Rick Santorum, the most awesome candidate for president in at least 100 years (yes, I said it), made himself available this afternoon for conservative bloggers. DaTechGuy contrasts this with Mitt Romney and offers the roster of those who participated today. While others mostly asked questions that I knew all the answers to already because I hang onto every word he says on the campaign trail, I asked the really important question: Are you gettin’ to Mass and eatin’ your veggies?
My daughters, who are 11 and 13, love that I asked him that. Of course, they know that’s what I would ask them if they were away from home. Tina Korbe, associate editor at HotAir, tweeted, “Also, love that another blogger just asked
@RickSantorum if he’s going to Mass and eating his veggies …’ When I told Shelley Ahlersmeyer, Rick Santorum’s National Grassroots Coordinator, what I had asked him, she said, “I saw on Twitter that some blogger asked him about that on the conference call….I figured it was you Lisa!”
Hey, it’s “the” question! I’m a Catholic mom. It’s what we do.
And his answer? “YES”! Actually, the answer to the question about Mass is that he was able to go to Mass yesterday and that he’s going to try to work it in this evening. For all of you Catholics out there who have asked me if he goes to daily Mass, there’s your answer. YES, he does! At least, when he is able to, he does. For non-Catholics who aren’t aware, this is a strong indication of a deep faith in, and reliance on, God. Catholics are only required to go to Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.
Daily Mass is not something new for the former Senator. NewsBusters contributor Matthew Balan tells me that he used to see Rick Santorum at daily Mass when he was serving in D.C. Having said that, even though he is an attorney, Rick Santorum isn’t exactly what you would call a canon lawyer. Recently, I asked him if he is familiar with the phrase “eclipse of reason”, which many conservative Catholic bloggers (like, say, those at Catholic Vote?) would probably find immediately familiar. He had not. Not only this, when I mentioned that it was part of Pope Benedict’s Christmas Address last year, an address that dealt with Christianophobia and the persecution of Christians in the world, something that I was sure he’d most likely read considering his position on the so-called “Arab Spring”, he said he was not familiar with it. Any who may think Rick Santorum is taking orders from the Vatican, a concern for some non-Catholics about having a Catholic president, would be sorely mistaken.
As for the veggies, the Senator told me that someone is always following him around making sure that he is eating right. He noted that, unfortunately, this isn’t always the easiest thing to do out on the road. He does what he can.
I feel better knowing Rick Santorum is getting to Mass and eating his veggies, don’t you?