On May 27, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Miguel H. Díaz, to be Ambassador to the Holy See. Official bio below:
Dr. Miguel Díaz is a Professor of Theology at St. John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. He is the co-editor of the book “From the Heart of Our People: Explorations in Catholic Systematic Theology” and author of “On Being Human: U.S. Hispanic and Rahnerian Perspectives”, named “Best Book of the Year” by the Hispanic Theological Initiative at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Díaz taught Religious Studies and Theology at Barry University, the University of Dayton and the University of Notre Dame. From 2001 to 2003, he taught and served as Academic Dean at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He is a Board Member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and Past President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).
Dr. Díaz holds a B.A. from St. Thomas University and a M.A. and PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.
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OpenSecrets.org on Miguel H. Díaz: “A professor of theology at St. John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, Diaz contributed $1,000 to Obama’s campaign last fall, the only disclosure-worthy federal political contribution he has given since 1989. He also served as a Catholic adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign. He has been nominated to be the ambassador to the Vatican.”
Actually, since the United States established diplomatic relations with the Holy See on January 1984, the ambassadors appointed to the Vatican have all been political appointees. If confirmed, Dr. Diaz will succeed Mary Ann Glendon, appointed during President George W. Bush’s second term.
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