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America's 12 Most Influential Catholics
CNN Belief ^ | 03/03/2012 | Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Posted on 03/04/2012 4:58:44 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Anyone who is old enough to remember Sen. John F. Kennedy’s run for president in 1960 knows that this used to be not just a Christian country, but a Protestant one. Admittedly, the Constitution makes the United States secular by law, but for most of our history, we have been Protestant by choice.

All that has changed in recent years. We now have a Catholic speaker of the House (John Boehner), a Catholic House minority leader (Nancy Pelosi) and a Catholic vice president (Joe Biden). Six of the nine justices on the Supreme Court are Catholics. And that guy duking it out with Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination? Rick Santorum is Catholic, too.

It wasn’t so long ago that U.S. Protestants were burning down Catholic convents to protest efforts by the Vatican to infiltrate American society and take it over from within. Today, you don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to see that Catholics now occupy some of the most powerful positions in the land.

Which leads me to today’s top 12 list of America’s most influential Catholics:

1-6: Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor

I know that justices are supposed to stick to interpreting the law rather than making it, especially if they adhere to the judicial philosophy of “original intent,” but I’m not buying it. When it comes to “judicial activism,” there are really only two kinds of judges: those who know they are acting and those who wrongly imagine they are not.

Throughout U.S. history, the Supreme Court has played nearly as important a role as the presidency on the race question, and a more important role than the U.S. Congress.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholics; mostinfluential

1 posted on 03/04/2012 4:58:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And lets not forget the muzzy president hell bent on destroying our country with the help of the rino catholics.


2 posted on 03/04/2012 5:01:23 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pelosi, Biden, and Sebelius.

As my Irish grandmother used to say

may the devil take their souls


3 posted on 03/04/2012 5:08:33 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: nascarnation
Pelosi, Biden, and Sebelius.

Canon Law 915 - Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion.

4 posted on 03/04/2012 5:21:09 PM PST by Mrs. Frogjerk
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To: Mrs. Frogjerk

Really raises my blood pressure that these high profile Rats are identified as Catholics by the media.


5 posted on 03/04/2012 5:25:54 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sounds like you are a died in the wool bigot. It used to be a Protestant country... it also was an Indian country and before that a White neolithic country (Sun and Moon and Star worshipers?). Deal with today. The fact that they are Catholic is irrelevant. I am sure you remember the KKK no doubt too.

IMHO The Catholic Church has been remiss in ex communicating certain Catholics based on the church's teachings - Pelosi; Ted Kennedy etc... or was the Church steering a path to ensure separation of Church and Country?

When I grew up, the USMC was often referred to the US “MC”, or Irish Marines (mostly Catholics but we like our brother Left Footers, said in a spirit of brotherhood). In WWII Catholics numbered 25% of the population, but 33% of the front lines. Hmmm, perhaps the bigotry you set forth is just a continuation. GET REAL!... or take your meds.

6 posted on 03/04/2012 5:28:51 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: Tuketu

By YOU I mean the CNN blogger. But anger blurred my typing


7 posted on 03/04/2012 5:31:17 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: nascarnation
Pelosi, Biden, and Sebelius. As my Irish grandmother used to say may the devil take their souls

may the devil take their souls, and the lawyers take their lands....

8 posted on 03/04/2012 5:38:13 PM PST by Castlebar
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To: Tuketu
In WWII Catholics numbered 25% of the population, but 33% of the front lines.

Do you have the source for that? I know that WWII was a war fought by draftees, but Southerners are so drawn to combat arms, that the number surprises me.

9 posted on 03/04/2012 7:16:48 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum Catholic “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he said)
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To: SeekAndFind
It wasn’t so long ago that U.S. Protestants were burning down Catholic convents to protest efforts by the Vatican to infiltrate American society and take it over from within.

Uh, when exactly did THAT happen?

10 posted on 03/04/2012 8:06:15 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SeekAndFind

did they bother to notice Mother Angelica and Father Mitch?


11 posted on 03/04/2012 11:41:28 PM PST by LadyDoc
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To: SuziQ

Actually in 1830s and ‘40s. After that the Irish were too numerous to take head on, even in their impoverished state.


12 posted on 03/04/2012 11:52:10 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: SuziQ

Actually in 1830s and ‘40s. After that the Irish were too numerous to take head on, even in their impoverished state.


13 posted on 03/04/2012 11:52:17 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: LadyDoc

Mother who? ;)


14 posted on 03/04/2012 11:53:10 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: ansel12

I went to a Catholic school. I learned that there. Sorry I do not have a readable source, but I have no reason to doubt it. At least we weren’t the Red Ball express and made a prime target.


15 posted on 03/07/2012 5:53:49 AM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: Tuketu

Sorry but I need a source for that, saying that you heard it as a kid, is not a source.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 9:27:48 AM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: ansel12

Sorry, but you want to define “is” as in research it yourself if you doubt it.


17 posted on 03/11/2012 8:26:44 PM PDT by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: Tuketu

So you made it up, that is why I asked for a source, it sounded like you did.


18 posted on 03/17/2012 1:17:54 AM PDT by ansel12 (SANTORUM-(not Romney) "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress")
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To: SeekAndFind

In no particular order and no particular faithfulness but no doubt influential:

Frank Sinatra
Vince Lombardi
Joe DiMaggio
Mother Angelica
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Dave Brubeck
Al Capone
Saint Mother Seton
Babe Ruth
Bob Hope
Alfred Hitchcock (dual citizen 1956)


19 posted on 03/17/2012 2:05:44 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: ansel12

Your claim that I “made it up” is just a promotion of your bigotry. Guess you cannot do research.


20 posted on 03/23/2012 8:10:24 PM PDT by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: Tuketu

Discuss the issues all you want, but do not make it personal.


21 posted on 03/23/2012 8:27:50 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: SeekAndFind

Which leads me to today’s top 12 list of America’s most influential Catholics:

1-6: Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor

7: Speaker of the House John Boehner

8. Vice President Joe Biden

9. Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania

10. Archbishop Timothy Dolan

11. Stephen Colbert

12. Blogger Andrew Sullivan

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22 posted on 03/23/2012 10:10:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Biden is a CINO dimocrat. I would replace him with Jeb Bush or Newt Gingrich.


23 posted on 03/23/2012 10:15:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Tuketu

I’m not claiming anything, I am asking you to explain and substantiate this claim of yours.


24 posted on 03/23/2012 11:01:51 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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To: ansel12; Tuketu

I have read the same or similar statistics for years. I am sure that you can easily find it.


25 posted on 03/23/2012 11:36:28 PM PDT by saradippity
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To: SeekAndFind

Pelosi and Biden aren’t Catholic. Andrew Sullivan damn well isn’t Catholic. They may SAY they are, but they aren’t.


26 posted on 03/23/2012 11:42:21 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: SuziQ
1840's in many cities in the Northeast. New York and Philly I know off the top of my head. I'm pretty sure Boston as well.
27 posted on 03/23/2012 11:46:00 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: saradippity; Tuketu

Show your sources or quit claiming it, it is not our job to prove every internet claim made by strangers.

On freerepublic (and all conservative sites), we are expected to support our own posts of supposed facts and history.


28 posted on 03/23/2012 11:49:02 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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To: ansel12
You've made your point - don't badger a Freeper with the same question again and again. That is a form of "making it personal."

Discuss the issues all you want, but do not make it personal.

29 posted on 03/24/2012 8:35:01 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Religion Moderator; saradippity

I forgot that this was religion, but are we required to accept un sourced WWII statistics as facts, when badgered to?

saradippity made his post to me on WWII history and I requested his source for the statistic, that is badgering?


30 posted on 03/24/2012 10:33:06 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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To: ansel12
Asking a poster the same question over and over again is badgering, a form of "making it personal."

If the poster cannot or will not answer your question after a few attempts, then it is sufficient to declare your point and move to something else. In this case, you might say "Since you have not provided a source in response to my requests, the statement that blah will be presumed false."

31 posted on 03/24/2012 11:25:42 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: ansel12

...and I do not answer to you


32 posted on 03/26/2012 4:08:09 PM PDT by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: Tuketu

Since you have not provided a source in response to my requests, the statement that blah will be presumed false.


33 posted on 03/31/2012 9:11:02 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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To: Tuketu

If you would post that freepmail you sent me, onto this thread, I think that it would give a whole new meaning to vile, personal attack.


34 posted on 04/07/2012 1:53:41 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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