Over in the UK, Damien Thompson has discovered what no Catholic reporter over here noticed: Marco Rubio is no longer a practicing Catholic.
Though raised an Hispanic Catholic, he apparently stopped practicing about six years ago and now goes to some evangelical ecclesial community in Florida, which sees more of his money than any Catholic bishop ever did.
Now, here's my question.
On what grounds does any priest or bishop deny this man the Eucharist?
After all, our bleeding heart liberal priest/bishop friends are insistent that the communion rail is not the place for political fights.
They insist that Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi should receive.
So why not Marco?
I mean, sure, Marco hasn't been to Mass in a few years, but Joe and Nancy haven't been to a valid confession in decades (you have to be truly sorry for your sins for the absolution to be valid), and that doesn't seem to bother anyone.
Sure, Marco no longer believes in the Real Presence.
That's different from the majority of Catholics... how?
Marco is closer to Catholic teaching in his opposition to abortion, his support for subsidiarity and his understanding of government than any Catholic-schooled freak politician we've had since... well... since.... ok, help me out here...
So, honestly, what separates this man from reception of the Eucharist, according to our bishops?
I would truly like to know.
Some people are upset that Rubio gave tens of thousands to a Protestant church.
How is he different from the US Bishops CCHD, which gives millions to frankly anti-Catholic organizations? One could easily argue that Rubio's donations are much MORE Catholic than the USCCB's donations.