Catholic Candidates Argue over Merits of Kennedy Faith Speech

By Andrew Ivey | Speeches

Feb 28
John F. Kennedy speech

John F. Kennedy's speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in 1960

Fifty-two years on from his statement of 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.

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 speech. Newt Gingrich appears broadly supportive and Rick Santorum claims that he’s never liked the speech.

Their argument is the product of two Roman Catholic candidates seeking the Grand Old Party’s presidential nomination…not too dissimilar to John F. Kennedy’s quest for the White House in 1960.

Today, his September 1960 speech is far from controversial, relating 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 made it to the White House after that speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.

Today’s candidates use that very same speech all these years later to explain their position on State versus Church. Will there be a miraculous ending?

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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+