Do you remember Archbp. Charles Chaput’s great talk in Texas about then candidate John F. Kennedy’s infamous speech in which he sold out his Catholic identity for the sake of life in the public square? Do you remember that then-candidate Rick Santorum took flack for criticizing JFK’s speech?
Ah… the Kennedy’s.
You know of course that to its eternal shame the Jesuit-run Georgetown University was invited to speak even though she is the architect of Pres. Obama’s attack on the 1st Amendment and on the Catholic Church through the “HHS mandate”.
Read this to sharpen your already honed sense of irony.
SEBELIUS INVOKES JFK
May 18, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ address at Georgetown University today:
Kathleen Sebelius quoted selectively from John F. Kennedy’s 1960 address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. She said she shares Kennedy’s vision of America “where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials—and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against us all.”
This was obviously meant as a shot at those bad bishops who allegedly want to impose their will on the public.
In that same speech, however, Kennedy said, “I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”
Perhaps someone can gently explain to Sebelius why this shows JFK’s astonishing prescience.
Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
PS: I always thought that the episode I cited at the top was one of the dumbest moments of the series.