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Creating wiggle room

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 18, 2004

Cardinal McCarrick has reported to his brother bishops on the thorny question of denying Communion to people who support the unrestricted, government-subsidized, slaughter of the innocent.

There isn't much news, really. The status quo is holding. The bishops will continue to talk things over. And then, this:

The Committee on Doctrine, with assistance from the Committee on Pastoral Practices, has agreed to take up the matter of Church teaching on the proper disposition to receive Holy Communion, not only for politicians, but for all of us.

This new study by a committee of US bishops is deemed necessary, you see, because the Catechism, the Code of Canon Law, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Redemptionis Sacramentum, Cardinal Ratzinger's letter to Cardinal McCarrick. and the Vatican's Doctrinal note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life-- which all cover the same subject, and say the same thing-- have left the American hierarchy with one nagging question:

"How do we squirrel our way out of this?"

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 22, 2004 2:21 PM ET USA

    Dear Minidoc, I prefer "Snakes and sons of snakes..." It maintains a certain orientation and consistency. JP

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Nov. 20, 2004 5:36 PM ET USA

    Isn't time that the good Bishops {Burke, Sheridan, Chaput et. al. declared themselves removed from the USCCB and pledged their loyalty to the Vicar of Christ and the Magisterium of the Church. They can then put the others in a position as to whether they are going to pledge their loyalty, and to whom!!!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 19, 2004 7:59 AM ET USA

    Oh PLEASE, NOT another committee! Hey, some of these guys sound more like Presbyterians...when the going got rough, FORM A COMMITTEE! If only we had more of them like Bishop Bruskewitz, Bishop Sheridan, and Archbishop Chaput!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 19, 2004 4:22 AM ET USA

    A bishop unwilling to defend the Faith and act decisively in the defence of the Blessed Sacrament is as useful to God as a roach is to me.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2004 10:52 PM ET USA

    "Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2004 9:48 PM ET USA

    We'll be reading about the Bishops forming another Committee to study Communion and its unworthy reception in 2025!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 18, 2004 5:44 PM ET USA

    Just one small correction, if I may be so bold, Diogenes. I think you have the wrong small animal. A squirrel saves things. Hence, a person who lays things aside for a rainy day is said to squirrel them away. The animal their graces remind you (and the rest of us) of is the weasel. They are weaseling out.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Nov. 18, 2004 5:17 PM ET USA

    Man, you hit Cardinal McCarrick right between the eyes on this one, Diogenes. The Cardinal's clear dissent from the Church and the dissent of the bishops who stand with him has just deepened this week since they elected fellow traitors Bp. Skylstad and Bp. Trautman. If you don't mind, Diogenes, I might just copy your points and incorporate them into a letter to the Cardinal from this lowly priest.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 18, 2004 1:07 PM ET USA

    Cardinal McCarrick-- who uncharitable folks (not I) are referring to as Herr Squirrelmeister-- reminds one of the Post-It note commercial from a few years back. The squirrel is busy burying his acorns all over the yard and runs back into his oak tree where he looks up to see 5 or 6 hundred yellow stickies lining the inside, telling him where he buried all his nuts. Here's to more nuts falling from trees, and more sticky notes in the ol' USSCB oak tree. Tie a rainbow sash 'round the ol oak...

  • Posted by: - Nov. 18, 2004 11:49 AM ET USA

    "We must...teach more clearly..." Cdl. McCarrick How...? By forming a Task Force. Which will produce a 'Reader'. Which will be "made available to bishops". Who will then use it for "teaching, dialogue, and persuasion". Translation: We will tie this up in committee. Which will in time (a lot of time) produce a mushy document. Which no self-respecting bishop will touch with a 10-foot pole. Conclusion: We dodged a bullet and avoided making a decision - again. Life is good!

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 18, 2004 11:20 AM ET USA

    What is there possibly left to study? Politicians are in the business of declaring their views on matters of morality and legislature which encourages, tolerates, or criminalizes moral acts. They are different from "all of us".

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Nov. 18, 2004 9:59 AM ET USA

    Please, no sarcasm here! You are referring to Master Squirrels when you speak of many of our prelates. They have learned to wiggle between two welded pennies. Decades of speaking publicly and being able to say absolutely nothing has produced a body of men never before seen on this planet. The problem is that they can never remember where they buried last fall's nuts.

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