Sunday, February 03, 2008

Politics and the pulpit

Considering the source:

"INTRODUCTION: Pope Benedict XVI's recently announced visit to the United States in April is a reminder of the role anti-Catholicism has played in presidential politics.

Notre Dame Professor Richard Garnett traces the political history of anti-Catholicism, the effect of then-presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy's famous 1960 speech to Baptist ministers, and the role of candidates' religious beliefs in today's campaign."


"Thankfully, we live in a time when no one feels the need to take up arms against Benedict's invading armies. We should always be on guard, though, against the temptation to demonize, dismiss or distort the beliefs and aspirations of those whose faith seems foreign to us."

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