|Mary Ann Glendon|
|United States Ambassador to the Holy See|
February 29, 2008 – January 20, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Francis Rooney|
|Succeeded by||Miguel Díaz|
|Born||October 7, 1938|
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
Mary Ann Glendon (born October 7, 1938) is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a former United States Ambassador to the Holy See. She teaches and writes on bioethics, comparative constitutional law, property, and human rights in international law. She is pro-life and "writes forcefully against the expansion of abortion rights."
In 1995, she was the Vatican representative to the international 1995 Beijing Conference on Women sponsored by the United Nations, where she contested the use of condoms for the prevention of HIV and AIDS. At the time, Pope John Paul II issued a statement that "The Holy See in no way endorses contraception or the use of condoms, either as a family planning measure or in HIV/AIDS prevention programs."
On November 4, 2002, in reference to the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize nomination for its coverage of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, Glendon told a conference of Catholics that "if fairness and accuracy have anything to do with it, awarding the Pulitzer Prize to the Boston Globe would be like giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Osama bin Laden." In 2003 the Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the church scandals.
Glendon was appointed by President Bush to the President's Council on Bioethics. Her nomination as United States Ambassador to the Holy See was announced on November 5, 2007. The U.S. Senate voted to confirm her on December 19, 2007. She presented her Letters of Credence to Pope Benedict XVI on February 29, 2008, and resigned her office effective January 19, 2009.
On June 26, 2013 Pope Francis named Glendon a member of the Pontifical Commission of inquiry for the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), which is also known as the Vatican Bank. Glendon, two cardinals, a bishop, and a monsignor are responsible for preparing an investigative report on the Vatican Bank. In July 2014 she was appointed to be a member of the board of the IOR.
Notre Dame controversy
Glendon was selected by the University of Notre Dame as the 2009 recipient of the school's Laetare Medal but declined the award due to the university's controversial decision to host Barack Obama as its commencement speaker and bestow upon him an honorary degree. In light of Obama's pro-choice policies, Glendon considered Notre Dame's decision to be in violation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' 2004 pronouncement that Catholic institutions should not give "awards, honors, or platforms" to "those who act in defiance of [Catholic] fundamental moral principles." Glendon also felt that the university was implicitly trying to use her acceptance speech to give the appearance of balance to the event and expressed concern about the "ripple effect" Notre Dame's disregard of the USCCB pronouncement is having on the nation's other Catholic schools.
In 1964 Glendon contracted a civil marriage with an attorney and settled in Chicago. They divorced in 1966. In 1970 she married Edward R. Lev, a labor lawyer. They remained together until Lev's death in 2013. Glendon has three daughters.
- What is clearly 'old-fashioned' today is the old feminism of the 1970s – with its negative attitudes toward men, marriage and motherhood, and its rigid party line on abortion.
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- Harris, Gardiner (April 11, 2018). "Pompeo Vows to Embrace Diplomacy, but Pledges Tougher Line on Russia". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
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- Steven Ertelt, "President Bush Nominates Pro-Life Law Professor as Vatican Ambassador", Life News, November 5, 2007
- Harvard Law School: Learned Hand Professor of Law Mary Ann Glendon
- The Marian Library: Holy See's Final Statement at Women's Conference in Beijing
- University of Navarra: Mary Ann Glendon awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Navarra (in Spanish)
- The Pope’s New Feminism. March 1, 1997.
- Ecclesia in America: Reform, Renewal and the Role of the Laity in a Time of Turbulence. November 4, 2002.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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