“A Global Juridic Culture”

The Vatican has accepted the credentials of the new US ambassador, Mary Ann Glendon (a conflict of interest, in my eyes, since she has represented the Vatican and been the head of a Vatican commission).

Pope Benedict’s comments to her upon the presentation of her credentials affirm the common mission of the US and the Vatican to be “the building of a global juridic culture inspired by the highest ideals of justice, solidarity and peace.”

There is some subtle criticism of some American policies, and appeal to the more noble instincts of the American people, as well as a call for religiously inspired solutions to world problems. It’s an interesting commentary.