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Old Aug 15, '11, 3:35 pm
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Default Why was Kennedy the only Catholic president?

Never a Jewish president either. I find this very odd!
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Are you surprised, friend? The original thirteen colonies were founded by all sorts of Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Puritans, and other Protestants. Any given Catholic population or Jewish population was ruled over by the Reformers in all walks of life. Part of the reason the Founding Fathers put in a clause forbidding the creation of a State Church was because of all the problems they had with the actually-established Church of England! It harassed them at all turns, but they remained loyal regardless.

Jews and Catholics were the perfidious undermining agents of foreign states, to the early Americans. It set the roots and foundations of the whole attitude of that nation.
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Old Aug 15, '11, 3:59 pm
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Are you surprised, friend? The original thirteen colonies were founded by all sorts of Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Puritans, and other Protestants. Any given Catholic population or Jewish population was ruled over by the Reformers in all walks of life. Part of the reason the Founding Fathers put in a clause forbidding the creation of a State Church was because of all the problems they had with the actually-established Church of England! It harassed them at all turns, but they remained loyal regardless.

Jews and Catholics were the perfidious undermining agents of foreign states, to the early Americans. It set the roots and foundations of the whole attitude of that nation.
We're getting too old (and mature) as a nation to let these factors influence who get elected president.
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Was Nixon a Methodist?
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Was Nixon a Methodist?
He was raised in a Quaker home.
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We're getting too old (and mature) as a nation to let these factors influence who get elected president.
I agree that the times are changing. Witness Obama. We may have a Mormon President next. A woman after that perhaps. I don't see why we don't have another Catholic President either, since Kennedy's election broke the ice, so to speak. Perhaps a Jewish President in the near future, but please not one like Lieberman. Or an Asian, Hispanic, or Native American male or female. It just takes some time to tear down the deeply-ingrained prejudiced attitudes that have for too long formed the bedrock of our nation.
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i dont have a real answer to this question. it just happened and now obama is the first black president. there really is no answer. some day maybe a woman president. wh know?
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It is pretty much by chance that we haven't had a catholic president since Kennedy broke through that barrier such a long time ago.. I would certainly welcome another catholic as president, but it is pretty minor when so many of the top politicians in both parties are catholic and we are highly over represented in terms of members of the courts. While there will always be haters of the church, they have been pretty much marginalized in mainstream politics.
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The answer is clear once you've developed a sense of history and culture. In recent generations, we like to think we are totally independent and unconnected with the things of the past. It is truer than it used to be, but change is slower than most folks think.

The very English language is, in many ways, hostile to a catholic mode of thinking. The entire thrust of English speaking history is STRONGLY influenced (still today) by anti-catholic prejudice. Words like indulgence, magisterial, church (and many others that don't spring to the front of my leaky mind) have inappropriate definitions in English largely due to misunderstandings or disagreemens Anglos have had with catholicism over the centuries. Once I started to comprehend this, I realized how valuable it is for the church to retain her own sacred language (Latin).

The remaining hostility in this country towards catholicism may be largely based on an explicit conflict of values, but it is fertilized by an underlying legacy in the culture.
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The answer is clear once you've developed a sense of history and culture. In recent generations, we like to think we are totally independent and unconnected with the things of the past. It is truer than it used to be, but change is slower than most folks think.

The very English language is, in many ways, hostile to a catholic mode of thinking. The entire thrust of English speaking history is STRONGLY influenced (still today) by anti-catholic prejudice. Words like indulgence, magisterial, church (and many others that don't spring to the front of my leaky mind) have inappropriate definitions in English largely due to misunderstandings or disagreemens Anglos have had with catholicism over the centuries. Once I started to comprehend this, I realized how valuable it is for the church to retain her own sacred language (Latin).

The remaining hostility in this country towards catholicism may be largely based on an explicit conflict of values, but it is fertilized by an underlying legacy in the culture.
Interesting post. The workd inquisition inter alia could be added to your list.

You point to two discrete problems.

1 The Black Legend
2. Kulturkamph especially abortion.

Essentially both Protestants and secularists ahve ingrained anti catholic views. Much of the loathing of Michelle Bachmann is anti Catholic
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iit just happened and now obama is the first black president.
Don't forget that Toni Morrison referred to Bill Clinton as the first black president :-)
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Probably because that President was murdered and most of us are scared. I don't really know though. Probably because not of us have really been engaging in politics or economics in line with Catholic Social Teaching. If we stuck to Catholic Social Teaching, which has the best philosophy for engaging in social issues, you would see a Catholic Revolution in this country and all over the world. A nonviolent revolution of course. Study up on Catholic teaching. A good place to start would be the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church by the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace. It can be found for free on the Vatican website, and on online sites such as Amazon for a decent price as well as in most good Catholic bookstores. I have never personally seen it in any Protestant or nonreligious bookstores, but who knows, maybe it will be stocked in the future if it becomes more popular and commonly read. I think this document is a true Classic of Catholic literature.
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We are unlikely to get another one in the near future.
When JFK ran there was a bit of anti-Catholic sentiment still around, but he won more than he lost. A serious Catholic can not support either abortion or gay marriage ruining his chance of running as a Democrat and he wouldn't be anti-government enough for a Republican.
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We are unlikely to get another one in the near future.
When JFK ran there was a bit of anti-Catholic sentiment still around, but he won more than he lost. A serious Catholic can not support either abortion or gay marriage ruining his chance of running as a Democrat and he wouldn't be anti-government enough for a Republican.
Probably because the only thing Catholics talk about are gay marriage and abortion. Where are the real Catholic politicans like Kennedy who talked about ALL social issues that effect us, and not just a couple single issues, which although very important, aren't all there is to organize around?
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Probably because the only thing Catholics talk about are gay marriage and abortion. Where are the real Catholic politicans like Kennedy who talked about ALL social issues that effect us, and not just a couple single issues, which although very important, aren't all there is to organize around?
Even if the Catholic candidate focuses on social justice he'll still lose because being in favor of abortion and gay marriage is practically a requirement for nomination
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