So says Mark Halperin, citing a Romney advisor. Two other Romney advisors told Beliefnet earlier this week that any speech on the subject would be delayed until next year because, after all, if it ain’t broke why fix it?

“A lot of people were talking about doing it before Thanksgiving and the holidays, but then we moved up in the polls, including in South Carolina,” a senior Romney advisor tells Beliefnet. “So the thinking became that the timing [for a speech on religion] was not as rushed.”

Well, now it’s broke. So they’re going to try to fix it.

Halperin breaks it down here. Exit question: Can Mitt get away with a generalized JFK-esque “it just doesn’t matter” speech? I’m guessing … no.