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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:32 PM

The Catholic takeover of the U.S. is almost complete

December 19, 2012, 9:31 am
Posted by David Gibson

At MOJ, Michael Moreland notes:

Upon the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii (a war hero from WWII, leaving Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey the sole remaining WWII veteran in Congress), Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont becomes the President pro tempore of the Senate and, I believe, the first Catholic to hold the position. Indeed, if Senator John Kerry is nominated and confirmed to be Secretary of State, the four offices in line of succession to the presidency will all be held by Catholics: Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, Senator Leahy, and Secretary Kerry.


UPDATE: My original post had a “slight correction” to Moreland’s post, noting that Sen. Allan J. Ellender (d. 1972) of Louisiana was actually the first Catholic president pro tempore of the Senate.

But Michael has done real research, and adds:

Ellender was baptized a Catholic but later listed himself as a Presbyterian and belonged to no church in his adult life. See Thomas Becnel, Senator Allen Ellender of Louisiana: A Biography (LSU Press, 1995), 149-50. But I take the modification to my earlier post.


Still, with six Catholics on the Supreme Court, Charles C. Marshall must be rolling in his grace. And the poor U.S. bishops — they say Catholics haven’t had it this bad since the persecutions of Diocletian. That could be a tougher sell now than it was in November.

http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=22385

It's all going according to plan.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:21 PM

1. Tsch. Such foot-dragging.

That was supposed to happen back in 1960.

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Response to okasha (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:28 PM

2. Vatrican II slowed us down.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:38 PM

3. I am old enough to remember the talk that a Catholic candidate could never win...

That was why Kennedy was so revered by the Catholics in my town.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:19 PM

5. I remember that election too.

In my neighborhood that fact that he was Irish as well as Catholic boosted him in people's eyes.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:16 PM

4. Except for Boehner, no complaints on those in line

(Well, they are a little long in the tooth).
Thank goodness Supremes aren't in that line, Catholic or otherwise.

Still, it would be better if our elected (and not Catholic) President serves out his term.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:20 PM

6. Me either. But it's a striking demographic.

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