Doug Kmiec will be the new Ambassador to Malta

I picked up from Twitter that the White House announced that Doug Kmiec will be the new Ambassador to Malta.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts:

  • Jonathan Addleton, Ambassador to Mongolia
  • Gayleatha Beatrice Brown, Ambassador to Burkina Faso
  • Earl M. Irving, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Douglas Kmiec, Ambassador to the Republic of Malta
  • Fay Hartog-Levin, Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

President Obama said, "I am confident that these fine individuals will represent our nation abroad with distinction, and strengthen our diplomatic efforts to meet 21st century challenges. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

 

UPDATE:

I wonder… proximity to Rome, where there will be a rather unprepared, not overly impressive ambassador…. 

hmmmm

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41 Responses to Doug Kmiec will be the new Ambassador to Malta

  1. This reminds me of the scene in “A Man for All Seasons” where St. Thomas More pulls his accuser aside in court and ask him something to the effect of :”What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world…and you received only Whales?”

  2. That should have read “Wales.”

  3. Brian in Wisconsin says:

    It should have been Belarus or someplace like that, not a relatively authentically Catholic country.

  4. The RSS feed scared me for a second. It gave me part of the headline and I thought it was the appointment to be Ambassador the Vatican.

    After that scare, Malta did not seem to bother me as much as it would have otherwise

  5. k3vin says:

    The quote runs, “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for Wales, Richard?”
    And we may add: “… but for Malta, Doug?”

  6. Dang, y’all beat me to the Wales reference! Heh!

  7. EDG says:

    What a slap in the face to Malta, which is just about the most firmly anti-abortion of all the European countries. Obama never misses an occasion to insult us, usually aided by one of his faux Catholic traitors.

  8. Geoffrey says:

    God protect Malta!

  9. J. Basil Damukaitis says:

    We hope he’ll only be a Night of Malta.

  10. Heather says:

    I hope Kmiec enjoys his 30 pieces of silver.

  11. gwr says:

    If the Grand Master does not reject this appointment of Kmiec (he is not obliged to receive Kmiec), then the Knights of Malta will have become officially the superficial refuge of social arravistes and dilletantes their critics have accused them of being. Let us pray that they remain loyal to their great tradition.

  12. mariadevotee says:

    Great, now he is out of the country and gone from Notre Dame.

  13. Indelible Inkstain says:

    One can hope that this will prove to be the start of a return to the fold for Kmiec

  14. Liam says:

    gwr

    The appointment is to the *Republic* of Malta, the sovereign military order, with which I do not believe the US exchanges diplomatic representatives. Tiny as the Republic is, of course, it is ever a strategic location on the map.

    It would be lovely someday to have career diplomats in ambassadorships, but that would run afoul of both the people who think career diplomats are essentially apologists for anti-Americanism and the people who believe they are owed something for helping someone else get elected to office.

  15. Liam says:

    sorry, there’s a “NOT” missing after the first clause…

  16. Geoffrey says:

    Yes, the Republic of Malta and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (which held sovereignty over Malta in the past) are currently two very different things.

  17. David says:

    “I hope Kmiec enjoys his 30 pieces of silver.”

    Exactly what I was thinking.

  18. Aelric says:

    Perhaps we can pray that Malta and the Maltese effect a conversion of heart for Mr. Kmiec?

  19. JPG says:

    Thirty pieces of silver really? I was thinking more of the kiss as did Judas.
    JPG

  20. Cotton D. says:

    Had the pleasure of visiting Malta last summer. Although a 98% Catholic country only 58% attend Mass on Sunday.

    This place is extremly hot, humid with narrow streets and few air conditioners and fewer trees. This is a country that runs on its bus system which is vintage 1945 or earlier. Although a beautiful country I doubt this will be a pleasure trip for Kmiec unless he is ready for the extreme.

  21. gwr says:

    The Republic of Malta, if true to its Catholic constitution, is free to refuse the appointment of Kmiec, as the Holy See refused the appointment of the nominated French ambassador recently. It is one of the few powers that the tiny republic has. If it does not exercise it, well then, it will have written itself off as a picturesque musical operetta entity, Catholic until challenged.

  22. Johnny Domer says:

    My initial reaction to this is NO, I don’t think that Malta utterly repudiates its Catholic heritage if they accept Kmiec as ambassador.

    First of all, Obama is never going to appoint somebody who’s honestly pro-life, so do we expect Malta to reject every ambassador the US appoints? Kmiec was unsuited to the Vatican position due to his highly vocal and controversial stances on important Catholicism-in-public-life issues. I don’t think necessarily his waffle-ish views on abortion (as bad as they are, and they were indeed awful) were per se what disqualified him from the Vatican job; it is probably true that Miguel Diaz (the ambassador Obama appointed) holds the exact same views Kmiec does (the guy was one of Obama’s advisors on Catholic issues, and a big supporter…Kmiec’s main controversial stance was arguing that Catholics could vote for pro-choice candidates, which Diaz obviously accepts). Did the Holy See repudiate its Catholicism by accepting Diaz? Of course not; the problem with Kmiec as ambassador was his controversial status in the public eye, not merely the fact that he held dissenting opinions.

    And further, Malta is a Catholic country, but I’m sure they have other interests to handle that the Vatican does not: tourism, trade, etc. Being ambassador to the Holy See, whose sole influence in the world is one of promoting principles of Catholic teaching and of basic human dignity and justice, is much different from being Ambassador to Malta, a country with no more or less moral authority than any other. So yeah, Kmiec was probably unsuitable for the Vatican job and the Vatican would have been right to reject him; but I don’t know that Malta’s government has some obligation to do the same. Further, just because they accept his appointment as ambassador doesn’t mean they have to listen to him or do what he says!

    I would willingly accept criticism or rebuke of my views from any priest or anyone with a firm grasp on the morality of such matters, but I feel like everybody is sorta being silly and trigger-happy with their opinions condemning Malta.

  23. John6:54 says:

    Does this mean his so called expert Catholic opinion will no longer grace the pages Time and other magazines.

  24. Mike M says:

    Pryor, I thought of that exact line, too.

  25. RBrown says:

    That should have read “Wales.”
    Comment by J. Christopher Pryor —

    No, it should be “whales”–like “in the belly of” . . .

  26. If this move means that we won’t be reading professor Kmiec’s insights very often, it might be worth it.

  27. Aelric says:

    ^

    A case of promoveatur ut amoveatur?

    One wonders, though, whether an ambassadorship might be a stepping-stone to future policy-making positions in government for professor Kmiec (which in the long run would not be a good thing): another of Obama’s “tame Catholics” to groom for higher rank.

  28. supertradmom says:

    Why is this happening? I do not think Kmiec will like Malta, nor do I think that the Maltese will like him. They are highly intelligent, shrewd people who know a horse from a mule.

  29. Nick says:

    In 1565 700 Knights of Malta and their Christian retainers held out (alone) for six months against 25-40,000 Turks. The siege miraculously ended on September 8th the Feast of the Birth of the BVM. The Turks now weakened after the siege were defeated several years later at Lepanto…

    It’s a great story of how faith, prayer, fidelity to vows, courage and a strong sword arm saved Europe…

    I wonder if the irony will dawn on him…

  30. Jim Dorchak says:

    Hey I thought that they wanted to send a Catholic?

    What an insult to Malta.

    Jim Dorchak
    http://qm2ss.blogspot.com/

  31. Matt Q says:

    In another post, I had mentioned always giving one the benefit of the doubt, but for this guy, forget it. Obviously Obama knows exactly what he’s doing and doing it on purpose. How about reappointing Mrs. Glendon. A lot of ambassadors carry right on through several Administrations. He can’t not know whom this Kmiec person is, a fat-mouthed Church-hater who thinks he’s the Jeopardy whiz of all things Catholic. He’s getting all the anti-Catholic weirdos lined up and putting them in positions which create diametric opposition to the Church or Church values. They are also positions the Church can’t really object to but they are influential enough to create conflict for the Church. Obama is doing this out of spite.

    The poor Maltese. Getting Kmiec for an ambassador is like your slimy 10th-Grade PE coach moving in next door–when you’re still in his class! EW.

  32. Daniel Hill says:

    It is very very very VERY clear that Obama is covertly setting up an ‘alternative catholic church’ with himself as ‘pope.’ Subtle but obvious

  33. EDG says:

    I hadn’t thought about the proximity to Rome aspect, but it’s a disturbing thought.

    However, even in terms of Malta alone, this is disturbing, because under Obama, embassies have simply become points from which he can extend his power. It has come out in the last couple of days that the US Embassy in Honduras had been working feverishly for weeks to keep their increasingly radical leftist sweetheart, Zelaya, in power and help him stage his illegal, Chavez-coordinated attempted “referendum” – and now we are seeing the full force of the US government and international agencies being brought out against the tiny and inoffensive country of Honduras for having resisted the wishes of The One. The bishops of the country, who supported the established constitutional order of Honduras and its actions in preventing an “auto-golpe” by Zelaya, are also in his cross-hairs.

    Malta is not an important place on the world scale, but it is symbolically important and is probably the sole remaining place in Europe where there is a genuinely Catholic culture which is, moreover, reflected in its laws. Its well known strong resistance to the Muslims is also symbolically and historically important. So even if Kmiec limits his actions to Malta alone, there’s a lot of danger in this. Both Obama and Kmiec are very manipulative, intellectually dishonest and vindictive people, and I don’t think this bodes well for Malta.

  34. EDG,

    Your post here is most insightful.

    I think Obama clearly has aspirations to support leftist agendas globally. And he will appoint wolves in sheep clothing like Kmiec and other bleaters as “counterpoints” to faithful Catholic bishops.

    I fear the Imperium to come…

  35. Ave Maria says:

    I hope the faithful Maltese concert him to Roman Catholicism.

  36. Fr. Paul says:

    The quote from the mouth of St. Thomas More is most appropriate
    given that Monday, July 6, is the anniversary of his having
    been beheaded by his close friend, Henry VIII in 1535. In his
    address to the crowd, St. Thomas said that “He died the King’s
    good servant, but God’s first.” If only Kmiec could actually
    understand those words.

  37. Emilio III says:

    Our parish is getting four good nuns from Malta and they get Kmiec? I think we got the best of that bargain!

  38. Matthew says:

    two things

    Malta is one of I think three countries in the EU, including my own ( ireland) which does have abortion.

    And most interestingly, the socialists look to be getting into power in the next election.

  39. The US policy, like that of the Philippines where I live, to appoint as ambassadors people who are party supporters of or fundraisers for the current president, is basically insulting to the people of the countries where they are sent. Some, it has to be said, do a good job but many don’t. Even as a child growing up in Ireland I couldn’t understand why a successful and popular ambassador had to resign because there was a new occupant of the White House.

    Most European countries appoint professional ambassadors, not well-heeled or well-connected amateurs.

  40. EFP says:

    You all don’t have a clue as to what you are speaking about. [LOL!] Get to know the person you are speaking about [From, for example, his public statements and his support for Pres. Obama's agenda? Okay.] before you throw insults around. Malta is very lucky to have Kmiec.