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Professor Glendon to the Vatican:

President Bush will nominate Harvard Professor Mary Ann Glendon to be Ambassador to the Vatican.

Prosecutorial Indiscretion:
Outstanding. Professor Glendon is a wonderful and brilliant person and will make a great ambassador.
11.6.2007 9:22am
The Cabbage:
How is "Ambassador to the Vatican" not the cushiest job in the history of the universe?
11.6.2007 10:35am
Dave N (mail):
How is "Ambassador to the Vatican" not the cushiest job in the history of the universe?
It sure beats being Ambassador to Iraq.
11.6.2007 10:47am
Oren (mail):
I wonder if moving from Harvard to the Vatican means being surrounded by more weirdos or fewer weirdos?
11.6.2007 10:58am
Waldensian (mail):

I wonder if moving from Harvard to the Vatican means being surrounded by more weirdos or fewer weirdos?

Same percentage of weirdos, different orthodoxy.
11.6.2007 11:36am
Pliny, the Elder (mail):
Why is she NOT on the U.S. Supreme Court?
11.6.2007 12:45pm
E. Conan McClelland:
Is Senate confirmation necessary to this position? Your post says she was nominated, but Harvard Law School website says she has been appointed.
11.6.2007 12:54pm
Ed Unneland (mail):
If I may utter a concern (albeit hesitantly): let us imagine a person having dual U. S.-Irish citizenship and is a member of, say, the Seanad Eireann or the Irish Council of State. If this person were to me nominated to be the American Ambassador to Eire, there might be controversy. Given that Professor Glendon is a member of fairly important advisory council to His Holiness, is there not some slight basis for concern?

The reason for my hesitancy is that the last thing I want to do is to give aid and comfort to the various conspiracy theorists who see the hand of Rome in every nook and cranny.
11.6.2007 1:17pm
KevinM:
I think we can expect a lot of Rites Talk.
11.6.2007 2:31pm
NickM (mail) (www):
I think Ambassador to the Seychelles would be cushier.

Nick
11.6.2007 2:53pm
Dave N (mail):
Is Senate confirmation necessary to this position?
Yes.
11.6.2007 4:18pm
Dave D. (mail):
...Then I hope and pray she has a firm position AGAINST waterboarding.
11.6.2007 4:49pm
Edward A. Hoffman (mail):
Ed Unneland wrote:
Given that Professor Glendon is a member of fairly important advisory council to His Holiness, is there not some slight basis for concern?
Prof. Glendon is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Science. That position makes her an advisor to the Pope, and does not subject her to his orders. It will not conflict with her duties to the U.S. as an ambassador. It may conflict with her ability to give the Pope objective advice, but that conflict is for her and the Pope to resolve. She may have to resign from the Academy, but it shouldn't affect her confirmation or the performance of her official duties.
11.6.2007 8:07pm
Jerry F:
This is bad news for social conservatives out there. As the only socially conservative professor at HLS, Glendon could do a good job exposing students to views that they would never see in their 3 years of law school. Somehow, I don't think many people at the Vatican need to be shown the merits of pro-life arguments, etc.
11.7.2007 12:55am
aizheng (mail):
11.7.2007 3:14am
Seamus (mail):
Why is she NOT on the U.S. Supreme Court?

Because the Senate would never confirm her. Duh.
11.7.2007 10:14am
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
Congratulations to Professor Glendon, I guess (I've never thought much of her scholarship anyway), but why, exactly, do we pretend that the Vatican is a nation-state rather than a church?
11.7.2007 7:55pm
marc (mail):
Professor Glendon is president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and will presumably resign from that leadership position, at least.

The sovereign State of Vatican City, of which the Pope is monarch, has as much legitimacy as any other small state, no?

Ambassadors are accredited to the Holy See, I believe, however, and not to the State of Vatican City, to which fact troublesome to non-believers etc Dilan Esper alludes.

Perhaps those folks will allow, as a polite diplomatic fiction, that accreditation to 'the Holy See'? But there is a large corpus of academic and other writing about the contemporary position of the Holy See in international law.
11.10.2007 7:56am