Former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican — including Boston’s former Democratic Mayor Ray Flynn — have banded together in support of Republican challenger Mitt Romney as they try to push religious freedom to the center of the presidential debate.
Romney will be “a faithful defender of life in all its seasons,” the six former ambassadors say in a letter outlining why they believe Roman Catholics should vote for the Mormon candidate.
“We are all called to advance the moral teachings of Christianity in the life of our country. Where the stakes are highest — in the defense of life, liberty, and human dignity — we have a duty to act that is greater and more urgent than allegiance to any political party,” they say.
The ambassadors include former Democratic Boston Mayor Ray Flynn who was appointed to the Holy See by President Bill Clinton. The others — all appointed by Republican presidents — are Frank Shakespeare, Tom Melady, Jim Nicholson, Francis Rooney, and Mary Ann Glendon. There is only one other living former ambassador, 96-year-old Clinton appointee Lindy Boggs.
In their letter, the ambassadors say that their concerns in the 2012 election “lie with fundamental rights, beginning with religious liberty.”