There's something about the American South that makes it a natural ally to Catholicism. This is even though it is overwhelmingly Protestant. I think Pius IX sensed this when he wrote Jefferson Davis after the South had resoundingly lost the Civil War. Why is this?
I think the South holds dear and maintains a handful of virtues to which more secular, sophisticated east/west coast and 'northern' people have long since turned up their noses. Things like patriotism and personal honor. It's hero's, men like Tom Landry and Robert E. Lee, have been above all devout Christians who knew how to keep their lives centered on one thing