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Topic - Thomas P. Melady
Thomas P. Melady, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, said Catholics are "particularly sensitive to the history of anti-Catholic bias" in the U.S., a problem that first surfaced in the presidential election of 1928, when Catholic candidate Al Smith faced discriminatory comments about his religion during his campaign.
"We ... wish to cite our concern and our determination to assure that not only civility be maintained in the public discourse but that all inclinations to raise the issue of personal religious affiliation be avoided," Mr. Melady said.