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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Liberation theologian ambassador to the Holy See

Here below is what Fr. Thomas Reese SJ has to say about Obama's pick for ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz. He mentioned the choice of Sonia Sotomayor also, but I tried to just paste the Diaz comments as I find him interesting The conservatives are not so happy with Diaz because he supported the nomination of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, but in my opinion, that's a good thing about him, and he's also a liberation theology guy who's into Katl Rahner - what's not to like? :). You can read what Fr. James Martin had to say about Diaz too by following the link in Fr. Reese's comments below .......


[...] This week, Obama reached into the Hispanic Catholic community for two important appointments, the most prominent being the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. A less prominent nomination is that of Miguel Diaz, a Cuban American Catholic, as ambassador to the Holy See. Diaz is a professor of theology at St. John's University and a member of the board of the Catholic Theological Society of America ....

Diaz, a respected scholar, recently taught courses in "Trinity, Faith and Revelation" and "Christian Anthropology." He is author of On Being Human: U.S. Hispanic and Rahnerian Perspectives and co-editor of From the Heart of Our People: Latino/a Explorations in Catholic Systematic Theology.

He is obviously not your usual ambassadorial appointment. He is neither a big donor nor a politician although he did campaign for Obama. Jim Martin, S.J., associate editor of America, has already fantasized that "he and the Holy Father can have some lively Rahner-Balthasar discussions."

While his Catholic and theological background will help him understand the Vatican, he does not represent the Catholic community or Catholic theologians to the Vatican. He will represent the Obama administration and the U.S. Government.

Like any ambassador, he will have to be a quick study, but at least he will not have to worry about military alliances, trade or arrested Americans. His job will be pure diplomacy. His familiarity with Catholic social teaching will allow him to be sensitive to the areas where there will be agreement and friction. There are lots of areas of agreement: nuclear disarmament, poverty reduction, peace, refugees, etc. ........



Blogger Jeff said...

Jim Martin, S.J., associate editor of America, has already fantasized that "he and the Holy Father can have some lively Rahner-Balthasar discussions."

With a heavy emphasis and corrective stance leading towards the former theologian, I hope.

Sounds like a good choice... Although, after seeing some of Lugo's problems, I'm starting to wonder about some of these LT guys...

1:55 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jeff,

At least this LT guy isn't supposed to be celibate :)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Mike L said...

He sounds good to me, and Bishop Lynch seems to really like him for what that is w0orth.

I do note the "we-hate-Obama-and-he-can-do-no-good" crowd are beginning to beat the drums against Diaz as a radical theologian, sigh. Wondered what they would find to complain about after the Notre Dame mess was over.


Mike L

6:11 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Mike,

I haven't read much about him from the conservative point of view but I think Benedict 16 is no great fan of liberation theology - maybe that's enough.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Mike L said...

Well, the Papal nuncio seems to find him not only acceptable, but apparently an excellent selection.

Of course I read one comment that claimed that the Vatican had finally "caved in" after a long list of unacceptable candidates. That is one thing that I do not believe the Vatican would do. I guess some people just can't admit to having been wrong. Or maybe they really believe that the Vatican is no longer Catholic?

Mike L

1:43 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yeah, the Vatican does seem more resonable about the Obama administration than many conservative US Catholics.

4:35 PM  

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