Let’s see. You reject certain Church teachings that have political implications. You wear an emblem that identifies you as someone who rejects those Church teachings that have political implications. You attend a Mass celebrated by a bishop who has recently affirmed those Church teachings that have political implications. You announce your plans to challenge him on those teachings that have political implications.
But you don’t challenge the bishop to a public debate on the political implications. No; you plan to create a confrontation during the Mass. As he distributes Holy Communion you make sure that you’re in his line, to challenge him. When he refuses to administer the Blessed Sacrament to you, you contact the media.
And what do you say?
“Jesus didn't play politics with communion,” Harry Knox, the HRC's religion and faith program director, said Tuesday in a statement from his office in Washington, D.C.
Good point, Harry. Jesus didn’t play politics with Communion. Neither did Archbishop Nienstedt. You and your friends did.
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Posted by: Gil125 -
Oct. 08, 2010 3:14 PM ET USA
Somewhat different from what happened when the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence appeared and received Communion from Archbishop Niederauer.
Posted by: Exaudi nos -
Oct. 06, 2010 3:00 PM ET USA
Posted by: kmbold -
Oct. 05, 2010 11:55 PM ET USA
This calls for cheers all around. A bishop does his job with no threat of persecution or death.
Posted by: voxfem -
Oct. 05, 2010 8:28 PM ET USA
God bless, strengthen, and protect Archbishop Nienstedt.