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Living Questions: What Role Is Religion Playing In US Presidential Race?

May 23, 2016

John Gehring, author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church.
Credit John Gehring

It's time now for another installment in our monthly series, Living Questions, in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. 

John Gehring is the Program Director at Faith in Public Life and author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church. Earlier this year, Pope Francis publicly disagreed with presidential candidate Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, calling Trump’s suggestion to “build walls,” to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the country, “not Christian.”  Gehring joins Tom to discuss the interactions this outspoken Catholic Pontiff has had with some of the US presidential candidates, and the prominent role faith is playing in this year’s race for the White House.