I’ve been of the opinion since his intent to convert was first publicized, and the notion of his mounting a presidential campaign at that time was derided as ridiculous, with replies to that effect posted right here on FR, that the ambitious schemer was scheming ambitiously once again. He’d worn out his welcome on the southern evangelical coattails that he rode upon to prominence two decades ago, and he’s prematurely cogitated plopped himself astride another set in order to ride once again, to the pinnacle of political prominence in this nation.
Too bad he’s counted his amnesty chickens before they hatched, though. That’s the flaw in his calculation. Timing. All those newly-minted voters, not there, not yet. Alas.
He will embarrass Catholics before the primary is done, imho. Every motivation he’s ever exhibited is driven by self. He’s already gone against his newfound church on conception at birth. Fancy rationalizations have always been his justification, and that has not changed, at all.
Look at the string of betrayals public and private with this man, and see that it continues after converting to your church. Supporting him on that basis has no basis in reality. It’s stagecraft.
So, yes, it’s a new political era for Catholics to an extent, but perhaps not to the extent intended by the author. Overt pandering during a Presidential election is a new experience.
I’m sure you see the irony in your completely un-Catholic conclusions.