The new offices will be in a separate building on the property, Breitbart reported.
And while U.S. officials are touting the relocation as a security measure that’s a cautionary reaction to last year’s attacks on America's facility in Benghazi, several former American envoys are raising the red flag.
It’s a “massive downgrade of U.S.-Vatican ties,” said former U.S. Ambassador James Nicholson in the National Catholic Reporter. “It’s turning this embassy into a stepchild of the embassy to Italy. The Holy See is a pivot point for international affairs and a major listening post for the United States, and … [it’s] an insult to American Catholics and to the Vatican.”
I can see this being put over as a security issue, or a cost savings issue. But really, I don't believe either of those excuses. I think this is a specific slap to US Catholics who are giving Obama a hard time in politics and with Obamacare in particular. Call it a Conspiricy Theory if you like, but it is a good one if it is a CT.