By Skip Chatterson - November 26, 2013
Throughout Obama’s tenure as president, if he has messed up most everything, the one thing he has been successful at is snubbing and even marginalizing Catholics and Christians (yes, I know there were a majority of “Catholics” who voted for Obama, I’m convinced they are Catholics In Name Only).
Just ask the Coptic Christians in Egypt. The Obama administration sat back, popped popcorn and watched as those poor people were massacred by the Muslim Brotherhood. For that the punishment from Obama was a guarantee of millions of dollars and F-16 fighter jets to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ask the American preacher who is currently being held by Iran, condemned to death for preaching Christianity. Obama had a chance to free him with his recent negotiations over nukes, with Iran, yet nothing was mentioned by Sec Kerry about this poor preacher. Obama is leaving him there to die.
Now in a move that can only be seen as a slap in the face of Catholics and Christians alike, the Obama administration is closing it’s embassy at the Holy See.
The Obama administration has decided that the free-standing American embassy to the Holy See will soon be closed, and the offices for the Ambassador to the Vatican will be moved inside of our Italian Embassy.
Moving our Ambassador to the Vatican inside of our Italian Embassy sends a clear message: the diplomatic post doesn’t matter much to the United States.
Former Vatican Ambassador James Nicholson wanted us to tell CV readers:
“It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican – and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
“The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican.”
Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See suffered for generations because of rampant anti-Catholicism in our country. It took until 1984, twenty-four years after the election of a Catholic president, for President Ronald Reagan to officially create the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See.
President Reagan would quickly see the importance of the Holy See in international affairs. Reagan and Blessed Pope John Paul II formed a partnership that would lead to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
And let’s not forget that the Pope regularly communicates with bishops from every country on the planet, and as a result is said to have the greatest foreign intelligence of any world leader. If anything, the United States should be working to grow its relationship with the Vatican — not insult us!
I am not surprised by this move from the Obama administration. This is an administration who has continually cozied up to enemies or just capitulated to them, while alienating our traditional and most strident friends. Obama’s biggest enemy right now is the Catholic church, as it continues to fight for it’s rights under the Constitution and standing up for the rights of all citizens who’s 1st amendment rights are being trampled on by Obama. Obama the Omnipotent can not have any organization stand up against him, or it will be destroyed.