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Former ambassador to Holy See hit with harassment charge

May 05, 2014

Miguel Diaz, who served as US ambassador to the Holy See from 2009 to 2012, has been charged with sexual harassment of a married couple who were his faculty colleagues at the University of Dayton.

Inside Higher Ed has obtained copies of confidential correspondence in which Dayton officials cite a “preponderance of evidence” to support the charges against Diaz.

Diaz, a theology professor who was the first envoy appointed to the Vatican post by President Obama, will soon leave the University of Dayton to become the John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University in Chicago.


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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - May. 06, 2014 2:55 PM ET USA

    So Diaz is leaving Dayton for Loyola. Is this the academic equivalent of the boss simply moving a 'troubled' soul to a new location, the same way bishops did with offending priests? But how could that be, when the libs have have been so helpful in unmasking wrong behavior so the rest of us can learn what responsible leaders are not supposed to do? No. There must be something missing from this story, as I've never know libs to be disingenuous in the slightest way.

  • Posted by: normnuke - May. 06, 2014 11:28 AM ET USA

    I was unaware of the reputation of the University of Dayton, but I'm sorely puzzled as to how one goes about sexually harassing a couple. Although an Obama appointee doubtless has talents beyond my ken.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 05, 2014 5:24 PM ET USA

    This is the same school that, this year, had Timothy Wise (of Pope Francis is "evil" and pro-lifers are "terrorists" fame) and Leymah Gbowee (who advocated "beating men left and right" if they oppose abortion) speak. There's also David O’Brien, a professor there, and his support of Fr. Roy Bourgeois and “...supposedly nonnegotiable Catholic teachings about abortion, homosexuality, and female priests.” Even the university's president belittled China's underground Catholic Church in 2012.