You never know who you might meet while in Rome or the Vatican.
This morning while in the Sistine Chapel yours truly had the honor to meet the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, the Honorable Miguel Humberto Díaz.
It was nice to chat for a moment and to have the opportunity to congratulate him on his appointment the day after he had met the Pope for the first time. A very nice man. Cuban. Short. Nice haircut. Impeccably dressed. Very pleasant.
The new ambassador was with a group from Minnesota where I was last summer and I mentioned St. John's University where he taught, which I twice visited last August. When asked if he was actually a theologian of "liberation theology" he said: "No, Trinitarian theology." I mentioned I had seen his motorcade the day before at 12.33 entering the Vatican and he explained that he had just met the Pope at Castel Gandolfo first.
At dinner parties last Christmas and Easter it was a great honor, too, to chat with Mary Ann Glendon, our former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. An exquisite woman. She is one of our most favorite persons on the planet earth. A model American and a model Catholic.
FYI: For those with questions about "liberation theologies" just refer to chapter twelve of The Ratzinger Report published in 1985 by Ignatius Press (http://www.ignatius.com/).