Vatican editor: “Obama is not a pro-abortion president.”

Obama Osservatore.jpgThat is the judgment of the editor of L’Osservatore Romano, Gian Maria Vian, whose paper’s rather neutral (neutered, to some) coverage of Obama has been in decided contrast to segments of the American church–and no small cause of consternation to such segments.

The Vatican editor’s verdict comes in an interview with an Italian journalist, Paulo Rodari, a Vatican analyst for the daily “Il Riformista.” (Catholic News Agency has English-language coverage from which this s drawn, and this cool photo shop image; here is the Italian version.)


Speaking to Rodari, Vian offered an analysis that may confound many–but which I found spot-on:

“Obama has not upset the world,” he said. “His speech at Notre Dame has been respectful toward every position. He tried to engage the debate stepping out from every ideological position and outside every ‘confrontational mentality.’ To this extent his speech is to be appreciated….Let me be clear, L’Osservatore stands where the American bishops are: we consider abortion a disaster. We must promote, always and at every level a ‘culture of life’.”

“What I want to stress is that yesterday, on this precise and very delicate issue, the President said that the approval of the new law on abortion is not a priority of his administration. The fact that he said that is very reassuring to me. It also underlines my own clear belief: Obama is not a pro-abortion president.”


Vian also noted that the newspaper covered Obama’s speech but also ran  sory critical of his embryonic stem cell research position. “This is our policy, the way we inform. If a national bishops’ conference says something, we report it.” But he siad “it is “appropriate to present other perspectives” to the readers so they can accurately judge “international information.”

Rodari concludes with his own take, that “the words of Vian are important. Because they speak about a confrontation between Obama and the Catholic Church which for now seems to be limited mainly among part of the American episcopate. A confrontation that the Holy See neither approves nor disapproves. Simply observes.”

A sage take. Roma locuta, causa non finita, however. Vian is, it must be said, not all of Rome. But…

Hat tip to Mark Silk.

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posted May 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm

It’s not surprising that the Vatican sees hope in Obama. , It is dealing with so called Catholic countries like Spain, Poland, Italy and Ireland which have much more hostile to the Church administrations.
Still it’s four days since ND and not one of the ‘hard seventy’bishops has said ‘maybe Obama’s common ground, reduce abortions is worth talking about’.The train is leaving the station.. they had better step up and soon.
The Irish report on abuse and the coming Irish Dublin Church report on abuse will destroy whatever episcopal credibility that’s left..

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posted May 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I personally would like the Holy See to do more than observe this particular conflict because it’s driving people away from the Church. Maybe the Bishops can come up with something, but I doubt it. They seem to be part of the problem.

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posted May 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Vian’s verdict, judgement and sage take, amount to little more than the opinion of yet-another European enamored with Obama, and one who shows little understanding of the issues at stake specifically in the Notre Dame controversy and generally with Obama.
Your reference to Vian as “the Vatican’s editor” seems to deliberately imply a far greater “spokesman” role for Vian than his position actually entails. “Osservatore Romano” while published by the Holy See is only very rarely an authoritative voice of the Magisterium. It’s editorials, its contributed articles by journalists, diplomats, and a willing cadre of low to mid-level Vatican bureaucrats, and even more removed in this case, another journalist’s interview with the its editor, reveal little if anything of what the very highest levels of the Vatican actually think.
Vian’s comments reveal a profound ignorance of Obama’s consistent, pro-abortion past comments and actions. Based on his decisions during this first months, the only thing that possibly has changed is his calculation on where and when to spend his political capital in defense of abortion.

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posted May 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

This just proves that the Vatican’s minions are in the thrall of a crypto Zionist Masonic cabal dedicated to casting the Gang of 80 faithful remnant of the One True Church into the everlasting fires of hell.
Yep, they really need to listen more to The Newt and The Real Deal.

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posted May 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Hugo chavez is not a dictator…
ahmadinejad is not anti semite…
obama is not a pro abortion president…
Too much wine?
Soon they’ll replace federico lombardi,they should let Vian to go too…

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posted May 28, 2009 at 2:49 am

If it’s true that President Obama is against-abortion, it is a good news knowing American people; it seems abortion for most teenage girls is just normal without knowing that it will actually destroy their life having unplanned pregnancy at an early age.

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