To begin, Jeannie recounted their reaction when they were first asked to speak at Catholic University.
Catholics who voted for Obama, especially those who did so twice, will defend this action by the Obama administration, just as they’ve justified the HHS mandate, gay marriage, and all the others.
For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.
New graduates of The Catholic University of America were reminded of the value of faith, family, and guacamole on May 14, as stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, addressed the Class of 2016 during the 127th Annual Commencement Ceremony.
Married since 2003 and the parents of five children, the devout Catholics and writing partners teamed up for their commencement address, bouncing off each other with wise and witty advice.
In a remarkable assessment, Flynn said : “It’s not just those who bomb churches and kill Catholics in the Middle East who are our antagonists, but it’s also those who restrict our religious freedoms and want to close down our embassy to the Holy See.” Whoa. But it’s not just our Catholic ambassadors who are upset. One reader commented at the Washington Times website: “I’m a Wiccan, and even I can see Obama’s war on Christianity!
” Another reader at another website chimed in: “Catholics who voted for Obama should be ashamed.” Well, I wouldn’t expect that.
The Obama administration is closing the stand-alone American embassy to the Holy See. The Obama administration insists the move is motivated by security concerns.
That, however, is strongly disputed by several former U. diplomats interviewed by John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.
Among them, Ambassador James Nicholson said the move was an “insult” and “massive downgrade” in U.
S.-Vatican relations, and called the Obama administration’s explanation a “smokescreen.” Raymond Flynn, who was Bill Clinton’s ambassador, is also notably displeased.
Previous presidents, including Harry Truman, considered the possibility, but it was politically daunting. The move allowed Reagan to, among other things, “make [the Vatican] an ally.” Since then, America’s relationship with the Vatican has grown under successive presidents, though it has been contentious under President Obama.Well, now comes a further strain in the relationship. ambassador to the Vatican will be moved to the grounds of the larger American embassy in Italy—a separate building.