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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 23, 2008

The Washington Post's On Religion blog, which brings you the spiritual wisdom of luminaries like Starhawk and Deepak Chopra, also has room for a house(broken) Catholic, one Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, whose latest posting begins:

In case you haven’t noticed, Catholic bishops have stopped denying communion to politicians in this 2008 political campaign.

Actually I hadn't noticed. When did they stop? Or more to the point, how could they stop, since they had never started? We've had sporadic discussions, over the last several years, about the possibility that bishops might deny Communion to pro-abortion pols. To the best of my knowledge it hasn't happened yet.

Stevens-Arroyo thinks the bishops should refrain from insisting that public sinners should be recognized as public sinners. But the Post's blogger is nothing if not tolerant:

I am not against Catholics in office following the moral teachings of the Church...

Wow. What a guy.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 26, 2008 12:48 PM ET USA

    In re: his remarks about Gov. Sibelius ("...it seems to me that publishing the list of her obligations is one sure way of making sure she doesn’t follow them"), someone needs to tell this joker that the common practice in the early Church was public confession. Yep, people back then actually thought true repentence important enough to merit shaming themselves before their peers. That's how much they desired heaven. Would that Catholics today had even one hundredth as much faith.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 25, 2008 4:13 PM ET USA

    Whew! What a relief Mr. Stevens-Arroyo has no epistemological problems with Catholics following the moral teachings of their Church. That was a close call; my heart skipped a beat! Many no doubt will wait with baited breath for his next pronouncement. The Washington Post is, after all, one of the most authoritative voices in Catholic moral theology today.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 24, 2008 1:34 PM ET USA

    Hey Granny! I'm with you, you call it drivel, and I call it B.S. or SPIN.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 24, 2008 6:55 AM ET USA

    To unum: When the shepherds are wolves in disguise, then the sheep are nothing but mutton.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 24, 2008 6:00 AM ET USA

    When shepherds guard the flock, the sheep are safe. When shepherds hang out with the wolves, the flock is in trouble. The American flock is in trouble.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 24, 2008 1:11 AM ET USA

    Having read Stevens-Arroyo's whole Wash. Post post, I suggest somebody start a catholic/snopes/religiousmyths site to refute the various exaggeratiions, half truths, and ignorancies this character has written. It is exhausting to read such drivel.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 23, 2008 11:01 PM ET USA

    And pray that God raise up holy men for him to choose from.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 23, 2008 8:23 PM ET USA

    the bishops just wish abortion would go away as an issue. they prefer to be warm and fuzzy. how many criticized their brother bishop of richmond,virginia for facilitating the abortion of a minor? when they ask a politico not to receive communion, it is only passing news. and then they wonder why their opinion is only solicited for recipes. pray for b16 that he chooses holy leaders for his bishops.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 23, 2008 6:10 PM ET USA

    "I am not against Catholics in office following the moral teachings of the Church." That comment does not necessarily say that he's tolerant, but it pretty much proves he's not a Jesuit professor.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 23, 2008 1:31 PM ET USA

    How did they say it in the Sixties, "Heavy, Di, heavy!"

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