Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

Home » Archives » July 2004 » Why Kerry is reticent about religion....

[« Speaking of attention to detail....] [It's not just the statistics, it's the interpretation »]

07/16/2004: Why Kerry is reticent about religion....

Melanie Matson, over at Just a Bump in the Beltway gives us an insight into why Sen. Kerry isn't as "in yer face" about his Catholicism as Bush is about his religion:

This has been making me nuts for a while and I'm glad to have a chance to address it. John Kerry is a "cradle" Catholic. For folks outside the Roman church, there are some things about us taught at our mother's knees that you don't know about us. One of the most important is that you don't talk about your faith. In Catholic circles, humility is a virtue, one notably lacking at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. One doesn't make either claims or assumptions about one's own faith or the faith of others. God will sort it all out.

Kerry has the additional burden of having the experience of a pre Vatican II America, which was still (and is slightly to this day) anti-Catholic in the popular culture. No wonder he is reticent to talk about his faith.

And then their is the secular press, which trumpets John Edward's sit-in-the-front-pew Methodism while not knowing what to make of Kerry's Eucharist every week Catholicism. Hey, secular journos: they aren't different things. Lord, you guys cover religion badly.
Having myself been born and raised a pre-Vatican II Catholic, I can verify this (though, dammit, now I'm miffed that I didn't come to this insight independently. Oh well, you can't be on top of the game all the time, though I wish I could be on top of it more than once every couple decades or so).

Len on 07.16.04 @ 12:02 PM CST

New Comment

July 2004

Archives of Blogger site

Powered by gm-rss

Len's sidebar:
About Len (The uncondensed version)
Memorial to a dear friend
Frederick W. Benteen
The Web of Leonards
The St. Louis Cardinals
The Memphis Redbirds
The St. Louis Browns
The Birdwatch
Hey! Spring of Trivia Blog
BlogMemphis (The Commercial Appeal's listing of Memphis blogs)
The Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Len's extended blogroll:

Brock's Sidebar:
About Brock
Boing Boing
Crooked Timber
Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Heretical Ideas
John and Belle Have a Blog
Jon Rowe
Letters of Marque
Literal Minded
Marginal Revolution
Matthew Yglesias
Oliver Willis
Political Animal
Positive Liberty
Signifying Nothing
Unqualified Offerings

Karen's Sidebar
About Karen
The Ig-Nobel Prizes
The Annals of Improbable Research
The Darwin Awards
EBaums World
Real Clear Politics
U.S. News Wire
Foreign Affairs
The Capitol Steps
Legal Affairs
Nobel Laureates for Change
Program On International Policy
Law of War
Sunday Times
Media Matters
Is That Legal?
Andrew Sullivan
Literal Minded
Jon Rowe
Freespace Blog
Thought Not
Publius Pundit
Blog Maverick
Rosenberg Blog
Crooked Timber

The Rocky Top Brigade:

Rocky Top Brigade Sampler

A New Memphis Mafia

The liberal alternative to Drudge.

Get Firefox!

Cardinals Countdowns:
Days until pitchers and catchers report:
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

Days until first Grapefruit League game (3/3/05; @ NYM):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

Days until Opening Day (4/5/05; @ HOU):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

Days until Home Opener (4/8/05; vs. PHI):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

How many visitors are here:

Blogrings/Blog indexes/Blog search:
« ? Verbosity # »

Listed on Blogwise
Popdex Citations
Blog Search Engine

Greymatter Forums
template by linear