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Senate confirms Hackett as US ambassador to the Holy See

August 05, 2013

The United States Senate has unanimously confirmed Ken Hackett, who served as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services for nearly two decades, as the new US ambassador to the Holy See, according to media reports.

“There will be times where the position of the [Obama] administration differs, obviously, from the Holy See, but I am going to look for, as many of my predecessors did, those opportunities where we can come together and find strength in collaboration, coincidence of interests,” Hackett said in an interview with Baltimore’s archdiocesan newspaper. “There are some powerful connections that together will really make a difference.”

Hackett donated $500 to President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, according to federal election records.

Hackett is the tenth US ambassador to the Holy See, succeeding William Wilson (1984-86), Frank Shakespeare (1986-89), Thomas Patrick Melady (1989-93), Raymond Flynn (1993-97), Lindy Boggs (1997-2001), James Nicholson (2001-05), Francis Rooney (2005-08), Mary Ann Glendon (2008-09), and Miguel H. Díaz (2009-12).


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  • Posted by: Ken - Aug. 05, 2013 7:02 PM ET USA

    Wouldn't it be interesting if the Vatican refused this appointment based on Hackett having presided over the repeated funding by CRS during his tenure of organizations supporting practices in contradiction with Catholic teaching?