Kennedy Faith Speech

Catholic Candidates Argue Over Merits Of Speech

By Andrew Ivey | Speeches

Feb 28

Fifty-two years on from the John F. Kennedy faith speech in 1960 John F. Kennedy is making headlines in a Presidential nomination campaign. But it’s not the Democrat party campaign this time around. And nor is it the J.F. K inauguration speech.

J.F. Kennedy faith speech

J.F. Kennedy Faith Speech In Houston, TX September 1960

Fifty-two years after the speech by the Roman Catholic John F. Kennedy the unlikely pairing of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are arguing over the merits of the J.F. Kennedy faith speech. Once again. And this time? Well, Newt Gingrich appears broadly supportive and Rick Santorum claims that he’s never liked the speech.

J.F. Kennedy Faith Speech Appears To Matter To Roman Catholics?

Their argument is the product of two Roman Catholic candidates who seek the Grand Old Party’s presidential nomination. Of course, that’s not too dissimilar to John F. Kennedy’s quest for the White House in 1960.

Today, his September 1960 speech is far from controversial. In that it relates to the likely relationship between a Catholic president and the Pontiff in the Vatican, Rome. But at the time it was a hotly-debated matter.

An ambition to become a Roman Catholic President unites all three in this unholy trinity. John Kennedy, of course, made it to the White House after that faith speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.

Today’s candidates use that very same faith speech all these years later to explain their position on State versus Church. Will there be a miraculous ending? All these years after the Kennedy faith speech? Not so far. But you never just know in politics.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+

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