Ronald Reagan's son Catholic?

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Just out of curiosity, I thought I saw Michael Reagan cross himself at his father’s casket.
Anyone know if he is Catholic? I read that President Reagan’s father was a Catholic, but apparently didn’t raise the President to be so.
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Pres. Reagan’s father was an alcoholic. Spiritual direction came from his mother.
 
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Jennifer123:
Just out of curiosity, I thought I saw Michael Reagan cross himself at his father’s casket.
Anyone know if he is Catholic? I read that President Reagan’s father was a Catholic, but apparently didn’t raise the President to be so.
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I was told he was…I’m not sure.

I read an article the other day in which he said…

"These are all symptoms of the moral rot that is dragging America down into the slime pit. Pope John Paul II calls it the result of a “soulless vision of life.” His church in America has stood as a bulwark against the evils of abortion, of so-called gay marriage and the widespread availability of pornography.

Tragically, only his church has taken a unified stand against these many destructive evils - none of the other mainstream churches have taken a united stand, and unless and until they do, the nation’s headlong plunge into the abyss will continue. America’s religious leaders must speak out in one voice."

I’m glad he’s telling it as it is.
 
Well, I tried to Google this for you and I could only find Ron Reagan Jr’s name on “lists of celebrity atheists” so I think the answer is likely “no,” but it’s the internet, you know? I did find this recent snippet of a Salon.com interview with Ron Reagan Jr that seems to be fairly anti-religious:

*Reagan says his mother shares his “distrust of some of these [Bush] people. She gets that they’re trouble in all kinds of ways. She doesn’t like their religious fervor, their aggression.”

Reagan says his family feels particularly alienated from the Republican Party over its opposition to embryonic stem cell research, which could have significant benefit for Alzheimer patients like his father. “Now ignorance is one thing, ignorance can be cured. But many of the Republican leaders opposing this research know better, people like [Senate Majority Leader] Bill Frist, who’s a doctor, for God’s sake. People like him are blocking it to pander to the 20 percent of their base who are mouth-breathers. And that’s unconscionable – there are lives at stake here. Stem cell research can revolutionize medicine, more than anything since antibiotics.” *

His step-sister, Maureen Reagan, on the other hand seems to have been a Catholic. She apparently died recently and I found her obituary online and it listed that the funeral would be at St. Francis of Asissi parish.

That’s all I know, other than that Reagan Jr lives in Seattle (Magnolia I think) not a particularly Catholic-friendly town.
 
I also noticed Michael Reagan make the Sign of the Cross. I think he was adopted and a son of Presiedent Reagan’s first marriage. I noticed quite a few people making the Sign of the Cross. If the Sign of the Cross was an indication, then there were quite a few Catholics in attendance.
 
my neighbor has listened to his show a lot more than i have, and she says michael reagan claims to have been molested by a priest while in catholic school, though he “is good about not blaming all catholics for the actions of one priest.”

anyway, i found this in a google search (source= withchrist.org/talkradio.htm )
Michael Reagan* *(reagan.com) Eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, Michael hosts a nationally syndicated nighttime radio show. President Reagan loosely identified with Disciples of Christ and Christian Church–Campbellite sects within Christendom. While certainly a theist, the “Gipper” was not a “born-again” Christian. Based on on-air comments, Michael appears to have been raised Catholic by his mother, Jane Wyman, but currently attends charismatic Jack Hayford’s Foursquare church in Van Nuys, California. Christian (?) / Independent (?).
 
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anyway, i found this in a google search (source= withchrist.org/talkradio.htm )
sort of egotistical to be quoting myself, eh? :rolleyes:

anyway, just wanted to give a psa that the website i got that info from seems to be fairly accurate when it comes to cataloguing faith backgrounds of talk radio hosts, but is unabashedly anti-catholic. e.g.: “He appears to hold to the Catholic ‘natural law’ philosophy and consequently, like Ambassador Alan Keyes, just can’t understand why liberals are so screwed up, brainwashed, and out of touch with reality. Occasionally, Sean invites the Pentecostal Pat Robertson (CBN.org) to his radio or TV show. Robinson will typically supply some biblical literalness and fill the voids so apparent from Hannity’s Catholic background.”
 
You guys need to keep in mind that not only Catholics make the sign of the Cross. Episcopals and Anglicans do also. Remember the services were held in an Episcopal Church.

SV
 
Ron Reagan has NOT followed in his father’s footsteps politically. He’s very liberal and was a Nader supporter last election. Michael, Ronald’s adopted son, is far closer to his father politically.

In Re of the sign of the cross - I’m Presbyterian-Reformed, but having spent time in a conservative Episcopal church as well as going to Catholic singles group I’ve picked up the sign of the cross myself, and get some weird looks when I’m around my Baptists or Presbyterian friends. :cool:
 
Interesting stuff! Thanks…

BTW - I know Ron Reagan JR isn’t a Catholic!! 🙂 😦
I found the “mouth breather” slam pretty funny…
 
What does mouth breather mean anyway?

And, did you hear Ron Reagan Jr.‘s comment about the profound difference between a “responsibility” and a “mandate” in reference to his father’s faith? What exactly did he mean? Is there really a “profound” difference between these two words’ meanings? I looked them up in the dictionary to try and figure out the profundity in their difference… I knew he was slamming Bush, but I didn’t think he chose his words all that well (must not have inherited that gene from his father).
 
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What does mouth breather mean anyway?
“Mouth Breather” = derogetory (sp?) term for someone without manners and of a lower class, economically and intellectually. A way for the elites to feel better about themselves… :rolleyes:
 
Whoops! Sorry, I got confused. Thought you were asking about Ron Jr and not Michael. It would make sense then that Michael blessed himself since Maureen was also Catholic. Teach me to stay on the internet til 1am!
 
The Hidden Life:
Whoops! Sorry, I got confused. Thought you were asking about Ron Jr and not Michael. It would make sense then that Michael blessed himself since Maureen was also Catholic. Teach me to stay on the internet til 1am!
I do that all the time!! :eek: I mean, sometimes scanning rather than reading…too impatient I guess…that or my one year old scampering around. 😛
 
St Veronica:
You guys need to keep in mind that not only Catholics make the sign of the Cross. Episcopals and Anglicans do also. Remember the services were held in an Episcopal Church.

SV
I agree with St Veronica. I come from an Anglican background and crossed myself all the time when praying. So when I started going to the Catholic Church crossing myself came natural to me.

Patricia
 
Michael Reagan is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Jane Wyman. She raised the children after their divorce. It is possible she is a Catholic and the children were raised in the Catholic faith.
 
Michael Reagan is the adopted son of President Reagan and his first wife, actress Jane Wyman. He was raised Catholic after his mother’s conversion. However, he has left the Church and now belongs to a Protestant denomination. Because of his parents’ divorce and sexual molestation by a camp counselor when a young boy, he was a troubled youth. His poignant story is told in his book, On the Outside Looking In. He does point out that his father, although not a Catholic, took him and his sister to Mass on the Sundays when he had custody. He also described how he sought advice and consolation from a Catholic priest who, unfortunately, was unsympathetic and probably inadvertently helped contribute to Michael’s disaffection from the Church. President Reagan was raised by his mother as a Disciple of Christ. Before his presidency, he regularly attended Sunday services at a Presbyterian church. His older brother Neil was a Catholic. As far as I know, his son Ron and daughter Patti do not practice any religion.
 
Michael Reagan is the adopted son of President Reagan and his first wife, actress Jane Wyman. He was raised Catholic after his mother’s conversion. However, he has left the Church and now belongs to a Protestant denomination. Because of his parents’ divorce and sexual molestation by a camp counselor when a young boy, he was a troubled youth. His poignant story is told in his book, On the Outside Looking In. He does point out that his father, although not a Catholic, took him and his sister to Mass on the Sundays when he had custody.
Realizing this is old, but found it on a google search. Read the conversation, and wanted to add that Michael Reagan also tells his story in his book "Twice Adopted"

Michael Reagan had left the Church, but…

Raymond Arroyo announced on Facebook today (Wed Feb 9, 2011):

Raymond Arroyo World Over Thursday night: Michael Reagan remembers his father Ronald Reagan and speaks of his conversion to Catholicism. Mary Beth Hicks on your kids and the pop culture. EWTN 8PM 👍 :clapping: :dancing: :extrahappy:
 
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