Former Sen. Santorum to challenge JFK's views on religion

Greg Nash

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) will be in Boston on Saturday to deliver a speech about the role of religion in the "public square," according to a news release.

Santorum's remarks are meant to be a rebuttal of the late President John F. Kennedy's speech a half century ago about the role his Catholic faith played in his policy decisions.

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute," Kennedy said during his famous address to a group of Protestant ministers at a Houston hotel in September 1960.

Many observers believe Santorum is testing the waters for a 2012 presidential run.

Here's a video of Kennedy's speech.