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Mark Wahlberg Says It’s ‘An Even Bigger Sin’ To Deny His Faith


Mark Wahlberg Says It’s ‘An Even Bigger Sin’ To Deny His Faith

Wahlberg insisted he doesn’t want to jam it down anybody’s throat.

The Ted actor is forever open about his faith, but he has insisted he wouldn’t jam it down anybody’s throat. And Catholicism, according to Mark Wahlberg has allowed him to remain focused on being a better version of himself, and he adds that he can’t deny his religion even though faith isn’t popular in Hollywood. 

The 51-year-old, who recently appeared on the Today Show on Ash Wednesday, which starts the 40 days of Lent, also claimed that denying his religion would be a bigger sin. 

“I have always talked about my faith.” It’s a balance. I don’t wanna jam it down anybody’s throat, but I do not deny my faith. That’s an even bigger sin. You know, it’s not popular in my industry, but, you know, I cannot deny my faith. “It’s important for me to share that with people,” Wahlberg told the Today Show. 

Speaking about what his faith means, he insisted: “It’s everything, it’s afforded me so many things.”

The Uncharted actor continued: “God didn’t come to save the saints; he came to save the sinners. We’ve all had issues in our lives and we want to be better versions of ourselves, and through focusing on my faith, it’s allowed me to do that.” The actor’s family is Catholic, with his son attending his confirmation in July last year. 

Notably, Wahlberg appeared on the show with a black cross on his forehead. On Ash Wednesday, Catholic devotees receive the ashes in the form of the cross. 

Mark Wahlberg Says It’s ‘An Even Bigger Sin’ To Deny His Faith

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of praying and fasting and the words ‘Repent and believe in the Gospel or the dictum ‘Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return is loudly uttered. Also, Confirmation is one of the seven Catholic sacraments and at the time Michael undergoes the rite, he rocked a white button-down shirt with a gray tie and matching gray slacks. 

It’s inspiring how much Wahlberg is immersed in participating in acts of contrition after he had served 45 days in prison amid his teen days for felony assault for two racially charged attacks on Vietnamese men on the same day.

In April 1988, the actor assaulted a middle-aged Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam calling him a Vietnam f**king s*** and knocking him unconscious with a wooden stick. On the same day, he attacked a man named Hoa Trinh, whom he punched in the eye. Documents obtained by The Smoking Gun in 1997 claimed Wahlberg was arrested for making numerous unsolicited racial statements about g**ks and slant-eyed g**ks. 

Before the assault on Vietnamese men, Wahlberg and three friends had in June 1986 chased after three black children while yelling ‘kill the n****r, kill the n****r and throwing rocks at them. 

Mark Wahlberg Says It’s ‘An Even Bigger Sin’ To Deny His Faith
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In August 1986, a civil action was filed against him for violating the civil rights of his victims but the case got settled the following month. Another incident happened in August 1992, when Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an attack, as documents state, without provocation or cause, he viciously and repeatedly kicked a man in the face while another man held the victim to the ground.

However, the Boston native has since moved on to a successful career and shares four children with Rhea Durham: Michael, Grace, 12, Brendan, 18, and Ella, 18. 

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