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How separate are church and state these days? Let’s ask a cardinal

  • 1960 In a speech on religion during his presidential run, noted Catholic John F. Kennedy famously argued the importance of the separation of church and state, saying “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who happens also to be a Catholic.”
  • 2011 Noted Catholic presidential candidate Rick Santorum said a few, uh, less famous words about the speech: ”I almost threw up. In my opinion it was the beginning of the secular movement of politicians to separate their faith from the public square.”
  • 2012 Noted Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered his take on both Kennedy’s quote and Santorum’s: “I find myself, believe it or not, agreeing with both of them.” Dolan explained that he thinks Kennedy’s speech has long been misinterpreted. source

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