Mitt Romney mentioned his faith in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, casting it as part of a mostly secular American culture that doesn’t really care about rigid theological differences.
“We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don’t remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to.”
It was left to rank-and-file Mormons to do the heavy lifting explaining their faith in practical terms, says Joanna Brooks at Religion Dispatches. Three such Mormons got up on the Tampa stage to describe Romney’s service to he church in ways people could understand: Good works.
New York archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a four-minute benediction right after Romney’s speech.