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Kmiec assumes ambassadorship, takes swipe at Obama’s Notre Dame opponents

September 04, 2009

Douglas Kmiec, the Pepperdine University law professor and pro-life advocate who shocked old colleagues when he became one of President Barack Obama’s most prominent Catholic supporters, has been sworn in as the new US ambassador to Malta. US Supreme Court Associate Samuel Alito administered the oath of office, and Father David O'Connell, president of the Catholic University of America, offered a prayer.

Taking a swipe at opponents of the University of Notre Dame’s decision to award President Obama an honorary degree, Ambassador Kmiec said that “we live at a time when even at some great universities, a spirit of narrow-mindedness sets in over a spirit of inquiry.” Kmiec also recalled the moment last year when the minister who served as candidate Obama’s faith-outreach director “welcomed me to the fold despite my previous suspect life.”

 


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