this article once again makes me wonder why the u.s. gives diplomatic recognition to one particular religion when it doesn't do the same for any other.
i realize the vatican state is something of a historical anachronism. and i realize that cutting diplomatic ties with the vatican after treating it like a real country for this long would probably be viewed as some kind of slap at catholicism. so that's probably the answer to my question in the first paragraph.
it still seems pretty ridiculous to me.