Josh Duggar is spending a few months in rehab, which means that he’ll get a long break from parenting his four kids and consoling his distraught wife of almost seven years, Anna Duggar. The situation seems extremely unfair to Anna — her husband gets to run away after admitting to cheating on her, and she’s stuck at home with an infant and three young children.
Perhaps Josh Duggar’s family members saw that a break from parenting four kids would also do Anna a little good. If a recent report is true, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are taking care of at least two of Anna’s kids while she’s back in Florida.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Anna and Josh Duggar’s son and daughter, Michael and Mackyenzie, spent Saturday with Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard in Arkansas. However, a source close to the Duggar family recently told E! News that Anna Duggar is currently back in Florida with her mom.
“She isn’t in Arkansas,” the source said. “She is getting support from her family. She is staying with her mom.”
Michael and Mackyenzie were with an assortment of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s kids when they celebrated Talk Like A Pirate Day yesterday. Perhaps Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar offered to let Anna’s kids stay at their place for a while because they feel sorry for their daughter-in-law — Anna probably needs a little less stress in her life while she focuses on fixing her marriage. The Pickles and Hairspray Facebook page reports that Jim Bob Duggar and two of his sons were spotted at the Epcot theme park in Florida on Friday, so perhaps they were there to drop Anna off or check up on her.
According to the E! News source, Anna is standing by Josh Duggar, but it’s probably going to be tough to forgive him for what he did. Meanwhile, Josh has a new issue to worry about that is unrelated to his marital problems.
After admitting to cheating on his wife and enjoying pornography, Josh Duggar checked himself into Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based treatment center in Rockford, Illinois. Josh isn’t the biggest fan of Catholics, so the former 19 Kids and Counting star is probably turning his nose up at some of the work he’s doing during his stint in rehab.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Josh Duggar will spend plenty of time praying and studying the Bible, but most of his day will consist of providing some form of free labor for Reformers Unanimous or the church the treatment center is affiliated with, North Love Baptist Church. This work includes cooking, construction, and cleaning.
Part of Josh Duggar’s treatment also consists of mandatory church attendance, and the Independent Baptist probably feels right at home at North Love — after all, the church does have strong ties to Bill Gothard, the religious leader who has influenced so many of the Duggar’s views. However, Radar Online reports that Josh is also expected to do ten hours of “volunteer” work at the local St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Community Center, and he might not feel quite as comfortable there.
Josh will be doing good deeds by serving meals to the hungry and stocking the pantry shelves, but he might cringe a little knowing that he’s working for a Catholic organization. Back in 2012, Josh Duggar made it known that he isn’t a big fan of most Catholics by tweeting that Catholics’ beliefs are “wrong.” According to a commenter on the Duggars Without Pity blog, Josh deleted the tweet. However, someone copied his words before he tried to take them back.
“B in FL 4 Santorum campaign next week,” Josh Duggar wrote. “Rick’s personal relationship with Christ is real; Catholics in general = wrong beliefs.”
Josh isn’t the only member of the Duggar family who has a problem with Catholics. As the Inquisitr previously reported, there’s a good chance that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are trying to convert Catholics to their fundamentalist brand of Christianity during their mission trip in Central America. And according to Radar Online, Jessa Duggar’s husband, Ben Seewald, explained why he and his wife are anti-Catholic in a 2014 Facebook post that has since been deleted. Ben expressed his belief that Catholics were making “deadly errors,” and he complained about their veneration of Mary.
“I DO have a problem with the teaching that man can come to God through Mary or any other person besides Jesus,” Seewald wrote. “I DO have a problem with the deification of Mary as a sinless being. Mary herself admitted her need for a Savior. If she had no sin, she would need no Savior.”
It’s very like that these are the same “wrong beliefs” Josh Duggar had in mind when he shared his own anti-Catholic post. Unfortunately, Josh’s own beliefs didn’t stop him from making a mess of his life by cheating on his wife.
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