> America is basically a Protestant country. I remember when Jack Kennedy,
> possibly the first Catholic US president, won the election many people in my
> neighborhood thought the world was going to end. The major US papers printed
> what they were given and did not feel obliged to look further into the matter.
> In those days (1960's), most of the news we got was through unofficial means,
> such as letters from friends and relatives in Ireland. Now, there are a
> number of established Irish-American News services.
I always had been under the impression that the reason that Jack Kennedy
being Catholic was a big deal to non-catholics, etc. was not that there
is a prejudice, though there might be--I'm not one to judge, but that
they were afraid that being catholic would allow the pope to have some
control over the country.