Mike's Church Trip Annoys Catholics

They're upset by visit with pastor who linked Catholics to Hitler
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2007 3:34 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, left, gets in to an SUV as he departs the Cornerstone Church where he spoke during Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 services in San Antonio, Texas. Pastor John Hagee...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee may have alienated some Catholic supporters with yesterday's visit to Cornerstone, the mammoth evangelical church in Texas run by controversial pastor John Hagee. Hagee has suggested that the Roman Catholic Church played a part in the Holocaust, though the outspoken preacher claims he is not anti-Catholic, Reuters reports.

Huckabee's reception at Cornerstone was enthusiastic, mirroring the former Baptist preacher's recent surge of popularity in the evangelical community. But the appearance may seriously damage his position with conservative Catholics. Huckabee stressed his own record of governing citizens of all religions, pointing out that he didn't "replace the dome with a steeple" on the Arkansas capitol building when he was governor of the state.