John Kerry on Faith

An ongoing collection of quotes from Kerry about faith, his relationship with God, religion & politics, and more.

Senator John Kerry is Catholic and a former altar boy. He attends Mass regularly and describes himself as a "believing and practicing Catholic," He recently discovered that his paternal grandparents were Jewish. Below are selections from recent speeches and interviews in which he mentions his faith or religious topics.

On Faith and Politics

"My faith, and the faith I have seen in the lives of so many Americans, also teaches me that, 'Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me.' That means we have a moral obligation to one another, to the forgotten, and to those who live in the shadows. This is a moral obligation at the heart of all our great religious traditions."


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Speech at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, October 24, 2004

"The Bible tells us that in others we encounter the face of God: "I was hungry and you fed me; thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you received me in your homes; naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me." This is the final judgment of who we are and what our life will mean.



I believe we must keep faith, not only with the Creator, but also with present and future generations."


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Speech at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, October 24, 2004

"Now with respect to religion, you know, as I said I grew up a Catholic. I was an altar boy. I know that throughout my life this has made a difference to me. And as President Kennedy said when he ran for president, he said, I'm not running to be a Catholic president. I'm running to be a president who happens to be Catholic. Now my faith affects everything that I do and choose. There's a great passage of the Bible that says What does it mean my brother to say you have faith if there are no deeds? Faith without works is dead. And I think that everything you do in public life has to be guided by your faith, affected by your faith, but without transferring it in any official way to other people. That's why I fight against poverty. That's why I fight to clean up the environment and protect this earth. That's why I fight for equality and justice. All of those things come out of that fundamental teaching and belief of faith. But I know this: that President Kennedy in his inaugural address told of us that here on earth God's work must truly be our own. And that's what we have to - I think that's the test of public service."


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