Miguel Diaz confirmed as ambassador to the Vatican

Ambassador Miguel Diaz (CNS photo)

Ambassador Miguel Diaz (CNS photo)

UPDATE: Cuban-American confirmed as ninth US ambassador to the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — To no one’s surprise, the U.S. Senate last night confirmed Miguel Diaz as the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

That gives Diaz and his family time to relocate to Rome before the summer holidays end and the Vatican swings back into business. Sometime after he arrives, he’ll present his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI — an occasion for speeches from the pope and the new ambassador.

Diaz was named in May, six weeks before President Barack Obama’s visit to the Vatican, and had his hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in late July.

He has been a professor in the theology departments at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

7 Responses

  1. Outrageous…he is a Liberation Theologist and Castro sympathizer, what a joke!

  2. I had Dr. Diaz in a Trinity class this past spring. He is a terrific teacher, has shown a great love for his students and the Church. I believe he will be a fine ambassador!

  3. It is very upsetting that he was the theologian at both St John’s and St Benedict’s Colleges and neither signed the mandatum requested by Pope John Paul II.
    I hope his time as ambassador to the Vatican, he will be converted to his Catholic Faith.

  4. Ambassador Diaz represents the United States of America to the Holy See. It is not, nor can it be, a requirement that he be a Catholic. In fact, it would be unconstitutional to make his religion a requirement of a Federal post. That he is a Roman Catholic, and that some disagree with his theology is irrelevant to his new job.

  5. RE: Mandatum
    The mandatum is a mandate from the local bishop given to theologians to teach on behalf of the catholic church. Thus, it cannot be “signed” by a university. Bishop John Kinney, the ordinary of the diocese in which both Saint John’s and Saint Ben’s sit, has given the mandatum to faculty at both institutions, although he has declined to publish a list of the faculty to whom he has given it.

  6. My heartfelt congratulations to Ambassador Miguel Diaz for his selection for this noble post. God bless and God speed!

  7. Carlos, give it a rest, already! As i read your post, couple of thoughts came to mind: “See these Christians; how they love one another.” and “who needs enemies to rip and tear you apart when your brothers/sisters do it for them…”
    His job is to officially represent the United States government to the Court of St. Peter. His personal belief system has no bearing in that function, at all!

    Don’t be harsh, dismissive and judgemental.
    You, too, are human and not divine!

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