John Kerry, reticent about his religious beliefs during his losing 2004 presidential campaign against George W. Bush, poured out his testimony last month—not to fellow Catholics but to an evangelical audience in Malibu, California.
The Massachusetts senator said he prayed hard while serving in the Vietnam War, but struggled then and later with the problem of evil. “For 12 years I wandered in the wilderness, went through a divorce,” he said in a September 18 lecture at Pepperdine University, an ocean-view campus with a Churches of Christ heritage.
“Then, suddenly and movingly, I had a revelation about the connection between the work I was doing as a public servant and my formative teachings,” Kerry said. “The long and short of it is today we [Catholics] are far more Bible-focused and knowledgeable based on several clear principles, chief among them the centrality of Jesus.”