Breitbart News reports: The Obama administration has decided to shut down the free-standing American embassy to the Holy See. The offices for the Ambassador to the Vatican will be moved onto the grounds of the larger American embassy to Italy, in a separate building. The move is being justified as a result of security reviews that followed the attacks on US embassy in Benghazi. Former US Ambassador James Nicholson said, “The Holy See is a pivot point for international affairs and a major listening post for the United States..to shoehorn [the U.S. delegation] into an office annex inside another embassy is an insult to American Catholics and to the Vatican.” The Ambassador blasted Obama administration current excuses for the move and said this move was a massive downgrade of US-Vatican ties. Ambassador James Nicholson told Catholic Vote,”It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for mediation in the Middle East.”
Opinion: This brings us to the first question: why was Obama administration doing this? A former envoy provided the answer by stating that the move was part of broader secular hostility to religious groups and to Catholic church in particular. In fact, time and time again, Obama has shown a peculiar pandering to Muslim countries as well as Islam. While it may be acceptable in Obamaland, the pandering has come at the expense of Christian faith and its followers, many of whom continue to be persecuted and slaughtered every day in Muslim lands. Obama also does not seem to have any particular concerns about attacks on Christians or the faith. CatholicVote considers the Obama move to be a slap in the face of all Catholics.
The second question is, what benefits are there for Obama administration in closing the Vatican Embassy? None whatsoever! There are absolutely no diplomatic or political benefits for the US in moving the Embassy of the Vatican to within confines of the Italian Embassy. It however sends a strong message that the diplomatic post does not matter much to the United States. In fact, The State Department had wanted to do this for a long time! Yes, the same State Department that refused to send help for our Benghazi Embassy when it came under the terrorist attack. Somehow, State Department has become very keen on demolishing the post.
So, as there are no legitimate reasons for this strange Obama administration behavior, it can be concluded that perhaps Obama administration is unhappy with the Vatican’s stand on its social issues which go directly against the Obama doctrine of lies and deception. This is just another way to flex tired muscles; after all, not much else is working in the ObamaLand! Catholic Church is pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom; all of them at odds with the Obama agenda of pro-abortion, pro-gay, and redefinition of marriage. Furthermore, taking a stand against persecution of Christians around the world especially in Muslim lands, is not something Obama administration relishes. Simply put, Obama administration and his liberal friends are for a complete demolition of the concept of Christianity and prayer, not only from this land but around the world as well!