Vatican Vetoes U.S. Ambassador Nominees

The Vatican has reportedly rejected at least three of President Barack Obama’s candidates for U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

“Papal advisers told Mr. Obama’s aides privately that the candidates failed to meet the Vatican’s most basic qualification on the abortion issue,” The Washington Times reported.

According to the article, a country is free “to appoint the ambassador of its choice but that the pope is free to reject a proposed envoy if he believes the candidate would ‘fail to improve relations’ with the Catholic city-state.”

Americans United warned against the establishment of U.S.-Vatican ties when they were proposed during the Reagan administration. AU argued that for the U.S. government to have formal diplomatic relations with a church clearly violates the separation of church and state.