Joe Biden meets Pope Francis at the Vatican in April 2016. (Photo: YouTube)
President-elect Joe Biden should choose a non-Catholic to be the next US ambassador to the Vatican.
However, the odds are heavily stacked in favor of him not doing that. Instead, they suggest he's likely to name one of his fellow Catholics to the post.
Eleven Americans have represented the United States to the Holy See since 1984, the year the two states formally established full diplomatic relations. And every one of those envoys has been a Catholic.
But there are very good — if counterintuitive — reasons why bucking that trend could actually be advantageous to Biden as well as to the country, the Vatican and the Church.