George W. Bush and Religious Belief

August 5, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On August 5, 2000, The Washington Post published an article entitled, "GOP Reaches Out to Catholics; At Convention, Party's Drive for Diversity Includes Religion." It reported that Roman Catholic Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia closed the GOP convention with a final prayer. "In the same way Republicans spent four days showing they could be politically inclusive and diverse, GOP leaders showed religious diversity in selecting a cardinal for the closing prayer...On Sunday, before the convention began, Catholic Republicans made a show of strength at Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, with out-of-town delegates and politicians outnumbering local churchgoers."