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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | May 23, 2004

Can Leila predict the future, or what?

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: Coco - May. 24, 2004 7:41 PM ET USA

    Pure conjecture, but perhaps the good bishop was reminded of skeletons in his closet since--after he made that strong statement against pro-abort politicians....

  • Posted by: Jim E - May. 24, 2004 3:40 PM ET USA

    What a disappointment! Myers was highly thought of in Peoria, Ill. diocese. Now he backs off very quickly form the message he sent in his pastoral letter. I am wiling to listen to any bishop's explanation why they should not deny communion to an abortion advocate. However, to date,I have not heard any reasonable explanation. Why don't bishops have a serious concern for the sanctity of the Eucharistic? Can any person who supports serious sin receive Communion? Bishops help me understand!

  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 23, 2004 4:15 PM ET USA

    Jam 2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; Jam 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Jam 2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

  • Posted by: shrink - May. 23, 2004 10:14 AM ET USA

    This NYTimes report seems to be Bishop Myers's version of: "I voted for the resolution before I voted against it!" As in many retractions, Myers took one step forward and two steps back, ending further behind (in moral stature) than when he started.