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Catholic group slams possible Kennedy post

April 10, 2009 at 12:09 PM
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DEDHAM, Mass., April 10 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts Catholic Action League says the potential appointment of Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican is unacceptable.

Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle said Kennedy, daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, shouldn't be offered the Vatican ambassador post since she "rejects" the Roman Catholic Church's teachings, the Boston Herald said Friday.

"It's inappropriate to appoint someone who pretends to be a Catholic but rejects the fundamental teachings of the church," Doyle said.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has reportedly been lobbying U.S. President Barack Obama to offer the U.S. post to Kennedy. Kerry's office has neither confirmed nor denied such reports.

The Herald said the possible nomination has been opposed by former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Raymond L. Flynn, who cited Kennedy's pro-abortion rights stance as a likely problem.

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