From Huffington Post:
Will Santorum's Surge Travel?
Senator Rick Santorum's last-minute surge in Iowa just days before the first 2012 caucuses has some people scratching theirs heads, wondering how a candidate who was polling in the single digits only weeks ago is now widely predicted to finish in the top three in tonight's GOP contest.
As the socially conservative wing of the Republican party has continued to shop around for an alternative to Governor Mitt Romney, they've browsed through a number of candidates -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Governor Rick Perry, businessman Herman Cain, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich -- before quickly losing interest and moving on. The wheel seems to have stopped at Santorum, who has jumped in recent polls -- this week's Des Moines Register poll showed him at 15 percent overall but as high as 22 percent on the last night of polling, compared to single digits in earlier polls. What accounts for this late surge? His blue-collar populist appeal on issues like manufacturing and jobs, combined with his focus on morality and preserving the traditional family, has struck a chord with conservative Iowa voters. Santorum has spent much of the past year traveling the state and holding over 375 town hall meetings, highlighting his wife and their seven children as well as his religious beliefs....
From Endr Times:
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Santorum and his family usually attend Latin Mass at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, near Washington, D.C. On November 12, 2004, Santorum and his wife were invested as Knight and Dame of Magistral Grace of the Knights of Malta in a ceremony at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. Santorum traveled in 2002 to Rome to speak at a centenary celebration of the birth of Saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. In an interview with the National Catholic Reporter while in Rome, Santorum said that the distinction between private religious conviction and public responsibility, espoused by [a presumably disloyal for any of a number of reasons, such as his policies concerning Vietnam, his challenge to the Federal Reserve, or even this,] President John F. Kennedy, had caused "great harm in America." [bold added]
All of us have heard people say, 'I privately am against abortion, homosexual marriage, stem cell research, cloning. But who am I to decide that it's not right for somebody else?' It sounds good, but it is the corruption of freedom of conscience.
He also said he regards George W. Bush as the first Catholic president of the United States: