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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 15, 2004

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ann Rodgers, aided by America's Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J., plants a big wet kiss on Archbishop Wuerl's chances for USCCB leadership:

Wuerl made a strong case for educating both legislators and the public about why the church considers fetal protection a foundational human rights issue. But he would not turn away those who came forward for communion, saying that priests cannot instantly assess the hearts and souls of those who present themselves.

Wuerl pulled a classic Neville Chamberlain appeasement number last summer, slapping his brow at the horrors of abortion while giving pro-abort pols the green light for communion. "Priests cannot instantly assess the hearts and souls of those who present themselves." True. That's why -- after a man has spent more than $200 million to announce as clearly as possible to everyone who will listen that he intends to expose the unborn to an even greater risk of unjust death -- it's all the more important that a priest not treat him like an anonymous stranger in the communion queue, whose heart and soul are inscrutable.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 15, 2004 3:27 PM ET USA

    Whose chagrin? Yea, yea, I know he was counting on Archbishop.

  • Posted by: Monk247 - Nov. 15, 2004 10:09 AM ET USA

    Point of order-it's BISHOP Wuerl. (Much to his shagrin)