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The Pope heads home - Tim Fischer appointed as resident Ambassador to the Vatican [Jul. 21st, 2008|12:25 pm]
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I struggled out of bed and watched as Pope Benedict XVI was farewelled on his journey back to Rome (via QANTAS) by Kevin Rudd who announced that Tim Fischer has been recommended as the Australian resident Ambassador to the Vatican.

From the ABC News a few hours ago..

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer will be the first ambassador to the Holy See.

The 62-year-old former Nationals leader served in both New South Wales and Federal Parliament. He was deputy prime minister for the first six years of the Howard government, before retiring from politics in 2001.

Mr Rudd announced Mr Fischer's appointment while farewelling the Pope at Sydney Airport today.

"Your Holiness, I am confident that Mr Fischer, Ambassador Fischer as he will be, will discharge this position with dignity and enable Australia and the Holy See to be able to work together on the great challenges we face in the world," he said.

"On human rights, including religious and political freedom across the world, on poverty, on food security, on international humanitarian relief, on peace, arms control and disarmament, on the great challenge of climate change and the other great debates affecting the future of our planet."

Before the election, Labor said it did not oppose all cases of politicians being given diplomatic jobs but it wanted to see fewer cases of ex-politicians being appointed.


There was a program on TV last night showing the current pope in his earlier role as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which he appeared to admit was one of the factors leading to distrust of the Roman Catholic Church and the reason a "World Youth Day" was established. As I understand it WYD is designed to attract youth to the Roman Catholic Church.

On July 21, 1542, Pope Paul III, with the Constitution Licet ab initio, established the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition, staffed by cardinals and other officials whose task it was "to maintain and defend the integrity of the faith and to examine and proscribe errors and false doctrines".

Shown were decaying manuscripts of banned books and the persecution of scientific inquiry - such as denial that the Earth revolved around the Sun

He was also shown in that office correcting the views of catholic socialists in South America deploring their alignment with left wing views.

I guess Mr. Rudd a lot depends on what you mean when you speak of "human rights" - one of which is the freedom of expression embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - which some may argue you and your government seek to snuff out by censorsing the Internet of material you personally find objectionable - such as innocent photographs of naked children...