When presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed a speech to a group of Protestant ministers in Houston, it was largely to calm fears that America’s first Catholic president would be beholden to the pope.

“I believe in an America where the separation between church and state is absolute,” Kennedy told the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September of 1960. “Where no Catholic prelate would tell a president, should he be Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote.”

Fifty-two years later, Republican contender Rick Santorum hopes to become America’s second Catholic president. However Santorum takes exception to Kennedy’s view, going so far as to say that speech made him want to “throw up.”

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Santorum explained Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment.”

Continue Reading on www.kvue.com