Where’s the memo?

I noticed this on the site Palazzo Apostolico by Paolo Rodari:

When last 10 July Barak Obama came to visit at the Vatican, he sat down for a long time with Benedict XVI and a shorter time with Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.  The time frame was narrow and it could not be otherwise.  So, to remedy the situation, the Vatican Secretary of State promised Obama that they would let him have a memorandum in which were listed all the topics the Vatican thinks the United states ought to consider.

Today the Pope received in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo the new ambassador of the United States of America, Miguel Humberto Diaz, to present his credentials.  It was thought that this would be the right occasion for the Vatican Secretary of State would have given the memorandum to Obama (through Diaz).  But that is not how it went.  Because the memorandum only ony hasn’t been written, but it hasn’t been said that it will be written in the future.  It seems, in fact, that by way of a memorandum, the points Benedict XVI raised today in his discourse to Diaz were sufficient: an open lay state (non-religious state), peace, defense of life in its every stage, a revision of the present political, econominc and financial structures (a globalization which take man into account).

So… what is the Secretary of State doing in regard to what was promised to the most powerful nation on earth?

Is this memo on the List Of Things To Do?

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3 Responses to Where’s the memo?

  1. Fr. John Mary says:

    Fr Z write: “So… what is the Secretary of State doing in regard to what was promised to the most powerful nation on earth?

    Is this memo on the List Of Things To Do?”

    This is the question…this is the question.

  2. MikeM says:

    It might be a degree of American arrogance, but I hope that we’re taking a high priority on the Vatican agenda. I think the US is one of the more pivotal countries for shaping a better global order. A sense of religious morality is not as lost in the United States as it is in most of Europe, and we’re sufficiently powerful and respected to at least play a role in setting global moral trends.

    On a more pro-Vatican note, I might have to adopt the phrase “open lay state” for my own use. It seems the use of the word “secular” has had a detrimental impact overall. That term might be more promising.

  3. Prof. Basto says:

    Father,

    What is your opinion of the Cardinal Secretary of State’s job performance?