Move over Tim Tebow. Fox's Fr. Jonathan Morris has a new man crush. This morning, Fr. Morris spent his Fox & Friends Sunday sermon extolling the faith of possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Morris couldn't have been any more effusive about Bush who just happens to be, like the cute little padre, a Catholic. Hmmm?!
Clayton Morris immediately set the message about the awesomeness of Jeb Bush who is "slamming liberal policy while defending Christians." Video was played of Jeb Bush's LibertyUniversity commencement speech during which Bush brayed about how American Christian clergy are being denied their religious liberty. (He's looking at you, Obama!) Ainsely Earhardt asked Fox's official, clergy mouthpiece for all things right wing, Fr. Jonathan Morris, how Bush's message "resonates." The banner, which stayed through the segment: "Fighting for Faith, Bush Sways Evangelicals At University Speech."
Morris wasted no time in gushing about how Bush, a Catholic, was "speaking openly about his faith." Morris noted how, in his speech, Bush referenced nuns, specifically the Little Sisters of the Poor (not those commie "nuns on the bus") who are being targeted by "big government." (The Little Sisters, according to Fox News, are being targeted by the Obama administration because of their refusal to agree to sign a waiver allowing their workers to get those nasty slut pills.)
Morris did more gushing about how evangelicals are "completely embracing that message of faith as well as Catholics who would embrace a message of faith coming from an evangelical." He gushed about "how far we have come as a nation that Christians would respect each other while disagreeing on theology..." He channeled the feelings of evangelicals and Catholics who say "this is a wonderful thing to have a presidential candidate with a spirit of faith."
Tucker Carlson, a true embodiment of Christianity if there ever was one, remarked about how "amazing" it is that only 50 years ago, there was a controversy over Pres. Kennedy's Catholicism. He opined that today, the country is becoming more secular and asked Morris if "there is still a major role for personal declarations of faith in a campaign."
Not surprisingly, Fr. Morris agreed because "it is a sign of wisdom." He claimed that he wouldn't vote for a presidential candidate just because he is a Catholic. Rather, he is looking for somebody who is "wise" even though they might not be religious (less than a month ago, he said that atheists aren't wise) - BUT (there's always a "but" in Fr. Morris's homilies) "I think it's a sign of wisdom when you have a tremendous respect and holy reverence towards God, the almighty creator and father and all of that."
Clayton Morris referenced the concern that JFK would be influenced by the Pope and that Kennedy has to assure the public that this wouldn't be the case. In echoing the regressive Bishop Chaput, Fr. Morris said that Kennedy's statement was "a step backward because we want somebody's values to influence their policy." He explained that we don't want church leaders telling politicians what to do BUT we do "want values influencing policies." (No slut pills for you?)
So all you Fox Catholics and evangelicals listen up - Fox's cute little padre says that Jeb Bush could be the man for you. From Roger Ailes mouth to Fr. Morris ears - and mouth?!