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Rubio Attacks the Catholic Church

Marco Rubio loosed some hardcore bile against the Catholic Church, accusing the Church of cozying up to the Castro regime.

The Daily Caller reports:

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he is “deeply concerned” that the leadership of the Catholic Church has “negotiated themselves a space of operation” in Cuba “in exchange for looking the other way,” and expressed concern that Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to the island may “reinforce that arrangement.”

Rubio, a Catholic, said during a discussion at The Heritage Foundation that the Catholic Church has “negotiated a political space for themselves in exchange for their moral imperative.”

Volunteering an example, Rubio said, “last week… the church invited — the cardinal invited — Castro thugs to come into the church and remove people.”

Rubio also denounced the church for “actively participating in exiling dissidents,” sarcastically adding, “somehow exiling someone to Spain is a humanitarian measure.”
I don't know for sure specifically what he's referring to but it might just be the story that came out that within the last week that protesters had occupied Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity in Havana and the Cathedral of Pinar del Rio in an apparent effort to demand an audience with Pope Benedict during his March 25-29 visit to the country.

They wouldn't leave the church until the Pope came to see them, according to CNA. So the pastor called the police and had them removed. That's hardly rising to the level of cozying up to dictators.

Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Havana, Orlando Marquez, called the incidents an “organized strategy by various groups in different regions of the country” aimed at “creating difficult situations” as the Pope's visit approaches.

Marquez called the recent protests “illegitimate” and “irresponsible.”

This seems like a pretty wild and outrageous accusation from a Senator of the United States if that's what he's basing it on. I know a lot of folks had been considering Rubio as a strong possibility for a veep slot but these kinds of comments seem so out of bounds to me that I hope everyone would reconsider. He needs to be pressed on this issue. If he's got evidence to back up what he's saying, then let's hear it.

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31 comments:

Paula J said...

Oh man...I hope there's more to this story...I really like Rubio.

Anonymous said...

Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen, anyway. His parents were not citizens at the time of his birth. Let him stay in the Senate.

Blackrep said...

I hear that the Pope is bringing his crocodile to Cuba. Hopefully this is part of a secret Vatican plot to devour the Castros with Papal attack amphibians.

Anonymous said...

Crocodiles are amphibians????!!!!!!???

Anonymous said...

Double check that Rubio is still a Catholic. I remember reading he fell in with the Southern Baptists and their heresy but was baptized Catholic. Either way, Marco, shut it!

lisag said...

The Pope is going to Cuba to evangelize. He is going to speak and I'm sure he will bring up the oppressive regime in Cuba. It is controversial, but everything the Pope does is controversial to someone. Why doesn't Rubio offer to pray for our 84 year old pontiff who represents out faith with Truth.

Kekule said...

Anonymous wrote, "Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen, anyway. His parents were not citizens at the time of his birth"

Since he was born in Miami, he is a natural born citizen -- no matter the citizenship status of his parents.

Anonymous said...

Rubio would be a disastrous VP pick, he has said he is Catholic, but attends and contributes to a non-Catholic Church, investigating a pick like this would split the values voters that form the base of the GOP.

Chris-2-4 said...

From what I heard, Rubio was Baptised Catholic, became a Mormon, reverted to Catholicism and now attends and evangelical church.

Sounds like just the right guy to compliment a Romney Candidacy.

mrflibbleisvryx said...

I am going to give Rubio the benefit of the doubt here. I live in Florida and you have no idea how passionate the Cuban population is in its opposition to the Castro regime in Cuba. Most of the elder generation of Cubans here are either actual exiles that escaped the violence and oppression there or people who have been too afraid to return to their home country because of the regime. Many lost friends and relatives during the days of Che. I can kind of understand them being upset at anything that looks like it might legitimize the Castros and their communist allies.

I love Pope Benedict and I absolutely believe he intends to come for purposes of evangelizing, but I can see being upset at the appearances of the visit if I were amongst the exiled population. The Holy Father is going to have to walk a mighty fine line during this visit. I will be praying for him and for the people of Cuba.

Jay Anderson said...

"From what I heard, Rubio was Baptised Catholic, became a Mormon, reverted to Catholicism and now attends and evangelical church.

"Sounds like just the right guy to compliment a Romney Candidacy."


Heh.

But my guess is that these comments just got Rubio bounced from any serious consideration for Dullard Flip Rino's running mate. At least they should. If Dullard does go ahead and make this anti-Catholic crapweasel his running mate, all the more reason to NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, EVER vote for Dullard Flip Rino.

Patrick Archbold said...

So Jay, what are you saying? ;)

Anonymous said...

There are priests in Cuba that are very cozy with the Castros and communism. There are some very vocal critics, but many (including the Cardinal) seem all too-often to back Castro, and not defend the weak.

Likewise, many writers, Catholics, world leaders (Walesa in Poland), have written to the Pope asking him to meet with the Ladies in White, and other political dissidents and prisoners of conscience... but no word yet on that.

That's the main reason for what Rubio said.

Jhynds said...

Kelule - the supreme court of the united states differs with you. The key term here is natural born citizen. It does not mean just born here it requires both parent be citizens, to qualify a natural born, not just born here....
This is also our presidents current dilemma .... His father was never a citizen....

Pablo the Mexican said...

Mr. Rubio is a good Catholic 'in communion' with Rome.

Bad Catholics are the ones like the Padre that got bounced by his Bishop for denying Holy Communion to a lesbian buddhists catholyk girl...

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Anneg said...

Matthew, There are a few facts your article did not reflect. There are lots of criticisms out there about Cardinal Ortega y Alamino's relationship to the state in Cuba. Some of his actions seem to make things too easy for the state and do not SEEM to protect the flock. I don't know what happens in private. That's the public perception. There are several dissident groups who tend to be faithful Catholic, who constantly confront the regime regarding human rights issues, disappeared relatives, decades-long illegal detentions, etc. Some of those groups occupied the chapel. I'm disappointed that the Church let the civil authorities arrest them.
It's a complicated situation. The Cardinal has his supporters and critics. Both are probably right in some instances. Just fyi and this may not apply, but all the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church up to the 1990's worked for the USSR and some of the bishops were KGB agents.

Anneg said...

Jhynds, Anon and all y'all others, Please consult a little history before you rule on who is or is not a US citizen, "natural born citizen".
The reason that anyone born on US soil is automatically a citizen is because of our history from colonization where children of colonists were automatically US citizens. Since then, anyone who was born in the US or US territory, protectorate and the Canal Zone were natural born US citizens. A US citizen parent can convey their citizenship to his/her child regardless of the other parent or where the child is born. That is the LAW. Look it up.
With y'all's logic, if a child is born by c-section they are not "natural-born", rather artificially born.
Come on. You have the right to your opinion but not to your facts. Where on earth did you get the idea that both parents had to be US citizens? Where did you get the idea that you had to have 2 US parents and had to be born in the geographical center of the country? This is ridiculous.
Jay Anderson, so, you'll be voting for Obama again?

Anonymous said...

Marco Rubio's family was co-opted by Mormons when his family moved to AZ for a few years (his father never converted. The Mormonism was dropped when they moved back to FL. Rubio is married to a Protestant and sometimes attends services with his wife, but also goes to Mass regularly--like many of us in similar circumstances. And, like others above, I would not underestimate the profound (and legitimate)revulsion of Cuban emigrees to any accomodation of the Castro regime. Marco's allowed to express his reservations. Pope Benedict is not a John Paul II, returning to his homeland; it is optimistic to expect his visit to have the same effects JPII's had in Poland.
CJohnson

Paul Zummo said...

Jay Anderson, so, you'll be voting for Obama again?

He didn't vote for Obama the first time.

And for the record, refusing to vote for Romney is NOT a vote for Obama, no matter how many times people shrilly declare it. Only a vote for Obama is a vote for Obama.

Other than that, great refutation of the birther silliness. People need to stop getting their "facts" from World Nut Daily.

Anonymous said...

As a Catholic whose parents are Cuban Americans and left Cuba because of the Castro regime, I totally understand Rubio's comments. I am a practicing Catholic homeschooler who has followed your blog for some time and disagree with you here. I don't agree with what the Cuban cardinal has done. I do pray that the pope's visit has lasting effects on the Cuban people and that many come to know Christ through him. Some links to commentaries about the Cardinal's actions in Miami:http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/21/2706730/cardinals-action-clouds-popes.html

Anonymous said...

Since it sounds to me like Romney will be the eventual nominee and there is ever more chatter that Rubio be his VP. Well, now I have more than sufficient reason to sit this election out.

Obama can have his way. With people like Romney and Rubio, this country is really going to hell!

So be it!

Hilltop said...

Grow up, most of you. If my archbishop asked police to clear out his cathedral of faithful gathered to voice their desire to meet the Pontiff, I'd speak out against him too. The archbishop of Havana should be doing everything he can to leverage the Pope's visit for ever greater religious freedoms for cubans. I am with Rubio. Put some heat on the fellow.

conservativechick757 said...

I'm not going to make some ignorant comment about what the situation in Cuba was or was not because I do not know the details of it and I know that there are a lot of very passionate views (justifiably so) when it comes to Castro. I just had to comment on the birther argument that seems to take over every thread about the nomination, it's irrelevant to have the argument in the first place because we are trying to win back the Senate and it would be self-defeating to knock that number down by one so that Rubio can be VP (clearly there's no shortage of people to choose from)People need to quit trying to act as if it's a done deal just because the establishment, like Jeb Bush (who doesn't even have the foresight to see that we can't lose any Senators) are going on tv and being whiny little babies about the longer process. they are the ones who changed the process. besides, something tells me that there's still more to learn about romney...I want to know all the dirt on him before obama is running it in attack ads!! keep an eye on Newt...if anyone is going to expose Mitt's baggage, it's Newt and he just got another cash infusion from his favorite billionaire donor...more reason to wonder what he's up to!! Must admit that I am having withdrawals from Newt ripping apart the leftist media....makes me wish there was just one more debate

Anonymous said...

I had heard some time ago that Rubio is an ex-Catholic. His comments here seem to indicate that not only is he an ex-Catholic, but that he is drinking the Jack Chick lemonade.

bbmoe said...

He didn't attack the Catholic Church- he criticized the Catholic Church in Cuba. If you read the WSJ, there was an excellent article about the situation running up to the Holy Father's visit. Cardinal Ortega doesn't want to ruffle official feathers (to be generous) and has ignored the pleas of human rights activists, including the Ladies in White and Oscar Biscet (the doctor who was thrown in prison for years for criticizing the brutal abortion practices of the regime). Ortega basically said that the pope's dance card is full- sorry.

Marco Rubio is right on this one, folks. The Catholic Church in Cuba is "safe" as long as it doesn't cross the regime. And BTW, the police ARE Castro's thugs.

bbmoe said...

Here's the link: http://goo.gl/BjF0a

And the bigoted remarks about Rubio's religious affiliations are disgusting.

Anonymous said...

There are priests in America cozy with this Aministration and they are not under threat of death and imprisonment.

Tom said...

If you do not vote for the Republican candidate for President in 2012, you will help to re-elect President Obama to a second term. President Obama will then be unencumbered from the need to run for re-election again, with the ability to act even more unaccountably in his second term. If you disliked the first term, and he wins re-election, you ain't seen nothin' yet!!

Helping to re-elect President Obama is especially true if you do not vote for the Republican candidate and live in one of the ten or twelve contested states in the 2012 Presidential election cycle. If you live in Vermont or Utah, your vote will have less effect. If you live in Ohio or Florida, your vote, or non-vote, may be the difference.

thomas tucker said...

Look, you can disagree with the policies of some prelates, espeically with regard to foreign policy, without it being termed an "attack on the Catholic Church."

Anonymous said...

Why on earth are y'all jumping on Rubio? We all know hell is full of prelates, we needn't use kid gloves with the cardinal. If anything, it's bad for his spiritual health. The regime in Cuba is illegitimate and the church should be in resistance there. More martyrs, less comfort.

Barefoot Momma said...

Thanks Anneg! But don't you know, facts seem to get in the way of agenda no matter what side one is on ;-)

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