Jean-Louis Pierre Cardinal Tauran Jean-Louis Pierre Cardinal Tauran
Function:
Archivist of Vatican Secret Archives, Roman Curia
Title:
Cardinal Deacon of St. Apollinaris alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine
Birthdate:
Apr 05, 1943
Country:
France
Elevated:
Oct 21, 2003
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English Card. Tauran a Fierce Critic of the US over Questions of War and Peace
Sept 12, 2004

(The Tablet 25 October 2003). The French Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran is to be succeeded by Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo as the Secretary for Relations with States, the Vatican’s equivalent of foreign minister. For the past few years Archbishop Lajolo, an Italian who is little known outside the Vatican diplomatic service, has been papal nuncio in Germany. Archbishop Tauran, who was made a cardinal at this consistory, stands down after 13 years.

Cardinal-designate Tauran was a fierce critic of the United States over questions of war and peace. He described the American-led invasion of Iraq as a “crime against peace” and a violation of international law if undertaken. It was one of a string of comments that raised the hackles of American diplomats, including the United States Ambassador to the Vatican, Jim Nicholson.

In an interview with Vatican Radio on 8 October, Cardinal Tauran took a mild parting shot at American policy in Iraq, saying Iraq was a sovereign state and that its people should be able to “choose their own leaders and their own political system”.

Archbishop Lajolo’s appointment would mark a departure in approach, a Vatican source told the Catholic News Service.

“It does help if somebody has studied in America, is really pro-American and is eating peanut butter every day”, he said.
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