Joseph Califano — Religion and Politics
July 15, 2004

We speak with Washington insider Joseph Califano, a devout, lifelong Catholic, who held key positions inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter administrations. Califano provides frank insight into the practical difficulties of applying religious ideals in the political arena.

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Address of Senator John F. Kennedy to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association

Sen. Kennedy's 1960 statement about the role of Catholicism and his bid for the presidency.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Special Message to the Congress: The American Promise

Read President Johnson's 1965 speech promoting proposed voting rights legislation.

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» "JFK Report on Civil Rights" (RealAudio, 13:23)

» "JFK on Catholicism" (RealAudio, 11:45)

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Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

is president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. He was Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1977 to 1979, and is the author of a memoir, Inside: A Public and Private Life.

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