But I have missed out on the last few weeks of the paper's efforts to get along with Mr. Obama (though editorials didn't find their way into the English edition too often anyway). And so we have this latest post from Father Z:
Who else could be it be but the Vatican’s Secretariat of State?
Think about it. What could produce such a dopey article if not for the section of the Secretariat of State involved with the relations with states?
Leaving aside the personal political tendencies of many who work up there, the President is scheduled to go to Rome in, ... what is it, ... July?
The diplomat elements in the Secretariat of State probably don’t want anything to spoil the planning.
Cause and effect.
I could go back through and find all the links to past posts where the Secretariat of State has been documented running amok, but it would be tedious. With Cardinal Sodano's departure, one would think that with the head gone and Bertone in power... Of course, we also have reports from last year of Bertone jetting around to all kinds of meetings and acting like a papabile instead of running his dicastery like a good little soldier.
The greatest single disappointment so far of this pontificate has been the failure of the curial reform to materialize.