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In the late morning session at CUA’s symposium, two questions caught everyone’s attention. A panel of three former U.S. ambassadors – Mary Ann Glendon, Jim Nicholson, and Thomas Malady – and former State Department official Nicholas Burns were asked what they thought of President Obama’s appointment of Miguel Diaz as the new ambassador. Malady took the question.

Hiroshima: tug at conscience

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For the past week, Dave Robinson, Pax Christi USA Executive Director, has been in Japan, first as part of an international and interfaith consultation on the peace clause, Article 9, of Japan's constitution, and most recently as a guest of anti-nuclear activists in Hiroshima.

In Hiroshima earlier this week, Dave wrote:

My dear friends,

Today I visited Hiroshima. Words cannot express the deep feelings aroused by standing on ground zero. Shortly after emerging from the Peace Museum, I met with Bishop Joseph Misue. He gave me a book of Haiku that his Justice and Peace Council published only last week. In that book, I found the words that filled my heart but escaped my mind as I sobbed in front of Sadako's sandals, encased in glass alongside her medical log. I share it here as a testament to my witness:

The atomic museum,
the cries of the heart's ears,
the scent of the lily.

peace,
Dave

A cheer from the Bronx

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Sonia Sotomayor went to the same high school I would’ve gone to. Except my mother was determined to keep me away from girls.

The newly-minted Supreme Court nominee graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School, just a few blocks from my house on Grace Avenue in the Baychester section of The Bronx. If you were smart, ambitious, and wanted to go to (a co-ed) Catholic high school in my part of the city, Cardinal Spellman was the place.

Another U.S. Opus Dei bishop

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All news services this morning are reporting that Monsignor John O Barres is Pope Benedict's choice to succeed retired Bishop Edward P. Cullen as bishop or Allentown, PA.

Barres has been chancellor of the Diocese of Wilmington, Del., since 2000.

Only a few have noted Barres, an Ivy League-educated theologian with a master's in business administration, is a graduate of Opus Dei's Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

He joined Opus Dei as priest.

Theocons Strike Back

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Smart political operatives, particularly those in opposition, are wise to take on discreet achievable goals in order to build momentum and highlight issues of importance to their base. That's why significant opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is unlikely (absent some bombshell). The political cost of mounting an ultimately unsuccessful campaign in opposition to a clearly qualified Hispanic woman is simply too great.

But that's not the case with Gian Maria Vian, editor of L'Osservatore Romano. As Tom Roberts pointed out in a previous post, theocon Michael Novak is the latest voice to condemn the Vatican newspaper editor's benign take on the Obama Administration. Meanwhile, Republican Party Catholic operative Deal Hudson, in a series of articles at Insidecatholic.com, is calling for Vian's head: he wants him fired, his head offered to American Catholic conservatives who simply can’t abide rational comment and analysis of the American president.

CUA celebrates 25 years of US/Vatican diplomacy

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Today, the Catholic University of America is hosting a day long symposium marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Vatican.

Archbishop Sambi, in his opening remarks, quoted several statements by Pope Benedict XVI, including a reference to the “healthy secularism” of American culture but also pointed out that the Holy Father understands that “democracy can only flourish, as your Founding Fathers realized, when political leaders are guided by truth,” a classic Ratzingerian concern.

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