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Kerry Communion watch

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Apr 25, 2004

John Kerry received Communion at the Paulist Center in Boston on Saturday, one day after the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship said he shouldn't.

A spokesman for the Paulists said that they were following directives from the Boston archdiocese. The Boston archdiocese said that they were awaiting directives from the US bishops' conference. The Vatican said that bishops-- that's individual diocesan bishops, not the conference-- should enforce existing Church norms.

BTW, check the news photo against the Vatican document, and you'll notice another clear violation of Church liturgical norms. Do you suppose the Boston archdiocese will be cracking down on the Paulist Center this week? Or passing the buck again?

Oops! Sorry; my mistake. The photo of Kerry taking communion came from Palm Sunday, when he participated in a Protestant church service. (The altar rail should have been a giveaway; you won't find that at the Paulist Center.)

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 25, 2004 5:00 PM ET USA

    The photo appears to be the same one used in a newspaper article a few weeks ago when Kerry was at an AME church service.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 25, 2004 9:36 AM ET USA

    The Archbishop of Boston is responsible for ecclesiastical discipline in Boston. He must choose between legitimate protection of the Blessed Sacrament from sacrilege at the lips of a notorious abortion enabler or the benefits he might accrue from yielding to human respect. As for the priest who gives the Sacrament to Mr. Kerry - it sounds from the nature of this wierd chapel that he will have this and other issues to explain to St. Peter when he attempts to enter at the Pearly Gates!