Caroline Kennedy Reportedly Rejected as Potential Vatican Ambassador Over Abortion
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Vatican officials have reportedly rejected the possibility of pro-abortion President Barack Obama selecting Caroline Kenney as his ambassador to the Holy See because of her position on abortion. However, leading Catholic Church spokesmen have said they haven’t officially rejected any potential Obama nominee.
As LifeNews.com reported, the Vatican reportedly informally rejected a handful of possible Obama ambassadors because they did not share the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.
According to an Italian journalist, the Vatican said no to the potential diplomats, but the Catholic News Service later interviewed top Vatican officials who denied the reports.
Now, the London Telegraph indicates the Holy See has said no to Caroline Kennedy because of her pro-abortion views and position in support of embryonic stem cell research, which involves the destruction of human life.
The newspaper says Obama was supposedly wanting to reward Kennedy for her support of his presidential candidacy. It indicated Holy See officials told Italian news source Il Giornale that Kennedy’s support for abortion disqualified her to serve as ambassador.
While the White House has refused to comment on the diplomatic situation, Raymond Flynn, a former US ambassador to the Vatican and the former Boston mayor, said Obama needs to put a pro-life advocate in the position.
UPDATE: April 15 – (by Laura) – Vatican Spokesman Fr. Frederico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office, denies this report. “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….