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Revealing interview with editor of L'Osservatore Romano

June 17, 2009

Gian Maria Vian, the new editor of L'Osservatore Romano, has raised eyebrows in the US by publishing articles that have expressed sympathy for President Barack Obama, and especially with his own comment that Obama is not "pro-abortion." In a revealing interview with Delia Gallagher, Vian says that comment was made during "an interview on the fly," without prior consultation with any other Vatican official. But he does not back away from the assessment.

Gallagher remarks that American readers should understand Vian's viewpoint, and recognize that, while he does not necessarily speak for the Vatican, his opinions are important. She explains:

Gian Maria Vian is firmly ensconced in the Vatican inner circle: He was personally tapped by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, and the pope’s trusted right-hand man, for the job as editor-in-chief. He has known and worked with Bertone for 25 years.


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