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A teaching moment?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 19, 2003

Bishop O'Brien explains that he wasn't intoxicated when driving:

Mr. Calderon said the bishop was a regular drinker but not a heavy one. Mr. Romley, the prosecutor, said the bishop told police on Monday that he drank a small amount of sacramental wine at Mass on Saturday night before driving home.

Interesting choice of words. In the same situation, a Roman Catholic would have said he'd taken the Blood of Christ.

The bishops have plenty to talk about in St. Louis.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2003 3:27 AM ET USA

    It has seemed for some time that many of our leaders and most of our so-called "faithful" simply DO NOT BELIEVE in the Real Eucharistic Presence. They could learn, but they will not, from the Anglo-Catholic segment of the Anglican Communion for which they show such unending contempt. Only the Lord can understand what a French theologian once called: "the faithful outside and the infidels within."

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 20, 2003 4:44 PM ET USA

    The "accidents" (a disturbing word in this context) of wine remain after the substance of the wine is transformed into the Blood of Christ. So the intoxicating effect remains. Most priests I know will drink a modest amount of the Blood of Christ and then ask the deacon or extraordinary Eucharistic ministers to consume the rest in order to avoid drinking an amout that would impair oneself.

  • Posted by: Eusebuis1 - Jun. 19, 2003 2:29 PM ET USA

    Or, he could have started drinking after Mass in which case it would have been only sacramental wine. Hit and run by anyone is wrong. For a Catholic priest or Bishop its far worse.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2003 11:48 AM ET USA

    Perhaps is time that our bishops stop acting so worldly in order to feel like regular guys. Heavy drinking and smoking are not uncommon for them and even though these are not sins or forbidden, they give the impression of very little spirituality. And perhaps the impression is true. Look at the consequences.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2003 9:34 AM ET USA

    Of course, perhaps he did say that he'd taken the Blood of Christ and it was the police or reporter who phrased it as such. Reporters, even nominally Catholic ones, are notorious for failing to understand even the basics of the Catholic faith.

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