A dark horse emerged in the race to become U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Miguel Diaz, a professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, was named today by President Obama to represent the United States at the Holy See.
The immediate takeaway is this. Diaz is a pro-life Democrat so his mere presence at the Vatican will disprove the contention of some conservatives that there is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat. If he can articulate the President’s commitment to reducing the abortion rate, those in the Vatican who appear disposed to like the President will have more ammunition when Deal Hudson, George Weigel and Co. attack L’Osservatore Romano for their pro-Obama line.