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Old Mar 24, '06, 12:47 am
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Default Catholic Presidents... how many have we had?

I'm wondering how many Catholic Presidents have we had here in the US? Only one I can think of is John F Kennedy? Were there any others?
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Old Mar 24, '06, 1:10 am
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Eh! I found the answer. Wasn't happy with it either. Oh well.

# President Religion
1 George Washington Episcopalian (Deist)
2 John Adams Congregationalist (raised); Unitarian
3 Thomas Jefferson raised Episcopalian; later no specific denomination
held Christian, Deist, Unitarian beliefs
4 James Madison Episcopalian (deist?)
5 James Monroe Episcopalian (deist?)
6 John Quincy Adams Unitarian
7 Andrew Jackson Presbyterian
8 Martin Van Buren Dutch Reformed
9 William Henry Harrison Episcopalian
10 John Tyler Episcopalian (deist)
11 James Knox Polk Presbyterian; Methodist
12 Zachary Taylor Episcopalian
13 Millard Fillmore Unitarian
14 Franklin Pierce Episcopalian
15 James Buchanan Presbyterian
16 Abraham Lincoln raised Baptist; later no specific denomination (deist)
17 Andrew Johnson Christian (no specific denomination)
18 Ulysses S Grant Presbyterian; Methodist
19 Rutherford B. Hayes Presbyterian; Methodist (?)
20 James A. Garfield Disciples of Christ
21 Chester A. Arthur Episcopalian
22 Grover Cleveland Presbyterian
23 Benjamin Harrison Presbyterian
24 Grover Cleveland Presbyterian
25 William McKinley Methodist
26 Theodore Roosevelt Dutch Reformed; Episcopalian
27 William Howard Taft Unitarian
28 Woodrow Wilson Presbyterian
29 Warren G. Harding Baptist
30 Calvin Coolidge Congregationalist
31 Herbert Hoover Quaker
32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Episcopalian
33 Harry S. Truman Southern Baptist
34 Dwight D. Eisenhower River Brethren; Jehovah's Witnesses; Presbyterian
35 John F. Kennedy Catholic
36 Lyndon B. Johnson Disciples of Christ
37 Richard M. Nixon Quaker
38 Gerald Ford Episcopalian
39 Jimmy Carter Baptist (former Southern Baptist)
40 Ronald Reagan Disciples of Christ; Presbyterian
41 George H. W. Bush Episcopalian
42 William Jefferson Clinton Baptist
43 George W. Bush Methodist (former Episcopalian)


source: http://www.adherents.com/adh_presidents.html
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Old Mar 24, '06, 5:15 am
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There is some evidence that George Washington may have had strong sympathies for Catholicism, and may have converted toward the end of his life, but this is not conclusive. In any case, if true, his conversion would have occurred after he was out of office, so would not affect the list.
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Old Mar 24, '06, 7:28 am
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Default Re: Catholic Presidents... how many have we had?

Was Eisenhower really a JW? I don't understand how that could be because JW's aren't allowed to even vote.. politics is considered to be of Satan.. being President would be big time.

Any history buffs know the details?
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Old Mar 24, '06, 7:32 am
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Nevermind.. I read the link (thanks) and it stated that Eisenhower's parents were JW's - his father left the organization after the failed prophecy of 1914.. as did all of their children, eventually.. but his mother stayed a JW until her death.

How sad for her.. she would've never been able to be proud of the fact that her son was President of the United States.
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Old Mar 24, '06, 8:04 am
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Keep in mind there was no way a Catholic was going to be elected. The country was and remains very anti-Catholic.

Only recently have Catholics made inroads into political power. Most did this by running on the same platform as JFK. I am Catholic in private, I won't answer to the Pope, and my Catholicism will not affect the way I vote. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry are great examples of this.
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Yep JFK was the only one. Al Smith would have been and he was favored to win. It's a shame, that we can't get a good Catholic guy or gal elected previously or since.

Jeb Bush is Catholic, and he is at least a second degree member of the KofC. BUT we are not allowed to use our membership for political purposes... too bad.
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Yep JFK was the only one. Al Smith would have been and he was favored to win. It's a shame, that we can't get a good Catholic guy or gal elected previously or since.

Jeb Bush is Catholic, and he is at least a second degree member of the KofC. BUT we are not allowed to use our membership for political purposes... too bad.
Catholics need to have more kids while the rest have less.
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"A man of conscience, is one who never acquires tolerance, well- being, success, public standing, and approval on the part of prevailing opinion, at the expense of truth."
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Old Mar 24, '06, 10:36 am
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I dont know if this is true or not, but I once heard that Abraham Licoln was a closet Catholic.
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I always hear of our founding fathers being "Diest." What in the world is a diest?
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Old Mar 24, '06, 11:27 am
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I always hear of our founding fathers being "Diest." What in the world is a diest?
Deist: One who believes in the existence of a God, but denies revealed religion; a freethinker.
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Old Mar 24, '06, 11:43 am
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I dont know if this is true or not, but I once heard that Abraham Licoln was a closet Catholic.
I always thought he was a great guy, that explains it.
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Yep JFK was the only one. Al Smith would have been and he was favored to win. It's a shame, that we can't get a good Catholic guy or gal elected previously or since.

Jeb Bush is Catholic, and he is at least a second degree member of the KofC. BUT we are not allowed to use our membership for political purposes... too bad.
hmmmmmmmmmm did not know he was a fellow Knight? He must be adopted.....
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I always hear of our founding fathers being "Diest." What in the world is a diest?
1. What do Deists believe?

There are two basic features that distinguish Deism from either Atheism or Theism. They are summed up in Thomas Paine's assertion, "God exists, and there it lies."

"God exists...": Deists view the order and architecture of the universe as indications of a conscious designer.
"...and there it lies.": Deism as a philosophy makes no positive assertions about the nature of that designer. It rather leaves it up to the individual to speculate based upon empirical observations of the universe and personal reason (reason being seen as a sacred gift from God). Deists tend to view with extreme suspicion any efforts to claim divine authority, whether it be claiming to speak for God directly, being part of an order allegedly favored by God or citing so-called "sacred scripture" allegedly written by those who allegedly spoke for God. Only God speaks for God.

Specific beliefs beyond these two features will vary from one Deist to the next. A person's perception of reason is relative. Each mind is a unique combination of the myriad forces of God's creation of the universe and the laws of nature. Thus, there is no uniform belief about the nature of God. There is no set creed, no dogma, and there are no religious authorities who dictate beliefs or behavior in Deism.

It would be a paradox to claim that reason is a sacred gift of God and then proclaim a uniform set of credos that all must subscribe to.
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Old Mar 24, '06, 12:23 pm
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It's interesting that people cite that the Constitution is based on Biblical Morals when you look at it thoroughly that it is based on Diesm and Unitarism.
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