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New Indiana auxiliary bishop says he would never deny Communion

Catholic World News - March 02, 2011

Bishop Christopher Coyne, a former priest of the Boston archdiocese who was ordained on March 2 as an auxiliary in Indianapolis, Indiana, told an interviewer that he would not withhold the Eucharist from a Catholic politician who supported causes condemned by the Church.

Questioned on the point by the Indianapolis Star, the bishop-elect replied:

I would never deny someone Communion unless they were absolutely deranged or something like that and it is obvious that they shouldn't be receiving Communion.

Actually Bishop Coyne's reply does not answer the question that is usually posed to bishops, since most American Church leaders are in agreement that if a politicians support unrestricted legal abortion, "it is obvious that they shouldn't be receiving Communion."

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  • Posted by: impossible - Mar. 03, 2011 10:12 PM ET USA

    Well, so much for the hope that the Vatican has improved its vetting process. How many good, faithful orthodox Priests do you suppose there are in the U.S.? Can't Rome find them? Maybe when asked to become a bishop they refuse. If so, they should then stop talking to parishioners about their obligation to donate time, talent and treasure. Being an orthodox bishop today is akin to martyrdom, especially if willing to enforce Canon 915.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Mar. 02, 2011 10:35 PM ET USA

    Let's hope Cardinal Burke and Bishop Coyne can have a little chat soon...

  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Mar. 02, 2011 8:04 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (Church's highest court)has said that the “perennial discipline of the Church [has] prohibited the giving of Holy Communion or the granting of a Church funeral to those who persist after admonition in the grave violation of the moral law.” Cardinal Burke was refering in this context to "Catholic" politicians who support and endorse the crime of abortion.

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