1. He Is a Devout Episcopalian
Indiana, for ten years. He considers himself liturgically conservative and prefers an organ over a guitar in worship services.
But he grew up and was baptized Catholic as the son of a former Jesuit. He also attended a Catholic high school but didn’t truly understand his faith until he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He wrote his 68-page undergraduate thesis on puritanism, specifically focusing on Graham Greene’s novel “The Quiet American.”
His parents were professors at Notre Dame and his father believed in Marxist ideology. Based off of these Catholic roots, he has cited St. Augustine, Fr. James Martin, and Gary Wills as a few of his religious influences.
Prayer is also important to him. “Granted, in a literal sense, it's asking for things, but that's problematic, too, as though we encounter God, and he hasn't already figured out what we need. So I guess in that sense I do find that ritual organized prayer makes sense because it is a way to tune my own heart to what is right,” he said.
Other Episcopalians that have graced the Oval Office include George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, though the Episcopal denomination has experienced several radical changes since these presidents sat in office.
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