If you live in the Twin Cities and have ever wondered about the origins of today's nominally Catholic politicians--like Kerry, Kennedy, Snowe, and Durbin among others--who seem to take their Church's teachings on life issues about as seriously as they do Jon Stewart's commentary on the Daily Show, there's an event in town tomorrow night that you may want to attend:
THE KENNEDY COMPROMISE: How America's First Catholic President Inaugurated an Era of Compartmentalized Faith in Politics
Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 7:00 pm
The Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul
Free and open to the public
When President John F. Kennedy addressed a skeptical and largely anti-Catholic crowd at the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September 1960, he promised that he would sever his Catholic faith from his political decisions. That promise propelled him to election as America's first Catholic President. It also influenced a generation of aspiring Catholic politicians, by encouraging a gap between private faith and public service that has widened to a chasm in the ensuing four decades. Author and former presidential speechwriter Colleen Carroll Campbell will chronicle the development of this separation between faith and works in Catholic politics, its consequences for the Church and the culture, and the possibilities for a more integrated public witness by Catholic politicians in the years to come.