BY HUW TWISTON DAVIES
HARLES MOORE, the journalst and Catholic convert, has efused to rule out the possiility that he will be the next ritish Ambassador to the oly See.
Mr Moore, the authorised io grapher of Baroness hatcher, is rumoured to be n the frame to replace rance s Campbell as the ritish Government’s man n Vatican City.
He told The Catholic erald, however, that he had ot been formally pproached for the job.
But he added: “This is the irs t I’ve heard of it, but bviou sly, as a Catholic, I ccept the possibility of iracles .” At 54 years, Mr Moore is mong the youngest candiates suggested for the job, nd one of the few not to ome from the ranks of the ou s e of Lords. The av ourite , Lord Patten of arnes , is 66.
Other names being entioned include Michael ncram , the former Tory rontbencher, and Marquess f Lothian; John Gummer, he former Tory MP and eneral Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, the former head of the armed forces.
Lord Camoys, the former Lord Chamberlain and the first Catholic Lord Chamberlain since the Reformation, is also considered a possible candidate.
Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe was offered the position but suddenly withdrew after she underwent emergency surgery for a detached retina.
Mr Moore has edited the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph and the Spectator and at present writes for both the Telegraph and the Spectator.
He has met the present Pope before and said he was impressed by the his “embarrassing courtesy”. At the meeting Mr Moore had handed the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger a copy of an article detailing his conversion. Rather than put it to one side, the future Pope read it in front of him.
Eton-educated Mr Moore read history at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He is chairman of Policy Exchange, a conservative think-tank and was fined in May this year for refusing to buy a television licence.