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Test case

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Apr 29, 2004

"It is not our policy to deny Communion to anyone."

Anyone? Let's imagine a hypothetical test case.

Imagine that Adolph Hitler is discovered alive. Let's say he escaped to Paraguay, where Nazi scientists had unlocked the secret of cryogenic storage, and he's just now been thawed out; he has the appearance of a healthy man in his 60s.

So Hitler flies to Boston and holds a press conference in front of the State House, announcing his plans to set up a Nazi regime in the US. In answer to a reporter's question, he says that he considers himself a good Catholic, and will be attending Mass at the closest available Catholic church-- which, as it happens, is the Paulist Center.

The phone rings at the chancery. It's the Paulist Center. How do you think that conversation goes?

And if Hitler is denied Communion, what do you think the Boston Globe will say?

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 30, 2004 4:07 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Pell denied Holy Communion to activist homosexuals who arrived with the Media. It made the TV then (about two years ago) but now it is old news and both he and Archbishop Dennis Hart of Melbourne have repeated this denial of Holy Communion to those people and it is not mentioned on the TV any more. I really can't see why this simple confrontation is being ducked. If it is tackled, the shock sensation lasts a little while with the general public and then simply becomes non-news. I think that it does last a bit longer with those who have been denied Communion.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2004 1:32 PM ET USA

    You are forgetting the critical difference between extreme Left and extreme Right. Of course, would be denied communion -- in full view of the New York/Boston media and their cameras. Stalin, more extreme in his barbarism, would be allowed to distribute communion and self-communicate like the Eucharist were so many snack ers. There would be a special Paulist gathering in his honor after Mass, attended by the cream of the American episcopacy.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2004 11:09 AM ET USA

    I'm not sure what the "score" is as of today ... but I wonder if the abortion industry in America (including the politicians that make their "work" possible) hasn't killed more innocent people than all the Nazi's put together. The abortionists methods are no less efficient ... plus they don't have the bad press of all those awful pictures being aired on TV and newspapers. I nominate JFK for this year's annual Goebbels Public Service Award.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Apr. 29, 2004 10:00 AM ET USA

    "And if Hitler is denied Communion, what do you think the Boston Globe will say?" Answer: "Ultra-right wing Orthodox Catholics causing scandal at Paulist Center".

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