Sen. Dianne Feinstein wasn’t the only Democrat voting to confirm Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
Also joining the 70-23 approval Monday were Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Al Franken of Minnesota. Nearly two dozen Dems sent Newt Gingrich’s wife to the Holy See.
But some mocked Feinstein for supporting a nominee with family values issues — notably having an affair while her congressman-husband-to-be had a sick wife.
A San Francisco user named @Spocko (“Brain in a box. Half Human, Half Vulcan. Just want a piece of the Action.) wrote: “Feinstein votes to confirm Calista Gingrich as Vatican Ambassador, ‘Forgive me Pontiff, although I know what I do.’”
California’s other senator, Kamala Harris, voted nay on the nomination.
A Jesuit magazine said: “During her confirmation hearing in July, Ms. Gingrich said that as ambassador she would focus on issues of shared concern between the United States and the Vatican, like combating human trafficking and condemning terrorism.
“But she struggled to respond to questions about the encyclical ‘Laudato Si’,’ one of the most important documents of Pope Francis’ four-year papacy about the need to protect creation. Instead, she said that, should she be confirmed, she would focus on advancing global religious liberty, combating terrorism and human trafficking and fighting diseases such as H.I.V./AIDS and Ebola.”
Here’s how others saw the See vote: