Friendly, likeable in private but armored in public, pragmatic, very English: hard to say more than this about the archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, head of Vatican diplomacy since 2014. To the confidentiality typical of Vatican diplomats he adds a personal discretion to all evidence that helps him not to leave a trace of himself despite the high visibility function that he has held for seven years now. Not even the Brexit affair – to which the Vatican world was very opposed – could not affect that reserve. The Holy See respects the final decision of the British people because the British electorate had to decide, they responded on the eve of the referendum which was then won by those who wanted to leave. The exit will not make Europe stronger and better inside than out was all the reporters managed to get out of his mouth as the battle raged. After the referendum, in the two years of Brexit smash the balancing act of the British Gallagher turned total: The decision taken by the people to be respected. We must pray that in the end everything will benefit both Great Britain and Europeans.
The position on nationalisms and China
The archbishop – however – very decisive when the line dictated by Francis. For example sui returning nationalisms and on China. Unleashed nationalisms have a tendency to exclude and the Pope invites us to pay attention to the dangers inherent in sovereignties. Again: The Church does not have nationalistic visions, she greatly appreciates the love of country but this must be seasoned with a sense of openness towards others. Perhaps the only occasion in which Gallagher expressed himself with total candor was the controversy with the Trump administration over the Vatican agreement with China. a story from last September. Trump’s secretary of state came to Rome and repeatedly attacked that agreement, claiming that it damaged the image of the Catholic Church in the world.
The experience in the nunciatures all over the world
Gallagher was asked if in that attack he saw an attempt to exploit the Pope in view of the American presidential elections and this was the answer: Well, yes. one of the reasons why the Pope does not receive it. Gallagher, 67 years old, has extensive diplomatic experience gained both in the nunciatures around the world and in the Vatican headquarters where he was among the collaborators of Pietro Parolin, the current Secretary of State who proposed it to the Pope for the role he now holds. He entered the diplomatic service in 1984 and worked in the nunciatures of Tanzania, Uruguay, the Philippines, Burundi, Guatemala, Australia. was a permanent observer to the Council of Europe. Those who know him well argue that there is no personal role for him in the note sent to Italy: it would be a text worked by the offices under the direct instruction of the Pope and signed by Gallangher because of the function he holds (here the Zan bill, explained point by point).
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