Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mark Wahlberg Loves His Catholicism, But Thinks Gay Marriage Is Okay

By 6 a.m., he's eating breakfast, then he and Durham get their four kids, ages 3 to 10, dressed, fed and off to school. After that, Wahlberg heads to church. He prays almost every day, still loyal to the Roman Catholicism he grew up with, which became more and more important to him in his late 20s and 30s. “I don't go to Mass every day,” he says. “But I like to start my day by going to get my 15 to 20 minutes of prayer, getting focused and giving thanks.”
He is nonjudgmental about others who don't share his beliefs, but still prays that they might find God, as he has. He says he's impressed with Pope Francis (“He's pretty awesome”) but rejects the church's stance on gay marriage, which he supports “absolutely.”

*Author’s note: I think Wahlberg’s disconnect between his Faith, and the full acceptance of what the Church teaches is symptomatic of many contemporary Catholics. From what he says, he is undeniably a prayerful man yet he cannot reconcile that prayerfulness with Catholic moral principles. As someone from his generation, he is two years older than me, I think this is a case, not of stubborn heard-headedness, but of a lack in catechesis during childhood. As a kid, I vividly remember a well-intentioned, but misguided, young priest telling a class full of schoolchildren that the best Catholics are those “that question everything.” I bought into that; and questioned. But, with no one around to answer those nagging uncertainties, I left them unresolved, doubted, and then disregarded my immature and fragile Faith all together.





5 comments:

  1. It would probably also ruin his career, if he spoke out against gay marriage. There is now a sort of self-censorship with regards to this issue, as everyone fears the bullies (remember Santorum). That said, I also thunk that a lot of critics lack compassion and understanding, and alienate people with homosexual feelings

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  2. Do you think you might try to send Mark a personal message? I think he needs to hear this.

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  3. I'm sure Mark Wahlberg is like many of us, who, while comfortable with the Catholicism they have managed to adhere to (out of cultural or social machinations), has not really bothered to understand the "whys" behind the "whats" when it comes to the Church's teachings on sexuality. Yet, once that "why" is fully absorbed, the beauty, depth, and freedom offered becomes something one is drawn to. If he can see the truth and beauty behind other teachings, then, like an intricate tapestry that is interconnected, all other teachings begin to make more sense. As George Weigel remarked, once you remove one strand of the fabric, the whole piece begins to unravel. We should keep him and his family in our prayers as he continues to strive to live by his faith.

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  4. Mankind threw out Faith in the Age of Enlightenment, but we always at least had Reason. With Reason, you could figure out that same sex "marriage" wasn't really marriage. But the frightening thing today is that we have thrown out Reason as well. The landscape is dominated by Materialists. Materialism is absent of any metaphysics, so they are very hard to talk to. People like Dawkins and Hitchens said God didn't exist because they don't like the way He created the world or what He revealed about Himself. And since they themselves don't like it, it can't be real. My husband says there is only one approach left to reach the hearts and minds of mankind and that is Love. We have to use the message of Love. God bless you. Susan Fox www.christsfaithfulwitness.com

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  5. He needs salvation only found in Christ and absent from the Catholic Church

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