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NCReporter Floats Two Profs as Possible Vatican Ambassadors

The Obama administration, entering into its second term, is reportedly searching for a new Vatican Ambassador since former ambassador Miguel Diaz resigned to take  a position as professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton.

The heterodox National Catholic Reporter is suggesting two names for speculation from Catholic colleges. Both were members of “Catholics for Obama:”

Stephen Schneck of The Catholic University of America and Nicholas Cafardi of Duquesne University. Both would be acceptable to the White House, but might trip some wires on the Catholic side — if not with the Vatican, which typically vetoes an appointment only if there are concerns about personal morality (especially marital status), then with the U.S. bishops.

Schneck is on the board of directors of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good that attempted to generate Catholic support for President Obama’s policies. Schneck also joined with other politically liberal Catholics in an open letter “celebrating” the “accommodation” proposed by President Obama with regard to the HHS contraceptive mandate. He insulted Archbishop William Lori and criticized the Knights of Columbus for their aggressive defense of religious freedom,defended Georgetown University’s selection of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for graduation speaker, accused Republican presidential candidates of promoting “racial division,” and publicly challenged House Speaker John Boehner when he spoke at CUA after defending the University of Notre Dame’s honors to President Barack Obama.

Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pa., accused some bishops of vexing and oppressing people, electioneering and lobbying, and attempting to take away people’s constitutional rights. Cafardi suggested that as a penalty the IRS could remove the Church’s tax exempt status or simply fine those bishops their per diem salaries every day they open their mouths against the HHS mandate or gay “marriage.”

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