Santorum on Church and State

Rick Santorum, described as a likely presidential candidate, is giving stump speeches in which he rejects the separation of church and state–especially Kennedy’s legacy. He claims the idea is not part of American heritage, that Jefferson’s use of the phrase meant only to protect the church from the state. He wants the church to be the conscience of the state–the traditionally Catholic view. But Leo XIII and other popes saw the Catholic view to be at odds with the historical American view, which they understood to be separation of church and state and religious liberty. I think he needs to reread his own Catholic sources–and Roger Williams.