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  •  Santorum is an admirer of Opus Dei (1+ / 0-)
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    We have to take him at his word that he's not a member, just an admirer. I think that where he gets his extremist beliefs.

    He traveled to Rome in 2002 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Opus Dei's founder. He was interviewed by the National Catholic Reporter.

    Opus Dei prestige on display at centenary event

    One point that became clear during the Congress was how Opus Dei-inspired politicians tend to apply Escriva’s emphasis on finding holiness in work. A key theme of the gathering was the need for “coherence” between faith and politics, which in practical terms means taking one’s cues from the Catholic church on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and cloning.

    American VIPs included Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J., a member of Opus Dei’s Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, and U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, Republican of Pennsylvania. Santorum told NCR he is not a member of Opus Dei, but an admirer of Escriva.

    This is when he said Kennedy caused “much harm in America.”
    In contemporary Western debates, this idea of unity between faith and political allegiance often puts Opus Dei-inspired politicians on the right.

    Santorum was a forceful champion of this view. He told NCR that a distinction between private religious conviction and public responsibility, enshrined in John Kennedy’s famous speech in 1960 saying he would not take orders from the Catholic church if elected president, has caused “much harm in America.”

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