Labor party lawyer John McCarthy, QC, counsel for the New South Wales ALP and a friend of Foreign Minister Bob Carr, is to be appointed Australia's ambassador to the Vatican, reports The Age.
The appointment of Mr McCarthy, 64, will be controversial because of his Labor associations, but he also has impeccable Catholic connections, the newspaper said.
A devout church member, he has been involved in international Catholic organisations, received a Papal Knighthood in 2006 for services to the Catholic Church in Australia and the Australian community, has been to Rome numerous times and has a son in the priesthood.
One senior Labor source said there had been lobbying from supporters of Mr McCarthy for him to get the post.
Another source said consideration of his appointment had started when Mr Rudd was foreign minister, and that his name was taken forward by Senator Carr.
Vatican job goes to ALP's lawyer (The Age)
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