Why Isn’t Obama’s New Ambassador to the Vatican Gay?

Screen shot 2013-06-21 at 12.03.15 PMLast Friday, late in the afternoon (which is apparently the administration’s favorite time to do business) it was announced that President Obama was nominating Ken Hackett (the former head of Catholic Relief Services) as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

Many prominent Catholics have praised the appointment.

But what I’m curious to know is, why didn’t Obama nominate a gay man or woman to become the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican?

After all, Obama is on-track to nominate five new openly-gay ambassadors to key posts around the world (including Spain, Australia and Denmark) as part of the administration’s ongoing celebrations of “June gay pride month” — bringing the total to eight.

It’s no secret this is payback to the wealthy gay bundlers who helped finance Obama’s reelection campaign. One-in-six of Obama’s top campaign bundlers in 2012 was gay, WaPo reported. And as soon as Obama won reelection, the heads of a powerful gay activist organizations began to publicly call upon Obama to appoint more gay ambassadors and cabinet members – and so he has.

Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has gone before the world proclaiming the United States believes “gay rights are human rights” and for Clinton and the Obama administration, that includes the “right” to redefine marriage.

Fast-forward back to this month, the current Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated June gay pride month by telling U.S. State Department employees that promoting gay rights abroad is “at the very heart of our diplomacy.” And if that wasn’t going far enough, this week he declared that the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to advance the gay agenda domestically and overseas.

He’s serious. Back in April, USAID announced it was spending eleven million taxpayer dollars to, what, combat global hunger and poverty? Nope: to train gay marriage activists in foreign countries.

If promoting gay marriage is at the “heart” of American diplomacy these days and with the Obama agenda becoming practically synonymous with the gay agenda, why not go all the way? Why not appoint a gay, gay marriage-promoting ambassador to the country which is most recognizably and consistently opposed to redefining marriage in the world? Does the administration actually believe what it tells its gay supporters or doesn’t it? If the Vatican is guilty of violating the “human rights” of gay people by not endorsing gay marriage and if promoting gay marriage is a “moral imperative” for this administration why didn’t Obama appoint an ambassador who would bring that message to the pope?

The Obama administration doesn’t deserve a pass for making one good appointment to the Holy See when their entire foreign policy approach and priorities continue to so deeply offend.


Categories:Politics President Obama Vatican

  • Eoin

    Wow, “gay rights abroad is ‘at the very heart of our diplomacy[?]’”
    Gee, I might have thought that the security of America and Americans was at the heart of our diplomacy. If it was, our late GAY ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, God Rest His Soul, might still be alive.

  • Mairin T

    Some months have gone by and the proof is in the pudding. Hackett is hand in hand with Obama on the anti-life agenda. Sorry Innocent Children in your Mother’s Womb, you have yet another dangerous noodle of a ‘Catholic’ planted in Vatican city. Hackett is quite o.k. with you being aborted … his past history shows.

  • Barney Wolfe

    Why do we even have an ambassador to the Vatican?

    • Eoin

      Barry writes: “Why do we even have an ambassador to the Vatican?”
      Well, Barry, why do we have ambassadors anywhere?
      Answer that question, and you may well have your answer as to why we have an ambassador to the Vatican.

    • Eoin

      Sorry, BARNEY.

  • T.M.

    I am highly disgusted! This Obama Admin. is out of control! Kerry must be crazy to think that we are so stupid in this country that we would ever think that gay and moral go together! The gays know that they are immoral. We too need to stop being afraid to say the truth about gays. They use each other in a perverted sexual community. God hates that and so do I. We better watch out! Our families are in danger. Lord Jesus, get rid of the Obama Admin. and give us Godly, upright leaders. Our freedoms are at stake. They want to use each other, you and your kids.

    • J E Parkey

      Excuse me, what does God hate?

      • Eoin

        What does God hate? Sin. God hates sin. He loves people. He hates sin.

    • Eoin

      You are right, T.M. Our freedoms are very much at stake. Our freedom to be Catholic, 24/7/365, is under direct attack by this crowd. That’s why the president speaks merely of a “Freedom to Worship” rather than “Freedom of Religion.” There is a big difference. Their intent is to limit our religious freedom to Sunday mornings within our churches. Outside of that, we will not have religious freedom. They are not TOLERANT of Catholics at all.

  • Antonio A. Badilla

    Well Thomas, you keep thinking people are Catholic first and then Democrats and Republicans second, but the fact is, they are Republicans and Democrats first, and then Catholics. I can understand not rejecting a person because of his or her sexual orientation, but the gay agenda goes further than what meets the eye and many here don’t see it because party affiliation is more important than simply being “Catholic.”
    Obama did not appoint just a gay ambassador to the Vatican, he is pushing an agenda even if the man is chaste as can be, but many don’t see that, they only see your disagreement with the President on political grounds.

    • J E Parkey

      President Obama did not appoint a gay ambassador to the Vatican.



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