Mitt Romney was invited to address Liberty University's class of 2012, which happens to be a Baptist college. I was interested to find out what he said and found a great article written by Keith A. Fournier, a very surprised editor, at Catholic Online, who attended the commencement exercise, heard Romney's speech, and is a Catholic.

I find interest in this particular speech, for two reasons. Mitt Romney is a high profile Mormon and whatever he communicates, in relation to Mormon beliefs, is broadcast to large audiences. Second, Romney could very likely be the next President of the United States.

I was impressed, on both counts, with the content of his speech and found him to be more engaging than I've ever seen him before. From the standpoint of representing Mormon values, which are also Christian values, he presented these commonalities flawlessly.

Romney expressed his thoughts about the sanctity of marriage, being only between one man and one woman; the importance of freedom of religion; and then focused on trusting in God. Said Fournier:

Governor Romney did not attempt to argue the compatibility of his own religious faith and that of most of the graduates. I was relieved. He told the graduates and their guests, "People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology. Surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview." He is right. 

Yes, he is. I was privileged to be involved with organizing my own Mormon Helping Hands day of service, where we joined forces with both the Catholic and Methodist churches, for a city-wide food drive, that benefited over 600 needy families, served weekly. It was a beautiful interfaith outreach, where all involved felt our Christian bond.

Read Fournier's entire article: Mitt Romney: Mormon Candidate at Baptist Liberty University Moves Catholic Editor.

Video: Governor Mitt Romney - Liberty University Commencement

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