Do Catholics Make Good Americans?
Until the election of a Catholic President in 1960, Catholics were long suspected of being un-American for their allegiance to a foreign Pope. Catholics have now largely assimilated to America, and yet Catholic teaching is at odds with significant aspects of both of the two major parties’ policies. Fifty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, we consider the question: should Catholics return to thinking of themselves as politically homeless in America? William Cavanaugh, PhD, is professor of Catholic Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University. His most recent book is Migrations of the Holy: God, State and the Political Meaning of the Church.