Thursday, May 28, 2009

Miguel Diaz - Ambassador to Holy See ...maybe

Looks like Pres. Obama is high on appeasing the Hispanic population now a days with not only the nomination of Judge Sotomayor (Cuban desent) but also with the naming of theologian Miguel Diaz (also of Cuban desent) as ambassador to the Holy See.

The Hispanic aspect is of little concern to me ( I am Hispanic myself) in either case. I'm more interested in the qualifications, and the mind set of the individuals. Where they stand on certain issues and if they use their Catholic faith as a point of a credential to hold a particular office, well than I want to know how well they practice their faith.

I think thats only fair. If you put something on the resume, well let's validate that resume entry. In the case of proclaiming ones Catholicity, lets take a look. Many claim to be Catholic as a way to either gain the support of the Catholic population or a portion there of. Or maybe to try and show one's good standings concerning moral issues and "all around good guy/gal".

Only God can see into those individuals hearts to see their true motives, however we the public can view these individuals visible life styles and actions and come to some conclusions as to their Catholicity.

In the case of Miguel Diaz we can see his involvement as an adviser to the Obama presidential campaign (a president who is a non-apologetic pro-choice advocate) and Mr. Diaz affiliation with groups like 'Catholics in Alliance for the Common good' and a supporter of Kathleen Sebellius, another self proclaimed Catholic and pro-choice advocate, that Mr. Diaz's Catholic credentials may not be all that they claim to be.

Again as with the Sotomayor nomination, I believe that the Obama administration's objective is to divide and conquer the Catholic vote. There are those Catholics that will take the claims of Catholicity at face value without digging deeper and just go along with that name plate on the front of the car.

No matter that the car is a Hugo, it says Mercedes on the name plate. The performance just can't be ignored.

AmP has a good post on the subject:

Obama names theologian Miguel Diaz as ambassador to Holy See

A Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian who was an adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign will be nominated to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, the White House announced Wednesday.Miguel H. Diaz, 45, an associate professor of theology at St. John's University and the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, would be the first Hispanic to serve as ambassador to the Vatican since the United States and the Holy See established full diplomatic ties in 1984. Diaz was born in Havana.


  1. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Show me one link (one link!) where Sotomayor used her "Catholic faith as a point of a credential to hold a particular office". And, btw, she's not of Cuban but Puerto Rican descent.

  2. Dear Mr/Mrs Anonymous,

    Thank you for your visit and comments.

    I stand corrected on your point of her being of Puerto Rican descent.

    On the point of her being Catholic, it has been more than obvious (turn to any of the local news outlets, newspaper, TV, online) that they along with the White House have pointed to her faith ties. She doesn't have to proclaim them herself, she is being solicited, nominated to the office of Supreme Court by others, and this is one of their talking points.

    One link (of many from news sources):
    Sotomayor would be 6th Catholic Justice

    As for that one link (one link!), I can't think of a better place to point to than to the actual source.

    One link (of many): Obama speech on Sotomayor nomination - Transcript

    "When Sonia was nine, her father passed away. And her mother worked six days a week as a nurse to provide for Sonia and her brother -- who is also here today, is a doctor and a terrific success in his own right. But Sonia's mom bought the only set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood, sent her children to a Catholic school called Cardinal Spellman out of the belief that with a good education here in America all things are possible."

    Since it is the President that is submitting the nomination he has written her resume.

    Hope this helps, Mr/Mrs Anonymous.


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  3. Anonymous11:01 PM

    people get off your high and mighty horse did any of you ever bother to put yourself behind the wheel of the particular mercedes. and what damages all of this transmision problems can cause a car like mercedes. and what right did anyone have to do this. did any one bother or take the time to think this should be taking place in our country or how about if it was my mercedes . as far as i am concern everyone that had knowledge of what was being done is just as guilty as the ones that were actually doing it.

  4. Anonymous6:06 PM

    In my country, Peru, is well-known that the choice of an ambassador for the Holy See is a very delicate process. Even here, many ambassadors had been rejected by the Pope's men for (even) belong to Opus Dei. That is why I'm surprised for the aceptance of a somehow-abortist. May His Holiness is becaming more flexible? Hope not. Saludos de un católico peruano.