Do You Know About Red Mass?

I remember learning in high school (actually middle school) that one of the reasons why people were so apprehensive and uptight about President John F. Kennedy being in office was religion. People were genuinely afraid that the Pope would eventually usurp the power from the government and that the Catholic Church would take on world domination. It goes without saying that separation of church and state has always been a major topic...

Well, why is there something called RED MASS, then, if that is the case? Red Mass is an annual Church ceremony that all political and governmental officials attend (a lot of times even the President of the United States) at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D. C. Every year they all come together and request guidance from the Holy Spirit and take the opportunity for reflection on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession. I think it's an interesting thing. One side of me says...YES, for ethics and a sense of morality in politics. The other side of me says...but wait...why is it a CATHOLIC Mass? Why is it a PENTECOSTAL Mass when Catholics don't believe in speaking in tongues? Isn't this a violation of separation of church and state?

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