Harvard Law Professor Picked for Vatican Post

Harvard University law professor, anti-abortion scholar and opponent of gay marriage Mary Ann Glendon has been picked as the new US ambassador to the Vatican.

President Bush plans to nominate Prof Glendon, 69, to the post which will need Senate ratification, Associate Press reported.

Her 1987 book Abortion and Divorce in Western Law was critical of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to abortion.

In 1994 Pope John Paul II appinted Prof Glendon to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, a panel that advises the Roman Catholic church on social policy.

In 1995, she was the first woman to lead a delegation of the Holy See at the United Nations Women's Conference in Beijing and has also served on the Pontifical Council for the Laity and as a consultant to the Pontifical Council on the Family.

Harvard prof picked for Vatican post (Associated Press, 06/11/07)

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7 Nov 2007