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Topic - Francis Rooney
The distance between the Vatican and the United States has grown wider in recent years, due primarily to President Obama's insistence on maintaining a secular White House, absent an atmosphere of "absolute truths," said the former ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Rooney, who served under President George W. Bush
"The coolness towards the Holy See began with the beginning of [this] administration because the administration has a pretty secular orientation," Mr. Rooney said during an interview on Newsmax TV.
"[Obama] only just recently made his first state visit ... in March, where he sought to leverage some of the pope's economic and social justice commentaries — perhaps to support his own domestic agenda," Mr. Rooney said, Newsmax TV reported. "I'm going to ... look forward and hope that now President Obama, and certainly Secretary [John] Kerry gets it, that there is a lot of opportunity for common leverage in pursuing common objectives with the Holy See."