2. He Was Raised Catholic
Before Pence joined the evangelical movement, he was Catholic.
“I’m the son of two devout American Catholics, and the grandson and the namesake of an Irish immigrant,” Pence told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2017.
Born in 1959 in Columbus, Ind., he was raised in a Catholic home that supported President John F. Kennedy, who also was Catholic.
“The hymns and liturgies of the Catholic Church are the anthems of my youth,” he told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2017. “The Bible says ‘train up a child in the way he should go, and when he’s old, he’ll not depart from it.’ I want to tell you as a young boy growing up in a small town in southern Indiana, my Catholic faith poured an eternal foundation in my life. … I was the beneficiary of an extraordinary Catholic education, went to public high school. But that foundation continues to serve and inform me every day.”
After he entered politics, he often labeled himself an “evangelical Catholic,” but eventually stopped using the term.
He began attending an evangelical megachurch, Grace Evangelical Church, in the mid-1990s.
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