Diplomat Accused of Preaching Too Much Resigns

State dept. said Douglas Kmiec spent too much time touting Catholic beliefs
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2011 8:22 AM CDT
Professor Douglas Kmiec of Pepperdine University speaks on NBC's 'Meet the Press' August 7, 2005 during a taping at the NBC studios in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Obama administration’s ambassador to Malta has resigned following a State Department report that blasted him for spending too much time speaking and writing about his Catholic beliefs—to the detriment of his actual work, Politico reports. In a resignation letter sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the LA Times, Douglas Kmiec struck a defiant tone, saying, “I doubt very much whether one could ever spend too much time on this subject.”

He accused the department’s inspector general of having a “flawed and narrow vision of our diplomatic mission.” The inspector general’s report had blasted Kmiec for his “uncharacteristically light” schedule, and his “friction with principal officials in Washington.” Kmiec is a socially conservative Republican, but backed Obama in the 2008 campaign (a sin that caused one church to deny him communion). Also, he once killed a nun in a car crash.

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