Pope refuses to be part of phony build-up of Condi's credentialsposted by Bill Arnett @ 11:22 AM Permalink
From Breitbart.com comes this tidbit showing that even the Vatican and the Pope are not going to be used by the bush maladministration for photo-ops staged to try and legitimize Condi Rice and bush's foreign policy:
Pope Benedict XVI refused to meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in August, saying he was on holiday, an Italian newspaper reported Wednesday. Rice "made it known to the Vatican that she absolutely had to meet the pope" to boost her diplomatic "credit" ahead of a trip to the Middle East, the Corriere della Sera daily reported without citing its sources.So, Condi, lacking any serious credentials or accomplishments of her own sufficient to independently impress world leaders, feels the urgent need to meet with Pope in order to try and gain some legitimacy and credibility.
She was hoping to meet the pontiff at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo at the beginning of August, it said.
"'The pope is on holiday' was the official response," the paper said.[…]
US Ambassador to the Vatican Francis Rooney said relations between Washington and the Holy See were close.
"Since the beginning of formal diplomatic relations in 1984, the US and the Holy See have enjoyed a high level of cooperation on a wide array of issues," he said in a statement.
"Our relationship remains strong today. Our working relationship is dynamic and productive at all levels."
Ambassador Rooney did his best to "smooth this over" with diplomatic language, but you will note from the article that no one from the Vatican even bothered to make any statement other than "he's on vacation", much less a statement of support for America or its misguided and criminal foreign policies.
My guess would be that by invading countries illegally, conducting a genocide killing over a million people just to steal the oil that could have been purchased, that, well, the Pope just isn't going to condone your actions or endow you with phony legitimacy by appearing with you in a photo-op that clearly was requested to legitimize an illegitimate policy and boost the credibility of a bringer of death and suffering to millions of people worldwide.
A-w-w-w, poor Condi.