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What Is Jerry Brown's Religion?

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Jerry Brown, the California attorney general and the state's one-time governor, is reseeking the Golden State's governor's desk in a hotly contested race. The Democratic candidate is running against the Republican nominee, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Brown's prepolitical life.

What is Jerry Brown's religion?

Brown is Catholic.

Was Jerry Brown born a Catholic, or did he convert?

Brown was born a Catholic and spent four years studying to be a Catholic priest in a Jesuit seminary.

What has Jerry Brown said about religion?

Explaining how his religious past can co-exist with his career as a politician, Brown told the San Francisco Chronicle: "Well, there's a certain missionary component to trying to do good in the public realm that is parallel to doing good in the religious call. And civic engagement and public service at its best reflects the Christian commitment to do justice, seek mercy, and to be compassionate and to create a more just society. So those things -- they're certainly very different, profoundly different -- but there is a fundamental base in my earlier training that guides me as I do things in government and public service."

What religion other than his own did Jerry Brown spend extensive time studying?

Jerry Brown spent six months studying Buddhism in Japan in the 1980s.

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