Hearing the vast crowds that showed up to see it one senses the passion and the power that the Catholic Church still holds, but is this soft power reason enough to continue full diplomatic relations? In short do we still need an ambassador to the Vatican?
The United States has only had an Ambassador to the Holy See for 30 years. President Reagan saw value in engaging the Vatican to take on communism. The Cold War ended, so is there still a need for the diplomatic position?
In The new book "The Global Vatican" the history of the U.S. and the Catholic Church are explored through diplomacy.
- Ambassador Francis Rooney, Former ambassador to the Holy See and author of the book "The Global Vatican."