Now we're learning that Caroline Kennedy, recently blocked from succeeding Hillary Clinton as Senator from New York, has also been passed over for the same reason.
Vatican sources told Il Giornale that their support for abortion disqualified Ms Kennedy and other Roman Catholics President Barack Obama had been seeking to appoint.I don't enjoy seeing Caroline put in these positions. I like her, in spite of her political views. She and her late brother being kids in the White House is a memory from my own childhood. Now grown up, she clearly lacks her mother's elegance, having instead the gangly, overly-athleticized quality I've observed in daughters of wealth. But she still she seems like a decent sort, for all that.
Mr Obama was reportedly seeking to reward John F Kennedy's daughter, who publicly gave her support to his election bid. She had been poised to replace Hillary Clinton as New York senator, but dropped out amid criticism that she lacked enough experience for the job.
The Italian paper said that the Vatican strongly disapproved of Mr Obama's support for abortion and stem cell research. The impasse over the ambassadorial appointment threatens to cloud his meeting with the Pope during a G8 summit in Itay in July.
Ms Kennedy, 53, has said that she supports abortion. Raymond Flynn, a former US ambassador to the Vatican, said earlier this week that Ms Kennedy would be a poor choice.
"It's imperative, it's essential that the person who represents us to the Holy See be a person who has pro-life values. I hope the President doesn't make that mistake," he told the Boston Herald. "She said she was pro-choice. I don't assume she's going to change that, which is problematic."
The White House refused to comment. ("Vatican blocks Caroline Kennedy appointment as US ambassador").
Obama's problem seems to be that out of the majority of American Catholic voters who supported him, (53%), he just can't find one of them who actually holds to the Church's position on this most fundamental of issues. It's probably unfair, but I'm not the least shocked that Caroline, Ted's niece, and a longtime hostage of the Eastern Establishment, is on the wrong side of the abortion issue.
But Obama lacking a single suitable pro-life Catholic amongst all his other minions says loads about the price Catholics have had to to pay to buy into Obama and his vision.
Hey brothers, never mind for now the commandment about "thou shalt not kill." How about that other one about "thou shalt have no other gods before Me"?