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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jan 28, 2007

Bishops ought to think carefully before handing over Holy Communion to “manifest grave sinners,” like civil authorities who publicly promote contraception, abortion and same sex marriage. (Can. 915). Jesus was surely referring to the “chief priests” when He said to Pilate “he who handed me over to you is guilty of the greater sin” (Jn.18:35; 19:11).

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  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Jan. 30, 2007 6:14 PM ET USA

    I'd buy a t-shirt or sweatshirt.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 29, 2007 1:57 PM ET USA

    Can we have this printed on t-shirts?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 29, 2007 1:20 PM ET USA

    Well, the natural progression of bad theological thought is bearing fruit. The notion that that God is good and inclusive and does not reject sinners (post VII thinking ) has cancelled the notion that serious sin excludes one from the Eucharest. Soon, if not already somewhere, a bishop will declare there is no such thing as a mortal sin. Spiritual courage to lead as Jesus led seems to be beyond the character of some US bishops. Pray for them.

  • Posted by: Gino - Jan. 29, 2007 12:52 PM ET USA

    I love the title U S Conference of Cowardly Bishops. Very apt title. Our bishops would only take Diogene's Can. 915 and twist it into something unlike the original. They do it all the time; obviously they feel members of the laity are completely uninformed or just plain stupid. For the most part they are truly pathetic!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 28, 2007 2:56 PM ET USA

    You know Di, this is what it all boils down to! So, the question is: will the ones who keep "handing Jesus" over be rewarded by being named Bishops, or Cardinals? Will the faithful continue to suffer scandal at a time when belief in the Real Presence is at a troubling low? Will we continue to conduct business as usual when even those who do not read Can 915 as clearly as it seems to be written admit that the battle over the sanctity of human life is THE chief & most pressing issue of our times?

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Jan. 28, 2007 1:36 PM ET USA

    Does anyone really think that the U,S. Conference of Cowardly Bishops will give this much thought?

  • Posted by: 30 year priest - Jan. 28, 2007 12:58 PM ET USA

    Hitting the nail precisely on the head - A++! Thanks, Diogenes!

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 28, 2007 12:51 PM ET USA

    Very appropriate, Diogenes.... Very "Eucharistic..." An excellent example of a "Catholic" use of Scripture.... Also, very scarey..... We can only hope now that our dear bishops arrive at the same conclusion... Pax et Bonum, JP

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