Relay in the representation of Spain before the Pope. Pedro Sánchez wants former minister Isabel Celaá as the new ambassador to the Holy See. The Foreign Ministry has already requested diplomatic approval and is waiting to receive a response from the Vatican, as confirmed by government sources to elDiario.es.
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Sánchez dispensed with Celaá in the profound remodeling of the Government that he undertook in July with which he sought a renewal of faces and a rejuvenation of the socialist wing of the Cabinet, but now he is accommodated in one of the juiciest positions of the diplomatic career .
A practicing Catholic, the former Minister of Education has been on the right wing for months because of the education law with which the Government repealed the ‘Wert law’ and which, among other issues, has taken weight off the subject of religion in the curriculum school by not counting for the average grade or having an alternative as it happened until now. By having imposed limits on the concerted, the ‘Celaá law’ has that sector on the warpath.
The also exporter of the Government during Sánchez’s first stage in Moncloa will replace María del Carmen de la Peña, a diplomat with extensive experience that previously led her to be an ambassador in Ethiopia, Seychelles, Djibouti, Qatar and as Permanent Observer before the African Union. The second woman to represent Spain before the Holy See is heading for retirement in a few months, according to government sources.
De la Peña’s appointment to the Vatican came three days before the former vice president Carmen Calvo will travel to Rome to interview him number two of Francisco I, Pietro Parolin, at a delicate moment for the relations between the Government and the Church in full negotiations for the exhumation of the remains of Franco from the Valley of the Fallen.
Relations with the Church have now been assumed by the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, who the contacts have already started with the episcopal conference for the objectives that the PSOE set for itself when it came to power and that have to be addressed in three subcommittees (the situation of unregistered assets that can be claimed by their legitimate owners; the payment of the IBI for the properties that they are not dedicated to worship and the Obra Pía in Rome).
The big issue that has been choking the PSOE for years is the review of the agreements with the Holy See. It is not even on the table that Celaá will have to address the Concordat. The revision of the agreements with the Vatican is a historic promise of the PSOE, but it does not appear in the programmatic agreement sealed with United We Can, which claims to renegotiate the agreements. Sánchez lowered his commitment to denouncing the Concordat at the last party congress in which the Socialists opted to carry it out with “dialogue” and “consensus” with the Church and the sources consulted acknowledge that there is no intention of activating this process.
Celaá, who before being a minister was Minister of Education in the Basque Country, where she had a long parliamentary career, will not be the first ambassador with a political aspect in the Vatican. The historical Galician socialist Paco Vázquez held that same position at the request of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Previously, the diplomat Jorge Dezcallar from the CNI had done it.