Pete Buttigieg–Man of Faith

Thomas Fleming

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April 3, 2019

Here’s a pretty-how-de-do!   Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend and leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, wonders if someone like Donald Trump--so wealthy, so unashamed of his wealth--could possibly be Christian.  He has also attacked Mike Pence for his concentration on sexual issues.  

Like many people who read the headlines, I wondered what religion could inform the mind of a man who attacks one politician for being rich and another for being moralistic, when he pretends to have married another man.  (I forget which he pretends to be the wife and which the husband.) He can’t be a Muslim, and Hinduism is fairly straight on marriage, so what?

It turns out he is described as a “devout Episcoplian.”

Thank goodness.  For a minute I thought he was pretending to be some kind of Christian.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

5 Responses

  1. Avatar James D. says:

    His parents were professors at Notre Dame (surprise, surprise,) and his father was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society.

  2. Avatar Harry Colin says:

    This is a fitting piece to read on the same day Mr. Navrazov writes about clowns and the circus.

  3. Avatar Frank Brownlow says:

    After dining out among Episcopalians in Williamstown, MA, a high-church friend said to me, “You know what’s wrong with Episcopalians? They don’t believe anything. Utter the most basic theological proposition, and they look at you as if you were a freak.”

  4. Avatar david umlauf says:

    Dr. Brownlow,

    Your comment reminded me of a long ago comic quote about about high church
    Episcopalians—Mort Sahl, I think—he said: “Oh, they pray to whom it may concern!”

  5. Thomas Fleming Thomas Fleming says:

    My father, when he was dragging us as occasional conformists to the Episcopal Church on Sullivan’s Island, would repeat the old quip: “You know, Episcopalians can believe anything. Isn’t it funny how few of them do.”

    Sadly, back then in the 60’s and down to the 90’s, the Episcopalians one met in South Carolina were at least as faithful as their Catholic and Baptist counterparts. Charleston churches were mostly low church and most of the priests I heard had no fear of preaching traditional morality.