Religion: For Catholic Candidates

"Any general blanket boycott of Roman Catholic candidates for public office seems unwise and unfair." So says Paul Blanshard, the lawyer-author who almost a decade ago—in his book American Freedom and Catholic Power—sweepingly attacked Catholic influence in the U.S. But to his plea for fairness. Blanshard added some major qualifications. Voters, he suggested (in a revision of his book to be published in March), should ask three questions of any Catholic candidate for the presidency.

¶U.S. Catholics "boycott" public schools unless "they receive special permission from their bishop." Question: "Do you personally approve or disapprove?"...

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