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Vatican policy debate confirmed

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 21, 2003

In his weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter, John Allen confirms that Cardinal Renato Martino makes other Vatican officials uneasy, because of his persistent anti-American comments.

There are now at least 4 different reports-- from L'Espresso, CWNews, Il Foglio and the National Catholic Reporter-- all pointing to a foreign-policy debate within the Vatican. These outlets have markedly different ideological slants; it's fair to assume that we're not all talking to the same sources inside the Vatican.

Conclusion: This disagreement is for real. Vatican diplomats don't ordinarily let their disagreements become matters of public records. When it happens, the argument is already pretty well advanced.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 22, 2003 9:42 AM ET USA

    I"m relieved. For a minute I thought that there were Cardinals disagreeing over matters of Faith and Morals.

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