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Is Marco Rubio Catholic?

Not anymore, but there’s some confusion about it.

From Damien Thompson:

Marco_Rubio.jpgI came across this curious article from Politics Daily which (without apparently realising that it is doing so) reveals that he has abandoned the faith of his Cuban parents:


What is Marco Rubio’s religion?

Rubio is a Roman Catholic.

Where does Marco Rubio worship?

Though he is Catholic, Rubio belongs to the Christ Fellowship nondenominational Church in West Kendall, Fla., where he has attended for the last six years.

Was Marco Rubio born Roman Catholic, or did he convert?

Rubio was born Roman Catholic.

What has Marco Rubio said about the Roman Catholic Church?

When asked about how his faith has sustained him, Rubio said that he derives his family’s strength from faith. “If you get the personal part of your life wrong, nothing else makes sense,” he said, adding that his most important job is father and husband, and “I try to get that right, … and certainly that comes from our faith.” As a Catholic potential senator, he has expressed a possible division (as well as an inference that his Christianity informs his morality): “For those who have the Christian faith and are in politics, there is a constant struggle between a desire to do what is right and how that sometimes may not coincide with what is popular,” he said. “I hope that, more often than not, I make the right choice.”


There’s more at the link about the church where Rubio worships, and Thompson has followed up on the issue here.

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Stephen B

posted November 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

Baptism and chrismation leave indelible marks on the soul. So Rubio is still Catholic. He may be one that has tried to walk away from the church. He may be one that left his father’s faith. But he can no more stop being Catholic than he can stop being human.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

We’re ALL Catholic, when we die…

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posted November 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

“the dreariness of its worship and a Left-wing political stance that nurtures a culture of grievance rather than enterprise.”

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posted November 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

It is informative as to his lack of honesty and character that he would continue to pose as a practicing Catholic in order to win votes, while in fact his practices and apparently beliefs are otherwise.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

You know Stephen B., you are right…BUT… if my father was a drunk and drug user; stole to feed his habits; beat my mother; yelled and screamed and beat us kids; andwas rarely home, he would still be my father – biologically and in name.
But he wouldn’t be my father.
Neither is Marco Rubio a Catholic.
Peace to all

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posted November 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I was reminded of Late Night Catechism, in which Sister says “My kingdom has many rooms….Unfortunately, yours is next to the elevator and the ice machine.”

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posted November 6, 2010 at 12:40 am

Rubio is what you want him to be. It is our collective shame that he won, but at least it gets him out of state! This guy could not even keep his own finances straight – but at least he knows the sting of bankruptcy, something many of our fellow citizens are feeling today. If this really qualified him to represent Florida, that would be fine. But everything that has been revealed about him indicates he sees this job in the Senate as a money maker for himself.
As to his faith – don’t ask. He is whatever gets him votes.

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Chris Chin

posted November 8, 2010 at 11:33 am

I remember an America that ‘promised’ there wouldn’t BE any religious tests to hold public office.
So nice (and typical) to see Catholics ignore that, er, suggestion.

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posted November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Chris, Nobody is saying there needs to be a religious test to hold public office and you are making a really big stretch in suggesting the Catholics here are doing that. The question here is, is Rubio lying to the public? Apparently he is. And your bigoted comment just illustrates the nasty stuff that Catholics have to put up with on a daily basis.

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posted November 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

If Rubio is a Roman Catholic he needs to find a Roman Catholic church to attend when he gets to Washington DC. I am sure that there are many to choose from.

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posted November 9, 2010 at 3:19 am

I really don’t think anyone gave any thought to what relgion Rubio was/is when they voted for him. Whatever he is or believes, it shaped him into a powerful voice of the people and a great promise for our political future.
FYI, Ronald Reagan was a baptized Catholic who lived his faith as a Protestant, as is Sarah Palin. Maybe not the best comparisons, but few objective folks could deny that Reagan was a truly God-centered man.

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted November 9, 2010 at 10:22 am

Klaire …
A clarification. Ronald Reagan was never baptized Catholic. His brother was.
Reagan’s father was a lapsed Catholic, and the former president ended up being baptized into the Disciples of Christ.
Sarah Palin, however, WAS baptized Catholic, but practices now in the Assembly of God.
Dcn. G.

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Not as good as YOU, apparently

posted November 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

You mean people can ‘choose’ their religions? And here all this time, I thought it was genetic/hereditary/immutable.

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posted November 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

Oops! Thanks for the correction/clarification Dcn. Greg.

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posted November 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

So if Marco Rubio goes to a non-denominational church for six years and poses as a Catholic for the voters of his metropolitan area that makes him a good Catholic voice of the people.
But, if regular folks struggle with various aspects of Catholicism, go to Mass once a week and put their kids in CCD, but wonder about contraception, social justice and how to reconcile politics with their faith then they are “cafeteria catholics” who just take the easy way out.
Okay. Got it.

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vincent manning

posted November 12, 2010 at 6:47 am

More Catholic than Carol Keehan ? Weakland ? Jenkins? Pelosi?What’s your point, to dirty up the guy in advance of the next election cycle,that’s your point.
[Vincent…for someone to present himself as Catholic who evidently does not attend mass or practice the faith — and, in fact, has for several years been supporting a Protestant sect that sharply contradicts Catholic teaching — is, at the very least, peculiar. Dcn. G]

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posted November 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

It’s sort of like being “a little bit pregnant”.

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posted November 24, 2015 at 3:11 pm

oldestof9 says, “…Neither is Marco Rubio a Catholic.”

Marco Rubio says, “I craved, literally, the Most Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion, the sacramental point of contact between the Catholic and the liturgy of heaven.”’

The Bible says this about his desire for “the cup of devils”: ” Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils (1 Corinthians 10:21).”

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