U.S. move of Vatican embassy draws fire

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"The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Relocation" map courtesy U.S. Department of State.

"The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Relocation" map courtesy U.S. Department of State.

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(RNS) The United States will move its freestanding Vatican embassy into the larger American Embassy to Italy, a shift that has drawn criticism from former U.S. envoys.

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  • Daniel Soskin

    First Obama backs the Moslem Brotherhood, and Coptic Christians are attacked en masse. Then he draws a red line on Chemical Weapons use in Syria, and backs down. Next he approves a very bad deal with Iran, threatening our allies and especially the Holy Land’s security. Christians, Jews and all other religions are targets of terrorists and are being eliminated from the Middle East. Ukraine goes with Russia. Afganistan is lost, and Iraq has fallen apart as has Libya. Now, the Administration insults a very progressive Pope Francis, by degrading the Vatican. This is not America speaking. It is a growingly tyranical Leftist American Government………. This is the opinion of a Liberal Democratic Party Jew.

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  • paul pucci

    Obama has always tried to downgrade the Catholic Church. When he spoke at Notre Dame he ordered all religious statutes covered and Notre dame complied, I think they feel he is the second coming of Jesus. He is against the Church on Abortion, Gay marriage, embryonic stem cell study. and contraception payments for women,. Now he intends to move the Embassy from the Vatican to further embarrass the Church. How any Catholic can support him is mind stretching?

  • Rev. Dorothy Okray

    Pope Francis, who is being hailed by many in the world for his views on the economy, has set an example for us by diminishing many of the “bells and whistles” from lavish-spending “official” positions in the Vatican. Saving millions of dollars a year by frugally moving the location of the embassy, the U.S. has actually honored the Pope’s call to eliminate the squandering by the wealthy when there are so many living in poverty. What difference could it possibly make to the diplomatic demands of the Vatican and the U.S. if the embassy has made a cost saving move? But it will make a difference to the U.S., certainly to the many of its citizens who live below the poverty level.

  • This church in recent years have used their status to obtain immunity in sex abuse cases claiming head of state. These scum bags should be sent to granted immunity

  • this church has used their status as head of state to avoid legal action. Place those who abuse children and protect these criminals in jailo

  • Duane Lamers

    Mr. Gill, the readers might guess at what your second sentence is stating, so we can focus only on the first. What are you trying to say here?

  • Duane Lamers

    Mr. Pucci, I suggest that ND’s compliance with Obama’s wishes, assuming this incident is true, is more a condemnation of ND itself than of Obama. Can anyone tell us why the university even saw fit to invite him as commencement speaker, given what everyone knew for quite some time the ideological perspective he has?

    Many of the Catholic colleges and universities in this country are anything but Catholic, just as most of the Democrat leadership in DC, allegedly Catholic, are anything but. And we’ve heard virtually nothing from the bishops of the dioceses in which these Democrats live nor from the bishop of DC where they work.

    American hierarchs will not fight. We must remember that they “fled the world” in many respects, and it might be asking too much of them that they stand up for the principles they claim to stand for.

  • Duane Lamers

    Gill, this time your statements are a little clearer. The Church is not a nead of state; the pope is. If you want to go after the pope for the failings of some of his “staff,” the bishops as heads of dioceses, perhaps we should go after Obama for what the IRS staff members have done to interfere with the last election.

    If you trouble to read the info available, you’ll find that priests and bishops are being hauled into court for abuse coverups these days. You’ll also find that bishops are more quickly taking decisive action these days and reporting abusers to civil authorities.

  • Duane Lamers

    Rev. Okray, I suggest to you that the move of the embassy will do nothing for the poor in this country. Equally to the point, it is demonstrable that four decades of social engineering in this country has done nothing to improve the lot of the poor. There is not a single program that can be singled out as having accomplished its goal–in almost half a century!

    Could it be that the programs themselves are poorly structured and poorly administered? Could it be that the programs are not even designed to accomplish anything more than add thousands of union members to the federal payroll, thereby making Democrat candidates at election time more likely to win?

    Did you know that the DC and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia are the wealthiest in the country, that the federal workers are the people living there and earning high incomes?

    Some food for thought.

  • Kurt

    The President did not so order Notre Dame and Notre Dame did not so do. Why do people feel they have the right o be dishonest about this president?

  • Duane Lamers

    Kurt, anyone who did a bit of reading or listening in the campaign of 2008 would have learned what we could expect from Obama as president. You only needed to have read his record as an Illinois state legislator to realize that his skewed sense of values is inimical to most Americans. Perhaps you didn’t do this and relied on the mainstream media alone .for your information.

    Bear in mind, too, that on the very day of Obama’s inauguration, Tom Brokaw admitted that he and we knew very little about Obama. That, however, didn’t prevent his own NBC and the other liberal media from endorsing the man and continually finding fault with the GOP candidate.

    I suspect that all the above is news to you. You are not alone. That is true for a majority of the voters in the last two presidential elections.

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