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Is Mark Rubio Catholic? Another answer…

A little more news, following last week’s post.

The e-mail below, sent to Florida writer Eric Giunta, comes from the senator-elect’s campaign.  Giunta wrote to the campaign, looking for an explanation.  Below is part of what they wrote back. (But read the whole context here.)


Thank you for your recent e-mail. I appreciate your interest in Senator-elect Rubio’s religion. However, I do not have any new information to convey to you; Mr. Rubio is still a Roman Catholic. He was baptized, confirmed and married in the Roman Catholic Church. If you find that there is a dearth of pertinent material to write about, perhaps you can focus on the many serious issues facing our nation, and the reasons why the citizens of Florida overwhelmingly elected Mr. Rubio as their next United States Senator.

Um. Right. Move along. Nothing to see here, folks. Keep walking…

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Ryan Ellis

posted November 11, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Are apostates still Catholic?
If he wants to leave the faith, he should do so honestly. Congressman Mike Pence and Governor-elect John Kasich have done this. He owes this to his Catholic supporters (like me).

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posted November 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

…and also Governor Tim Pawlenty.

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richard kuebbing

posted November 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I agree w/the senate-elect’s position. he was not elected to a church position but to a civil position. he is in the public square but not in virtue of his beliefs but of his choice of running for public office. questioning his religious beliefs is an ad hominem attack — or at least it was when I was taking a philosophy course in classic logic at a Catholic college from a priest of the diocese that owned the college.

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Ryan Ellis

posted November 12, 2010 at 8:20 am

@richard, this is about rubio being dishonest. he is telling his catholic supporters he is catholic, and telling his prot supporters that he is prot. that’s called using his catholic heritage as a political football.
catholics should not let him get away with it. pick a jersey.

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posted November 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

@Richard – that’s disingenuous at best. We Catholics hold our “civil” servants to Catholic standards of belief and behavior because they profess they are Catholics. To suggest that Rubio gets a pass on this would be to suggest that its okay to give Pelosi as well, because she was not elected to a religious office either.
I don’t suppose you’re willing to do that, are you?
Questioning someone’s religious beliefs is not an ad hominem attack! It is a question that is absolutely valid – especially in a political climate where something like 60% of the populace chooses to disbelieve the President on his profession of Christianity.

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Pat ricia

posted November 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Cindy is 100% Correct.You’re Catholic in the voting booth.You’re Catholic in public office.You don’t drop it off when it’s convenient.
It is a faith to be lived.As Catholics we accept in obedience the teaching authority of the Church.Cindy explained very well so that’s all i have to add.

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posted November 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Have you seen this video of the talk of Archbishop Timothy on Dorothy Day (November 9)?
Now there’s a description of a “real” Catholic. (And she was quite political, too.)

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Steve Kellmeyer

posted November 13, 2010 at 12:08 am

Alright, let’s see.
45% of American Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence.
70% of American Catholics don’t attend Mass every week.
About half of American Catholics are married outside the Faith and attend other denominations along with irregular Mass attendance.
Rubio gives tens of thousands of dollars to an evangelical church while the USCCB and most American dioceses and parishes give tens of millions of dollars to frankly anti-Catholic, pro-abortion, Alinskyite groups.
Rubio is pro-life, anti-Alinsky, definitely Christian.
He’s as good a Catholic in attendance and theology as the typical Catholic in the nation, he’s a better Catholic in terms of theology than most of the “Catholics” sitting in Congress right now.
If we can get along with Dr. Dobson (and I think most of us can), then I don’t see a reason to attack a politician who is as Catholic as he knows how to be and who is more Catholic than most politicians generally are, regardless of whether he makes it to Mass every Sunday.
Is he objectively committing moral evil by failing to fully live his Catholic Faith? Sure.
Is he killing anyone or supporting the idea that anyone should be killed? Thank God, NO!
So comparing how we should handle this man to how we handle Biden or Pelosi is not wise or fair.
Judge him for what he is – a man who is a better Catholic than most (though admittedly not all) of the Catholics we currently have in office.
FYI: Just for history’s sake, does anyone remember Alfred E. Smith, the first Catholic to run for president? When asked his opinion on a papal encyclical, his response was “What the hell is an encyclical?”
If we can be proud of Smith, I think we can be proud of Rubio.

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posted November 13, 2010 at 3:54 am

I’m not an American but am a political animal who likes politics particularly when it comes to religious issues.I was very shock and ashamed as I watch Obama made that disgusting statement that America is not a Christian nation.The extreme left believe it or not America was founder on christian values which speaks of freedom and justice.If I was leaving in America I wouldn’t hesitate to start up a grass root campaign for Marco Rubio to be the next president come 2012.He is charismatic intelligent and astute I watch the debate at Tampa university Florida coordinated by Candy of CNN state of the union special before midterm the guy was sweet.I will somebody to reach him for my name to run for the white house am confident he will win.I black in Cameroon but don’t trust Obama neither to I support him in anyway.RUBIO FOR 2012

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posted June 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

He may attend Christ Fellowship regularly, but I have seen him in my parish, St. Neumann Catholic church, with his wife and children… just this past weekend.. and there wasn’t a special ceremony going on. I am Catholic, and as long as he is pro-life, I stand behind him. I will vote for a pro-life Protestant before I do a Catholic that is not.. I always thought that non-denominational meant just that – no denominations. I have Catholic friends that have attended non-denominational services and they still identify themselves as Catholics.

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