Vatican spokesman denies ‘veto’ of Caroline Kennedy

Here is an interesting note subsequent to this story.

Of interest to the reader of Italian… here is the story from Il Giornale.

From CNA:

Vatican spokesman denies ‘veto’ of Caroline Kennedy

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2009 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- The Director of the Vatican’s press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi denied press reports on Wednesday that the Vatican has rejected the candidacy of Caroline Kennedy for the job of U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

We have not received candidates for the position of new US Ambassador to the Holy See, and therefore it is not true that (Kennedy) has been rejected,” Fr. Lombardi said when he was asked to comment on a story published by the Italian newspaper “Il Giornale,” which is usually well informed on Vatican affairs.

Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, supported Obama’s candidacy during his bid for the presidency. She defines herself as a “pro-choice devout Catholic.” She is a strong supporter of abortion and is opposed to any kind of restrictions such as parental notification.

 

 

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30 Responses to Vatican spokesman denies ‘veto’ of Caroline Kennedy

  1. romanrevert says:

    “pro-choice devout Catholic” is a contradiction of terms. You are one or the other, not both.

  2. roydosan says:

    It’s a diplomatic nicety. She hasn’t formally been appointed therefore she can’t formally be rejected. This is not to say that the Holy See did not reject her suggested candidacy.

  3. RBrown says:

    Perhaps the rejection came before candidates were received, i.e., at the Vatican embassy in DC.

  4. DarkKnight says:

    Duh? The trial balloon was shot by the Swiss Guard before the package became airborne.

    It would be a major faux pas for Obama to send a diplomat to present credentials cold. Back-channel diplomacy is used to arrive at an acceptable candidate so that no one needs to be embarrassed by being returned persona non grata.

    It was a useless question, designed to facilitate boxing the Vatican in. The correct response would be, “We were not aware that her name had been submitted.”

  5. DarkKnight says:

    Perhaps these “Pro-Choice Catholics” whose names were submitted will not share some empathy with the unborn.

    Their Vatican diplomatic careers were terminated by the host’s choice, before their career ever came to term.

    I love Rome’s sense of irony!

  6. DavidJ says:

    “It’s a diplomatic nicety. She hasn’t formally been appointed therefore she can’t formally be rejected. This is not to say that the Holy See did not reject her suggested candidacy.”

    QFT

  7. Pseudomodo says:

    Why should we believe anything Fr. Lombardi says?

  8. “Their Vatican diplomatic careers were terminated by the host’s choice, before their career ever came to term.”

    At what point does a fertilized career political sycophant become a human diplomat? And can career termination be permitted to save the health and life of the President?

  9. chironomo says:

    Come on folks…. the truth is in the details. Ms.Kennedy was never formally submitted as a candidate (this seems to be a trend for Ms. Kennedy!) so she was never formally rejected. Her name was “floated” as a possible choice, and the Vatican re-iterated it’s position that candidates in conflict with the Church’s teachings would be rejected. It doesn’t take a genius to know that Ms. Kennedy is in serious conflict with Church teaching, so even the press were able to infer from this that she would be rejected were her name to be submitted. Somebody, somewhere just made the mistake of assuming she had been formally nominated, and Fr. Lombardi corrected this error.

    BTW, does anybody really care that Caroline Kennedy WON’T be the next Vatican ambassador? I know I don’t.

  10. Marysann says:

    My husband is a career diplomat. The procedure of floating the name of a potential ambassadorial candidate before the country to which they would be assigned is a common practice. It could be embarrassing for both countries to have a nominee rejected so they are rejected before they are officially nominated. Normally this is not made public, but most ambassadorial appointments don’t attract the attention that this one has.

  11. Allison says:

    If the Vatican approved of a pro choice ambassador wouldn’t it seem as if they have just given up on America?

  12. michigancatholic says:

    One can’t be pro-choice (which is PRO-ABORTION) and devout at the same time. It’s a contradiction in terms.

    One can’t be pro-choice (which is PRO-ABORTION) and be a practicing Catholic (who is practicing Catholicism) at the same time. It’s a contradiction in terms.

    By definition, a person who has a PRO-ABORTION view is flirting with an action that would be excommunicable if they were to act personally upon it. Acting to legalize it (by voting? or political action?) is surely someplace in between.

    [Unfortunately, the clause "who is practicing Catholicism" appears to be necesssary since there are at least 2 books out there with the title "Practicing Catholic" whose authors seem to have a big screw loose in the head. The authors of both those books are eager to call themselves "practicing Catholics," but they don't seem to be practicing Catholicism. At. All. One wonders what they are practicing. Or practicing FOR.]

  13. Joe says:

    James-Charles Noonan Jr in his book The Church Visible says something to the effect that the Holy See never accepts an Ambassador to the Holy See who is known to disagree with the Church on abortion, divorce, and something else which escapes my memory. Fr Jenkins CSC might note that the book does not specify that the Holy See restricts this veto to Catholics….

  14. In all charity:

    How many times did the Vatican deny Summorum Pontificum before its release?

    Did not the Vatican deny that JPII considered retirement, only to have Cardinal Dsiwisz later admit that he did indeed consider it?

    And in more recent history, did not an “unnamed Vatican official at the CDF” deny the upcoming Vademecum about apparitions and visions when the CDF is indeed working on such a document?

    Let us always, however, err on the side of benefit of the doubt.

  15. There’s an interesting trend I’ve noticed. It seems that those who describe themselves as “devout Catholics” are usually those who reject some fundamental Church teaching. Those Catholics who actually are faithful to the Church don’t feel the need to describe themselves as “devout.” Predicating oneself as such almost always seems to be a way to justify one’s heresy. “I’m a heretic, but I’m a devout Catholic and my faith means everything to me, so therefore my heresy is acceptable.” Pelosi does it, Biden does it, Kennedy does it (and you can pretty much put any first name in front of Kennedy and this would be true). I wonder why this is?

  16. Guy Power says:

    michigancatholic: “…One can’t be pro-choice (which is PRO-ABORTION) and devout at the same time. It’s a contradiction in terms.

    One can’t be pro-choice (which is PRO-ABORTION) and be a practicing Catholic (who is practicing Catholicism) at the same time. It’s a contradiction in terms….”

    It seems that Ms. Kennedy is a poly-oxymoron; doubly sharply-dull :^D

  17. J.Hye says:

    Why not keep personal attacks to themselves? If you want to argue about pro-choice candidates, calling them morons does nothing other than than look childish (which is what the word means anyway)

    I have to confess to wondering if many fellow pro-lifers are more and more becoming about politics masked in a veil of superficial piety.

  18. michigancatholic says:

    We don’t want to argue about pro-choice candidates, J. If you notice, we agreeing on what we think. And Guy used the term oxymoron, not moron. Look it up, it doesn’t mean what you think it does.

    RE abortion and politics, the pro-life movement isn’t what started abortion off in the courts of the land in the first place. People who were keen to legalized murder did that in 1973. It was wrong from the get-go and it’s still wrong. We’d all just as soon return the situation to one of natural law and get it out of the courts anyway. IT never belonged there in the first place.

  19. ckdexterhaven says:

    I’m just curious. Why is Obama INSISTING on nominating a pro choice Catholic to the Vatican? There isn’t one democrat out there that is pro life? It’s not like he’s going to be risking the “feminist” vote by nominating a single pro life person to the Vatican Ambassadorship. It’s a “gimme” b/c he can just tell the feminists, ‘hey, it’s the Vatican, I have to nominate a pro lifer”. This is also part of a bigger picture, that I’m trying to get my head around.

  20. J.Hye says:

    michigancatholic,

    It\’s quite clear when the \”moron\” in of oxymoron is in bold what the true intent was. As for the word moron…it comes from the Greek moro which means an infant or small child. A moron is one with a childish mind.

    Again, my point was to say that often underneath a seemingly (or what could otherwise be) rational argument lies a different emotional motivation for the contention here (and I\’m not talking about a justified emotional reaction to the act of abortion itself). The battle against pro-choice Catholic individuals devolves into something about condescension and condemnation, lacking in Christian charity.

  21. canon1753 says:

    ck dexter- That is the interesting point. The President is clearly making anyone who is a prochoice/proabortion catholic out to be his model of “Catholic” behavior. HHS sec’y has always been a Catholic. All of the floated names are prochoice catholics. He will try and shove a prochoice, progaymarriage Quisling catholic in prominent positions to sway the average Catholic to say “those are OK positions for a Catholic to take.”

    And the irritating thing is the prochoice quislings are winning big right now. But if there isn’t a US ambassador to the Vatican, there is a statement right there too.

  22. RBrown says:

    I don’t think anyone can blame the Kennedy’s or any other pro abortion Catholic politician for their positions. For years they’ve followed the same course, and, with few exceptions, nothing was done.

    For years it’s been obvious to everyone that the real ogres in the Church were those who wanted Latin liturgy ad orientem.

  23. RBrown says:

    Did not the Vatican deny that JPII considered retirement, only to have Cardinal Dsiwisz later admit that he did indeed consider it?
    Comment by Kevin J. Symonds

    I’m unaware of any Vatican statement on JPII retiring, but I do know that it was common knowledge during a consistory in the early 90′s that JPII asked the Cardinals whether he should step down.

  24. Caroline Kennedy is no Catholic. The only person she is fooling is herself! Pray for her and for all the other so-called Catholic politicans especially this Sunday: Divine Mercy Sunday.

  25. RBrown,
    -I believe I may still have the documentation to prove this. Either way, I would swear in a courtroom the Vatican denied it. I remember reading it as clear as I am looking at this monitor in front of me.

    I am interested to see people’s reaction to the so-called “vademecum” when it gets published. That is going to blow people out of the water.

  26. Amy says:

    >One can’t be pro-choice (which is PRO-ABORTION) and devout at the same time. It’s a contradiction in terms.<

    How absurd. No sane person is “pro-abortion” although it’s a phrase that’s bandied about by wingnut right-wingers.

    Government and religion should not mix, and anyone who desires this has absolutely no understanding of history.

  27. Amy: Most of the readers here will agree with you that pro-abortion activists are insane.

    I suspect you wrote what you did because you are (EUPHEMISM ALERT) “pro-choice”. You would be therefore be pro-abortion, but don’t like the label or implications.

    There really are people who are pro-abortion. If you sincerely don’t know that, and if you have been paying an attention at all, then you may be deluding yourself. I give you the benefit of doubt on that.

    Point 2. I think you should review your history if you think that government and religion should not “mix” (which isn’t a very helpful word for such a topic).

  28. Banjo pickin' girl says:

    But I personally know some who are pro-abortion and call themselves Catholic. They say things like, “that baby would be better off dead,” and “the parents could have prevented this from happening.”

  29. But I personally know some who are pro-abortion and call themselves Catholic.

    In case someone hasn’t heard this one. … Abraham Lincoln was asked how many legs a dog would have if you called it’s tail a leg. He replied “Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

  30. Luke says:

    Amy,

    To be pro-choice is to condone abortion. Why would someone condone something they were not “for” (pro=for), something that they did not approve of?

    Also, we are merely asking politicans to get their morality right; no-one is calling for a mediaeval-style monarchy or a theocracy.


    Actually, do let’s call for that. Democracy seems to be failing.