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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.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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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.