Young Faithful Catholics Jump into Political Ring
At Inside Catholic, Deal Hudson writes about the latest in a crop of young faithful Catholics getting involved in electoral politics:
As Republicans regroup in the days and months following the November election, some new faces have begun to emerge in the GOP. Among them is Rob Wasinger, a staffer for Sen. Sam Brownback for more than twelve years, the last four of them spent as Brownback's chief of staff. A Catholic convert since his sophomore year at Harvard, Wasinger became known on Capitol Hill as a highly effective expert on tax issues, human rights, human cloning, and human embryonic stem cells.
Wasinger, a political veteran at age 36, has already thrown his hat into the ring for the 1st Congressional District seat in Western Kansas, where he was born and raised. He has moved back to Kansas, and his family will be joining him in a few weeks.
Moving the Wasinger family is no small feat, given nine children, ranging in age from 3-and-a-half months to 14 years. Three girls and six boys have graced the lives of Rob and his wife, Meg, whom he married his senior year in college. Meg, a cradle Catholic, attended St. Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
Two years before his marriage, Wasinger entered the Catholic Church after "facing on campus a lot of the social problems you see in the world at large." In the midst of the battleground of ideas at Harvard, Wasinger was "tested about what I really believe."
A reading of Augustine's Confessions, among several other Catholic classics, gave him the spiritual bearings that would soon lead him to become a pro-life advocate as a staffer to Brownback. Wasinger wrote the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, cosponsored by Brownback and introduced in March 2007 (the bill is still pending).
In related news, Catholics in the Public Square reports on newly elected Congressman-elect Joseph Cao of Louisiana, who I previously blogged about here.