Sen. Marco Rubio's religious journey: Catholic to Mormon to Catholic to Baptist and Catholic
February 23rd, 2012
05:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Sen. Marco Rubio's religious journey: Catholic to Mormon to Catholic to Baptist and Catholic

(CNN) - A new wrinkle emerged Thursday in the autobiography of a rising Republican star: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, was once a Mormon. Rubio, a Cuban-American who has played up his Catholic roots on the campaign trail and today attends Catholic churches as well as a Southern Baptist megachurch, was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young boy.

Rubio's attendance in the church was little-known and made a splash when details of a forthcoming memoir were reported Thursday by the Miami Herald and the website BuzzFeed.


Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Religion
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. diridi

    ...................Hindu, to Muslim to Catholic to Mormon to Hindu to Jew......on...on...on...on. Idiot.

    February 23, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. The Elephant In The Room

    This will NOT endear him to the Neanderthals.

    Bad enough he was born and raised as the member of a "cult" [this is what we should expect Franklin Graham to say, provided he remains consistent with his past comments on others]. Beyond that though, Catolic, to Baptist and back to Catholic? True , born again believers will not "cotton" to such political expendiency. Nor will they be convinced that Rubio has recieved God`s call and accepted him as Lord & Savior.

    As far a nationwide politics in the xenophobic Republican Party, Mr. Rubio is DONE. He`l be relegated to Florida elections only or he`ll have to join the Democrats to acsend higher.

    February 23, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    He's a Moooslem, too! Let's see his birth certificate!

    February 23, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. joan wheelr

    It's time to enforce the separation of church and state. I'm tired of hearing about catholics, mormens, muslims, and other extremist religious groups. Religion has no place in politics. It belongs in the church/temple,mosque, etc., and in the home. Religiously speaking, the only thing we should care about a candidate is that he/she is honest, fair and behaves decently toward others. If you want to call this behavior, Christian, go ahead, that's your opinion. I just call it being a good person. We need more of those in politics and fewer right-wing religious nuts who want to force their beliefs on everyone else, which sounds like fanaticism to me.

    February 23, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. larry

    Rubio flip-flops on religion as much as Willard does on politics–perfect VP pick if Romney can seal the deal for the nomination.

    February 23, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Typical republican never get satisfied

    February 23, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Anchor baby Rubio has a lot more baggage than religion.

    February 23, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    What we really have here is:

    A) Anchor baby (long form birth certificate please)
    B) Liar (Castro regime)
    C) Questionable religious affiliation (Mormon, Catholic)

    It all = republican.

    February 23, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Larry L

    His path through the various religions is like Newt's trip through "Holy Matrimony". Where do Republicans find these flakes?

    February 23, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    I'm surprised Republicans haven't called Rubio a Muslim or is it too soon to say, but one should be courious as to who this guy really is.

    February 23, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Willie Floyd

    As a Christian, I become more disgusted with each passing day as the right wing Rep. extremists "profess" to be such devoted Christians. They have apparently ripped out many pages of their Bibles. I hear more unChristian remarks coming out of their mouths daily. OBSERVE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!!! Display your faith in the way you live your life and treat your fellow man.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 23, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    Doesnt matter if he worships a pile of spaghetti. The first amendment still applies. No one is disqualified based on their religion. Of course, You can still disqualify Rubio for being a liar and an incompetent dolt, but not based on his religion.

    February 23, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. fatzer

    All better than obama who was a christian then as a boy in indonesia a muslim then back to america and christianity. its a well known fact that he was registered as a muslim in school in indonesia and attended mosque

    February 23, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Jane

    Whatever 'religion' is politically expedient, that's the religion Mr. Rubio espouses.

    February 23, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. bc runner

    Ha ha!! He is in trooble now. A lot of Republicans were pushing him as VP material. No way now the Republicans will go for another Mormon..even if he is a Carholic again.. No way!!

    February 23, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. ge

    wheres the votes this week –what costume should i put on–hate to have to get a real job

    February 23, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Bessy

    Hey, what's wrong with trying them all. LOL I'm sure he'll be anything that can buy him votes.

    February 23, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. koolman

    I' m sick of all this religious crap. Try being a good person for a change. Be religious if you like but leave it out of politics. Nobody cares if your a christian or not! And stop trying to tell me how to live my life and worry about your own life. Has america gone completely mad?

    February 23, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    Omg. What's next?, Christy loving fried chicken.

    February 23, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. ST

    What made him change religions as if he was changing clothes. If it were marriages, we could count he was married five times. Awful!

    February 23, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. GI Joe.

    He's a flipflopper AND a liar. Yep, fits right into the republican party.

    February 23, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Anthony... proud tax payer

    Can we start accusing him of being a Muslim now too. While we're at it, let's see the long form Birth Certificate. But oh wait.. he's white, and Republican. Never mind.

    Defeat Hypocrisy

    Obama 2012

    February 23, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  23. ct

    why it doesnt surprise me...

    February 24, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. HenryPEngel

    By learning from "Penny Health" When it comes to medical insurance, never use the words "experimental" or "investigational" or tell them that you want them to pay for a clinical trial.

    February 24, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  25. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    really to me a person's religion or non religion should not be a big deal. Yet we have some that think if you're something other than Christian you are somehow not worthy of the highest office in the land. Heck at one time the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant bunch aka WASP didn't even want somebody like Santorum in office because he's a Catholic and they considered them to be idol worshipers. But now all of a sudden being Catholic is alright if you're going against the "evil Muslim" Obama to get him out of office. Religion and politics do not make good bedfellows and I doubt if they ever will.

    February 24, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
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