It seems that Pope Benedict XVI and the temporal leaders of the Catholic Church in the Vatican are not willing to distort their beliefs and faith by granting just anyone the honor of being the United States Envoy or Ambassador to the Holy See.
Pope Benedict doesn’t seem to be able to tolerate the staunchly pro-abortion candidates that President Obama and his administration keeps putting forth for the position.
From BBC News, Europe:
The Vatican has rejected at least three possible candidates proposed by Barack Obama to serve as US ambassador to the Holy See, say reliable sources in Rome.
None of the three candidates informally proposed by the Obama administration so far is acceptable to the Pope because of their support for abortion rights.
One of the potential nominees vetoed by the Vatican is Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former US president.
Conservative Catholics in the US had already criticized her candidacy.
They say her outspoken pro-choice views on abortion made her an unsuitable choice.
The Vatican is unhappy about President Obama’s support of abortion rights and his lifting of a previous ban on embryonic stem cell research in the US.
The White House may be running out of time to find a suitable future American envoy to the Pope before President Obama travels to Italy in July, when he is expected to meet Pope Benedict XVI for the first time, before or after attending a G8 summit to be held in Sardinia.
Since the US established formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican in 1984, the ambassadorial post has always been held by pro-life Catholics under both republican and democrat administrations.
The ambassador will replace Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard University professor who held the post during George W Bush’s presidency.
— David Willey
BBC News, Rome
I don’t really know what President Obama and his staff are thinking. They have to realize that the Pope isn’t going entertain a Liberal abortionist as the US ambassador or envoy to the Vatican. To do so would be a tacit endorsement of President Obama’s approval of the deaths of approximately 1.21 million pre-born children in the United States per year, not something that the leader of the Catholic Church is ever likely to do.
Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.
His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Churchs consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development
— Vatican Statement
February 18, 2009
Perhaps President Obama has made that final descent into madness and hubris. He may believe his own press and the worship of his followers to the point where he thinks he can send anyone he wants to be envoys to other world leaders.
That would be a foolish belief on the part of President Obama and his coterie though. Pope Benedict XVI aka Joseph Ratzinger grew up in Nazi Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler. He’s very experienced with- and likely inured to the blandishments and beliefs of ideologues, no matter how charismatic, and their minions.
Given the Machiavellian genius of Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign though, it’s difficult to chalk these repeated insults off to madness, hubris, or stupidity. More likely is the theory that this is a well-crafted political ploy to place the Vatican, and therefor the Catholic Church, at odds with the United States and too paint the Catholic Church as being unreasonable.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
— Saul Alinsky
The 12th Rule For Radicals
The 12th Rule, straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals has worked well for President Obama so far, so it’s would not be surprising that he’d continue using it, thinking that it will continue to be of good effect.