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Cardinal Martino's critics inside the Vatican

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 17, 2003

In a column for National Review Online, Michael Novak brings the welcome news that there are Vatican officials, too, who are worried about the astonishing statements issued by Cardinal Martino.

Novak's article begins:

The Italian newspaper Il Foglio ran a piece Dec. 16 about the frustration at the Vatican, at the secretariat of state, with the imprudent, irascible anti-Americanism of Cardinal Martino, an unfortunate recent appointment (late last year) to the Council for Justice and Peace, who has not ceased being an embarrassment to his superiors.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 17, 2003 9:51 PM ET USA

    It's "Nice Guy Who Can Do the Job" Syndrome. Before liberals came to power and started to systematically crush their opposition, conservative businessmen, clergy and family men ran the country. When hiring and promotion opportunities came along they naturally shied away from liberals. Yet there was always someone willing to say "you know, his politics and personal life aren't great but he can do the job and he's a nice guy." Slowly the disease killed its hosts. JPII has a chronic infection.

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