If Mark Rubio was hired by the Archdiocese to run the Chancery, I would have been all over this story but on reflection, I hoped and prayed a good priest or Bishop would reach out to Marco and see if they could catch him in the net and bring him back to the Sacraments.
I went through a period in my early 20s and then again in my 30s when I was hanging by a thread to the Catholic Church. I actually even visited a few other Christian churches (thankfully those experiences left me empty).
Devout Catholic isn't a word I'd use for that period of my life.
If Rubio is courting the religious right by misrepresenting his faith, running around like John Kerry or Ted Kennedy does when they exploit Catholics, I missed it. It would be dumb to tarnish his credibility with this kind of foolishness because his political convictions stand on their own merits. I don't think the guy would have a problem picking up the Catholic vote, so I chalked it up to some kind of misunderstanding. This story just didn't sit right with me Does Eric Guinta vote for or against people on account of their religion? Does he think Catholics are only endorsing Catholics or we're going to jump the ship of a politician because he's not going to Mass?
We pray for him, we may encourage priests we know in the area to reach out, but we vote for people because of their political convictions.
The New York Times picked up the controversy today.
Frankly, the where Rubio is worshipping has the stink of an agenda on it though I can't quite put my finger on what it is. (The Romneybots?)