When America Elected Its First Catholic President

In 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy gave a speech to a group of Protestant ministers. At that time, many Protestants questioned whether Kennedy’s Roman Catholic faith would allow him to make national decisions independently of his church. Here is part of that historic speech:


“I believe in an America that is neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official requests or accepts policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; 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 all.”