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The Bush Brothers: Jeb says W won’t convert

After gobbling up tons of bandwidth over the Kennedys, let’s now turn to the other side of the aisle, and another political dynasty, okay?

Rumblings about George W. Bush converting to Catholicism have been heard since before he left office.

And the other day, his brother had something to say about that:

At Communion and Liberation’s annual Rimini Meeting last week, Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, spoke about why he decided to become a Catholic and of his opposition to those elected officials who think they should keep their faith “in a safety deposit box.”


Bush also indicated he doesn’t think it’s likely his older brother, former President George W. Bush, will convert to Catholicism.

Answering a question put to him after he had delivered a talk strongly critical of big government, Bush said what primarily attracted him to the faith were the “sacraments of the Catholic Church, the timeless nature of the message of the Catholic Church, and the fact that the Catholic Church believes in and acts on absolute truth as its foundational principles and doesn’t move with modern times as my former religion did.”

A former Episcopalian who was received into the Church in 1995, Bush said, “In the United States many people think that to keep your faith, you need to put it into a safety deposit box if you’re an elected official until you finish your service as a public servant, and then you can go and get it back. I never thought that was appropriate.”


Bush added, “As it relates to making decisions as a public leader, one’s faith should guide you. That’s not to say that every decision I made would be completely in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church, but it was a guide post that kept me out of trouble.” He said there were “some instances” of controversy during his tenure as governor, which ran from 1998 to 2006, but he said he “tried to act on my faith as best as I could.”

Asked whether his brother, former President George W. Bush, might appear at a future meeting, and perhaps as a Catholic, he replied, “That would be a great thing, but you won’t see him here as a Catholic — he’s pretty comfortable with his Methodist faith. I’d like him to come here though. It would be fun.”

You can read more at the Register link.

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posted August 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm

hmph. well, I like dubya alright, but he should be a Catholic. stupid dubya! :-) (j)

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posted September 1, 2009 at 10:03 am

Jeb Bush: "tried to act on my faith as best as I could.”Perhaps that should be the benchmark applied to all Catholic politicians and we all should give them the benefit of the doubt that they strive to act in accord with how they see God's grace in their political world.

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posted September 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I want some of what Patm is smoking!

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posted September 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I like the Bushes ( I mean the family not the low brush). George was not a good president by a long shot and he made terrible mistakes. But if you can give a pass to Kennedy then I'll give a pass to Bush. Oh, and to give my democratic brothers a conniption, I will vote for Jeb next time against Obama any time.

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posted September 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Bush was a much better president than most give him credit for. Every day, as I watch Obama stand for nothing (but himself and his acquiring of power) I miss Bush more.

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posted September 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Bush was a much better president than most give him credit for. Every day, as I watch Obama stand for nothing (but himself and his acquiring of power) I miss Bush more.Wow. I've rarely seen a comment as disconnected from reality as yours.

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posted September 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I agree with you Patm. The only ones disconnected from reality are those who still refuse to see what Obama is up to.

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posted September 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm

This post is about Jeb and his statement that he does not see W converting to the Catholic faith as he is content in his Methodist religion. It is amazing that from this post, the left wingers went on attack as they have for 8 years. W appointed judges that will vote to end Roe if given the chance. Obama supports the murder of infants in the womb in holocaust numbers. I think I will go for W being more Catholic. I think more people every day are wishing we had W back as the Obama numbers fall in response to his socialist agenda. America does not want socialism which is why the left always tries to use other language. The Obama crowd is trying to take over every aspect of our entire economy from cars to energy to banking and healthcare. Just like Rahm said, use crisis even if you have to create one or make it worse to avoid too much examination of your agenda. Obama will soon have the biggest and fastest slide in poll numbers since they started to collect that information. It is hard to stop an avalanche.

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posted September 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I pray for W alot. I can't imagine how he is able to be still with what is going on in Washington.I was with my Congressman the other night and the longer he spoke about Congress the more I wondered why would anyone want to be involved in that mess? What a discombobulated unholy organization it has become, such as to the point that there is a whole layer of unelected people between the Pres. and the elected.

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