Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Supports Kennedy presidential campaign

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Supports Kennedy presidential campaign

Letter to Bishop Scarlett

Union Theological Seminary
Broadway at 120th Street
New York 27, N.Y.

June 17, 1960

Bishop Scarlett
Dyce's Head
Castine, Maine

Dear Will:

Thank you so much for your letter. I moved two days ago and our new address is 340 Riverside Drive. We will be here for two weeks and then will go on, my health permitting, to Santa Barbara.

What you report about the warning of the Archbishops pastoral about students attending a non-Catholic university is, of course, typical of the stand of Catholicism. The interesting thing is I am told that not many people pay attention to this warning or are not disciplined for this.

I am not going to vote for Kennedy if I can help it. I am not too afraid of his Catholicism. It is very thin - indeed, his religion is very thin.

Will you give my affectionate regards to the Ed Millers and to the Kirks at their wedding party. Nancy is such a nice girl. The family have been such good friends to us and I am sorry our paths have not crossed too much in recent years.

Sincerely yours,
Reinhold Niebuhr
Rheinhold Niebuhr

Reinhold Niebuhr Papers: Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room

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Paul Elie

is senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

is an author and Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robin Lovin

is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism.