Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $40,615 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

incoherence

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 11, 2008

 If Joe Biden plans to visit Pensacola, Florida anytime soon, he knows that the bishop there questions his fitness to receive Communion. But in his own home diocese of Wilmington the vice-president-elect has no such problem; Bishop Malooly doesn't "want to alienate people." The difference can be explained thus:

  • Senator Biden's support for legal abortion is well known in Florida, but remains a secret in Delaware, so that his reception of the Eucharist does not constitute a scandal there? Nope. The voters in Delaware aren't stupide. They know. 
  • Public support for abortion is seriously wrong in Florida, but not in Delaware, because... No, that argument is going nowhere. If it's seriously wrong anywhere, it's seriously wrong everywhere.
  • A bishop in Florida is worried that Biden is jeopardizing his immortal soul, but the senator's own bishop isn't interested in that question. Let's hope that's not right.

OK, I give up. You tell me the difference.

And if you can do that, move on to problem #2. In today's Boston Globe, Cardinal Sean O'Malley is questioned about whether pro-abortion politicians should receive Communion, and delivers the following answer:

 

The church's teaching on worthiness for Communion and proper disposition is in the Catholic catechism, and it's no secret, and I support that. There is perhaps a teaching where we have not done as good a job of late as we used to. . . . Today, I think we need to reinforce that teaching a lot. And once that teaching is better understood, then, I think, it will be obvious as to who should be coming to Communion and who shouldn't. But until there's a decision of the church to formally excommunicate people, I don't think we're going to be denying Communion to the people. However, whatever the church's decision is, we will certainly enforce.

For extra credit, answer the following questions:

  1. The Church's teaching is "no secret." What is it, and where can it be found in the cardinal's answer?
  2. If "it's no secret," why is there a need to "reinforce that teaching" and make it better understood?
  3. When will that reinforcement begin? When will it be obvious who should come to Communion and who shouldn't? Who will make it obvious?
  4. If the Church decides formally to excommunicate people, who will make that decision for the Boston archdiocese?
  5. Who is the Archbishop of Boston? 

 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($128,302 to go):
$150,000.00 $21,697.70
86% 14%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics 4 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17
No, mainstream religious orders aren't attracting vocations as fast as younger traditional orders October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - 14 hours ago
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6