is a legend in his own mind.
Kmiec a pro-life advocate?must be a misprint?
the EGO at work here.....amazing. hardly the words of a humble, God fearing man.
I hope the Vatican would send him back postage due.
We see that for which the minion of Satan sold his soul.
If he gets it, one hopes he enjoys it, as he will likely pay dearly and eternally for it.
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Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment
Candidate for burning at the stake.
Pride, the root of all evil.
I sent the vatican and CDF all of his writings, including his recent bashing of pro-life Catholics in print.
I also explained the struggles I had with priests, the faithful due to his support and obstinate will to misrepresent Obama’s stance to get the Catholic vote.
That along with the America mag column his friend wrote were horrible. Oh, and the lying cache of Obama’s prolife and Catholics for Obama sites.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Excuse me while I yak!
If Kmiec is appointed by Obama and confirmed by the Senate, I hope Pope Benedict excommunicates him and sends him home when he shows up.
I wonder if the Holy See has ever PNGed an ambassador on arrival.
The Judas Goat as Ambassador to the Vatican? Great humor and irony there.
Persona non grata
Declare him Persona Non Grata. Throw him out, basically. In this case, it’d be before he was really in.
“There are many ways to tell the Obama administration way in advance that such an appointment would not be a good idea. There are many other candidates, Catholic or not, that would not spark the kind of antagonism and division that Professor Kmiec has sparked, as he himself has recently admitted,” the official told CNA.”
The Vatican doesn’t want him and will even take a non-Catholic over him. Says a lot.
How on earth could this individual face the Vatican after he sold his soul to the devil. He’s got a real nerve.
Sockmonkey considers him a candidate for an Exorcism.
In prior years, were ambassadors to the Holy See afforded immunity from the Roman Inquisition?
I doubt that the Pope would accept him.
unbelievable hubris; it’s breathtaking.
Sorry, that made me spit tea on the keyboard. What a pathetic, delusional person.
You nailed it all along.
How the hell do you pronounce it.....Ke-meck....Ke-me-ick....Kem-ick......Ker-mit........
Ahh... so what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his soul in the process?
I should have read the other posts before I posted. I guess it’s all very obvious.
I wouldn’t put it past Obama to pick a so-called “Catholic” such as Gavin Newsom or Frances Kissling, thinking that he’d score some political victory over Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church.
In a larger point, isn’t Kmiec merely a child of that unfortunate confluence of Vatican II and the social/sexual revolution of the sixties? This is why a return to the timeless traditions of the Church, including the traditional (yes, Latin) Mass is vital. No traditional Church, no traditional doctrine...or values.
#1 It would be nice if the Ambassador to the Vatican were Catholic; Kmiec does not qualify
#2. Rather than making a trip to Rome, Kmiec should make a stop first at the confessional.
I hope Benedict XVI refuses to accept Kmiec’s credentials. He provided a lot of cover for Democrat Catholics to vote for Obama. By doing so, he played a material role in advancing the Culture of Death worldwide. He needs to be held accountable.
Of course he is. Does anyone think his controversial, Obama-supporting stance was an accident?
So now we know why he was vigorously osculating 0bama’a dorsum.
SOB didn't lose it. He threw it away!
Doubtful. I think the Holy Father will choose not to make waves with Obama by snubbing his pick. There's already contention in U.S.-Vatican relations. That said, I think it may be a good thing for Kmiec to get the post and have direct exposure to Vatican reps who can hopefully get him back on the right track.
If he gets selected, instead of condemning his soul to hell, we should pray even more that direct exposure to Vatican officials will straighten him out.
It would seem that we should pray for the repentance and conversion of the entire 0bama administration.
Of course, but Kmiec is playing the Prodigal Son here. Can we at least hope his proximity to the Vatican will wake him up?
“Lose” his soul???
SOB didn’t lose it. He threw it away!
Maybe you should write a New, New, New version of the King James Bible.
Well THAT'S unfortunate - not much I'd like better to see.
Could we just enjoy the spectacle of him eating some husks before he gets the fatted calf? I know I'm being petty.
What's the matter? Isn't Obama-rumpswab and Catholic apostate Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison available?
Are you TEX on www.bloggingtheboys.com? He always speaks in 3rd person about himself too and I see you are from Texas. I hope you are not him, lol.
Nope, never even heard of that site. BTW, I think the post you saw was the only time I've referred to myself in third person on FR.