The Vatican has denied US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo an viewers with Pope Francis.
The Holy See mentioned the Pontiff doesn’t obtain politicians throughout an election interval.
The transfer provides to a diplomatic row following feedback by Mr Pompeo about China and the Catholic Church.
The Vatican accused Mr Pompeo of attempting to make use of that situation to draw voters in November’s US presidential election.
In an article earlier this month, Mr Pompeo mentioned the Catholic Church was risking its “moral authority” by renewing an settlement with China relating to the appointment of bishops.
Donald Trump receives assist from conservative spiritual actions, together with conservative Catholic voters, a few of whom suppose Pope Francis is just too liberal.
At the time Pope Francis mentioned he hoped the deal “will allow the wounds of the past to be overcome” and produce about full Catholic unity in China.
The settlement is anticipated to be renewed subsequent month within the face of opposition from some Catholics, together with within the US.
In a speech on Wednesday in Rome Mr Pompeo referred to as on the Vatican to defend spiritual freedom in China, saying “nowhere is religious freedom under assault more than in China.”
The Vatican’s two high diplomats, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Foreign Minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher, mentioned Pope Francis won’t obtain Mr Pompeo.
“The Pope had already said clearly that political figures are not received in election periods. That is the reason,” Cardinal Parolin mentioned, based on AFP information company.
The two politicians additionally described Mr Pompeo’s public criticism of the Pope as a shock and Archbishop Gallagher commented that points for dialogue must be negotiated “privately”.
Cardinal Parolin additionally mentioned it’s potential Mr Pompeo’s feedback had been designed to encourage Catholics to assist Mr Trump on the polls in November.
“Some have interpreted it this way – that the comments were above all for domestic political use. I don’t have proof of this but certainly this is one way of looking at it,” he urged.
He added that the Vatican’s take care of China is nothing to do with the US.