So the Vatican has rejected several candidates proposed by the Obama administration as US Ambassador, because of the candidates’ progressive views on abortion. One must ask why we bother to even appoint an ambassador to this anachronistic “sovereign” entity, ground zero for magical thinking in a world that – one hopes – has evolved beyond the mindless, faith-based ignorance of organized religions. Do we have, e.g., ambassadors to Buddhism, Islam, Bahai, Hindu or Zoroastrian principalities? Of course not. Thus, I propose we follow old Josef Stalin’s pithy challenge to the pope of his era: “How many divisions does he have?”. Would a US ambassador to the Vatican be able to secure a battalion of Swiss Guards to join the fight against Al Queda terrorists in Afghanistan? If not, then let’s focus our energies on sovereign entities/allies that can carry their weight in a dangerous world. Let some junior deputy assistant undersecretary of state for cultural and religious affairs engage with the Vatican. No need for an ambassador here.