Going over the news feeds I found it odd to see the headline What Is Marco Rubio’s Religion?. But apparently the reporter who wrote the story has been running similar pieces on politicians running in the midterm election.
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.”
These were suppose to be answers to frequently asked questions. So whether someone is a convert to a faith is a frequently asked question or what church they attend?
Very strange for a reporter to call someone who attends a Protestant church for six years a Catholic. Somehow I doubt the reporter is considering the nuances of formal defection introduced by the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the subsequent very strict interpretation of it by he Pontifical Commission for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts in 2006. Though since this clarification likely was not retroactive Rubio could be seen as formerly defecting since he is enrolled in another Christian church. Though I don’t play a Canon Lawyer on my blog or on TV. [Jimmy Akin on the subject]
Now the question is how accurate is this report? It does indeed seem that Marco Rubio attends this “denominational non-denomonational” church to which over the years has donated close to 66,000 dollars and his attendance there is referenced in several stories. Though The Huffington Post calls him an “observant Roman Catholic” so I guess that proves that he is now a Protestant. Easy to see the confusion since maybe Rubio is confused himself since his government web page lists Roman Catholic and just about every other source does the same. I would be curious as to what the actual situation is – though this has no effect on my voting for Marco Rubio. Religious affiliation is not what I look for in a candidate, but certainly I desire the unity in that all belong to Christ’s Church – the Catholic Church.