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Mary Matalin, new Catholic

The Republican strategist, editor and talk show host (and wife of Democratic loud mouth, James Carville) spoke to the Catholic Media Convention last weekend. At one point, she mentioned that she was raised Methodist, but joined the Catholic Church this past Easter, through RCIA.

From Catholics News Service, via the Catholic Spirit:

She shared her observations on the current political climate in the country as it heads toward midterm elections.


A former adviser to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, Matalin is editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She also is a CNN contributor and co-hosts a radio show.

She filled in for her husband, Democratic strategist James Carville, who was scheduled to speak but had a last-minute conflict. The couple and their two daughters live in New Orleans.

Matalin was introduced by Father John Carville, retired vicar general of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and her husband’s cousin.

The priest said he’s often asked if Matalin and Carville fight all the time. Their heated debates on political talk shows are legendary. Carville, a Louisiana native nicknamed the “Ragin’ Cajun” for his fiery temper, made headlines recently for attacking the Obama administration’s response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


“They argue almost only on TV,” the priest said. “They are very professional and very careful to stay out of each other’s sandbox. … They may be a political odd couple, but they share a love for the political process.”

In her remarks, Matalin said the upcoming elections will be historic. “That’s not hyperbole. The last couple of cycles have been historic,” including the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, she said.

Check out the rest at the link.

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posted June 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Welcome to the Church, Mrs Mary! :)

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Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher

posted June 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

If Carville were a Republican would he still be a “loudmouth”? Just wondering…
[Paula…yes. Dcn. G.]

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Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher

posted June 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Oh, and welcome Mary!

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Joseph J Cleary

posted June 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

For several years at Christmas, Tim Russert would end the holiday edition of Meet the Press by bringing on to the set Matalin, Carville and their two young daughters. ‘Uncle Tim’ would always have a present for the young ladies to open, with the unsaid but unmistakeable message that despite vigorous political debate, we should never forget what unites us as American’s is still greater then what divides us.
I do not know who Matalin’s sponsor was at the Easter Vigil, but it seems a good bet that somewhere Russert was smiling his approval that Saturday evening in New Orleans.
[I suspect this gentleman may have been involved in Ms. Matalin’s conversion. Dcn. G.]

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Jim Lackey

posted June 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Deacon Greg,
Just to clarify: That’s a Catholic News Service story that appears in the Catholic Spirit, not the Spirit’s story. Just one more example of the anonymity of wire-service journalism!
[Mea culpa, Jim! I’ll clarify in the post…DG]

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Serena Conn

posted June 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Mary, Welcome Home!
I have to wonder if her husband is a practicing Catholic and what effect her conversion has had on him. It could certainly change the dynamics of the marriage.

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eric cantor

posted June 8, 2010 at 10:28 am

and wife of “Democratic loud mouth, James Carville”
What a fine spirit of love to express, Deacon. What a glorious Christian role model you present!
(If this is how you describe Carville, I can well imagine how you might characterize such as Abe Foxman.)

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Dana MacKenzie

posted June 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

Nice try, Eric Cantor. I love when people come into a Catholic blog and try to shame it. Carville would be the first to tell you that he is a loudmouth, and that he prides himself on being called one. He does call himself, “the mouth from the south.”
But thanks for playing. The implied (sans evidence) anti-semitism charge was a nice touch, but I’m afraid you’re still an amateur.

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posted June 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

James Carville is a Catholic. Sadly, he has publicly and repeatedly advocated for abortion (at a colloquium at Boston College, and on Meet The Press). The Carvilles’ new pastor is a very sound man and I am sure he’d gladly set them both straight (MM has in the past presented herself as pro-choice), but I’m not sure how much of their public record is known to him. Given the anti-life history of both Carvilles, it’d be nice now to see some public repudiation of their past assertions.

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posted June 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

James Carville _is_ a loudmouth — loud and proud, baby. Just like Ted Turner. He would hardly be offended by someone referring to him as a loudmouth, and I bet he’s referred to himself as a loudmouth more than once.
I disagree with his politics more often than not, but I adore him. How can you not?

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posted June 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

[I suspect this gentleman [C. John McCloskey] may have been involved in Ms. Matalin’s conversion. Dcn. G.]

I would think that Fr. Sirico would be a much more likely suspect. But of course I’m speculating…

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posted June 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

Let’s hope she has rejected her past public heresies on social issues like homosexuality.

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That understand

posted July 8, 2010 at 5:54 am

I wish I could understand the point you said here

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Judy K.

posted August 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I hope that on becoming a Catholic, Mary has changed her views on Pro Choice and will be a truthful advocate for Life. She is a very smart lady despite her ranting husband. May God bestow graces on both of them as they could do much to help the Church.

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D Leaberry

posted February 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Miss Matalin will be hosting a party for the Republican homosexual group GOProud in the very short future so her Catholicism must be very shallow or situational.

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