Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney is running for 2008 presidential position would be the first Mormon to work in the Oval office. Actually, it does not happen ones when a nominee ran even if there are some religious issues. It is already 4 decades now after John F. Kennedy was very thankful about the support of the people to be selected as the president even if there are disputes regarding his religion.
With Romney, he has been openly supporting the key social concerns backed by conservative Catholics in Massachusetts. As to many observers, they can find that Romney is close to the heart of the Catholic leaders in his home land as well as it could also be disperse to other states that are conservative Republican voters.
According to Rick Beltram who is the chairman of the Republican Party in South Carolina said that Romney is proving and illustrating that the social and moral principles he has as a Mormon is just the same with the Catholics and Protestants. Thus, even he has different religious views but all have the same faith with God and that more matters.
In fact the relationship between Romney and Catholic Church have become so close that he was invited to Rome to join Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley’s promotion to cardinal in the Vatican.
There are numerous times that Romney supported the religious choice and freedom of the religious group especially the Catholic Church. He cooperates with the Catholic leaders on conservative social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage which could gain political compensation with his decision of support to the conservative Christians.
“I do believe that religious institutions help provide social stability and structure which enhances our community and our nation, and I believe that the Catholic Church has been an important contributor to this community as have other churches,” Romney said. “By and large, people of faith are going to have similar views on many issues.”
Besides, there are some Catholic faith and democrats like Senate Pres. Robert Travaglini and House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi who have less or not supported by their co-catholic leaders because of their decision of resisting the exception to the catholic stand of view.
Thomas P. Melady who is the Ambassador of Vatical who is also the President Emeritus of Sacred Heart University said that he already found the candidate who embodies the family values in the presence of Gov. Mitt Romney. He continued I look forward to working to help Mitt bring his family friendly change to Washington”, through his support in 2008 presidential election.
Many catholic leaders are looking forward to work with Romney more than any other Democratic Party representative as they can see that Gov. Romney can offer excellent counseling on the legal queries facing within the courts that concerns the social issues.
It is not a hindrance anymore that Pope and other catholic leaders can convey political influence and endorse a non-Catholic nominee as long as they have the same point of view regarding the social issues, thus social conservatives in different religious faith can make a bond together.