Kissinger: New Political Adviser to Pope?

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2006-12-02 00:17:25… Reprinted from Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006 1:25 p.m. EST Kissinger: New Political Adviser to Pope? Pope Benedict XVI has invited former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be a political consultant to the Vatican and Kissinger has accepted, according to a published report. Quoting an “authoritative” diplomatic source at the Vatican, the Italian newspaper La Stampa disclosed that Kissinger was asked at a recent private audience with the Pope to join a papal “advisory board” on foreign and political affairs. Kissinger’s office has not confirmed the appointment. But the report has already touched off speculation about which issues he might deal with in his capacity as papal adviser. In light of the controversy sparked by the Pope’s September speech about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, Kissinger “might provide advice on dealing with an increasingly fractious Islamic world,” according to the National Catholic Register. “The recruitment of Kissinger would not be unprecedented. Experts from a variety of disciplines, including the realm of economics, politics and philosophy, are regularly invited to advise popes and Vatican officials on current affairs.” Catholic philosopher and former diplomat Michael Novak told the Register that “many, maybe most” of these advisers are not Catholic. Benedict and Kissinger were both born in Bavaria. Kissinger, a Jew, fled Germany with his family before World War II. Word of the appointment drew a hostile response from Iran, with one Iranian radio station calling it a “papal-Jewish conspiracy.” Editor’s note: Ronald Reagan & God – Get the true story and the book FREE – Click Here Now! Pope Benedict XVI – Find Out What He Really Believes – Click Here Now Iran’s Clerics Plan a Nuclear Showdown with the U.S. – Click Here! More Ways to Get NewsMax News – Click Here! Bill O`Reilly`s `Culture Warrior` Just $4.99! Click Here We Want You Back Big Time! Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics: Pope Benedict XVI

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