Speaking of John Kerry

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Mar 31, 2004

Is John Kerry planning on seeking out a parish where he can be photographed being refused Communion so he can be seen as the heroic dissenting Catholic standing up to the Church? So says the American Spectator.

The Kerry campaign was said to be surprised at the coverage their candidate received for attending Mass while on vacation in Idaho. "You saw conservatives all up in arms that he was receiving communion, when most American Catholics do the same thing and live a life very similar to the senator's: divorced, pro-choice, etcetera," says the Kerry adviser. "It just highlights how out of touch the right wing is with America, and we can play to that."

To that end, according to other sources inside the Kerry camp, aides are attempting to identify a Catholic diocese, and perhaps even a specific priest and church, where Kerry could attend a Mass with reporters present, and be turned away at the altar attempting to receive communion.

If this actually happens, can the US bishops continue to ignore this assault on their pastoral authority? (That's a rhetorical question.)

The question is whether he will be able to find such a priest and parish that will deny him Communion. That's the real scary thought.

[Thanks to Amy for the link.]

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  • Posted by: - May. 21, 2004 12:44 AM ET USA

    Take a united stand against Kerry! Get a t-shirt and/or bumper sticker from this site: www.catholicsagainstkerry.com. They also need volunteers to help spread the word. Thanks! God Bless!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2004 11:06 PM ET USA

    www.excommunication.net -- Bill Cotter St. Stanislaus Committee

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2004 8:42 PM ET USA

    If only Bishop O'Malley had refused Kerry communion at his installation.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Apr. 05, 2004 1:01 PM ET USA

    Could good, faith-abiding Catholics be bused in and stop Kerry at the door of any Catholic Church and tell him to go to Confession first? Wouldn't it be within our rights to stand up for Christ!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2004 8:37 AM ET USA

    I think the article is a 'feeler' - reposnse to it will guide future decisions - if we think it's a good time for push to come to shove, then we should be quiet, and give the fool enough rope. I wonder if it would backfire on the Church, and there might truly be only a 'remnant' left. Might draw an interesting response from Protestants.. They take up for us in the pinch more and more, not that they agree with us, but that we should live our beliefs, and be allowed to do so publicly.

  • Posted by: Dallas Catholic - Apr. 03, 2004 10:12 PM ET USA

    I am praying everyday for all our priests and bishops that they will all have the strength to stand up to people like Sen. Kerry, who want to pass themselves off as practicing Catholics who are in good standing with their Church. Until all priests and bishops have the backing of the Catholics in their pews I fear we will see more and more capitulation to Catholics "in name only. Keep those prayers going. It is our only hope.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2004 8:11 AM ET USA

    I'll send a tax deductible contribution of $500.00 to the priest/parish who demonstrates the moral courage to publicly challenges Kerry by refusing him communion. And if Kerry and his team know ANYTHING about the FSSP they would never try that stunt with one of those priests. Honestly though, we're kidding ourselves if we think Kerrys' team will NOTshop for a dioces/bishop/priest who will not deny him communion. He has so many to choose from.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2004 9:52 PM ET USA

    May I suggest any FSSP serviced church for Mr. Kerry...I would lay down 50 bucks that if he showed his lanky carcass up ...the laity would exercise some "spirit of Vatican II" pent up rage upon him....let's see if Mr. Kerry really wants to suffer a heretics martardom........

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 10:07 PM ET USA

    Oh, and one more thing while I'm foaming at the mouth here in Canada, land of the Northern Freeloader, its Pontius Pilate v Christ time here in La La Land. Guess what? No escape hatch on this one; the apostate Catholic ninnies that the US Bishops keep playing ecclesial footsie with aren't backing down, so, assuming that there are still vertebrates left in the episcopacy, I think roughly a dozen excommunications should get the word out. This ain't Kennedy Catholicism, MISTER Kerry.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 10:03 PM ET USA

    Bring it on. Allow me to suggest to whomever the lucky Priest or Bishop is who gets to stand up for Christ during the runup to Passion week, that while I think a public flogging is a little tenuous, a hair shirt, wore on the outside of his suit (as St Philip Neri recommended once), would be a wonderful public penance, although I realize that it may clash with Botox injections. To any Bishops left in the US who actually have some Fortitude, now would be a good time to start excommunicating.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 7:27 PM ET USA

    If he pulls this stunt........the important thing to do is expose it for the stunt it is. Using a Sacrament to further his campaign...that will not play well with Reagan Democrats.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 7:18 PM ET USA

    What I find disquieting is the fact that John Kerry is obviously aware of his inability to licitly receive Communion or he wouldn't want to turn it into a photo op. His willful disdain for following Church teaching on abortion and his decision to receive Communion in spite of the Church coupled with the use he hopes to make of it say it all - his god is politics and power. He has no regard for Gods laws. How can folks support such obvious evil?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 5:19 PM ET USA

    Kerry's soul is in the pertpetual state of grave sin and frjimc is absolutely correct: not only should Kerry be turned away, but he should be publicly rebuked for his very public disobedience. He is notorious and has scandalized the Church and, unless he first confesses, he should go without the Bread of Life. Better yet, he should confess in one of those modern, glass enclosed "reconciliation rooms." Let CNN or Fox News film that!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 4:18 PM ET USA

    Let him come to my parish -- I'll not only refuse him Holy Communion, but I'll make a point of telling him and any reporters why I'm about to do so. If anybody in his campaign wants to start a fight, the folks at CWN have my permission to give them my name and parish -- in his home state, no less! To those who might think this unseemly, I respond that it's about time we stood for something. True, the lukewarm would be boiling mad (!), but a stand like this would energize the real faithful

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 4:04 PM ET USA

    This is great! Kerry shows up for Mass and the priest forgoes his prepared remarks on social justice and stewardship of the forest, etc., and sallies forth into a long sermon on the Creation, the Fall of Man and God's promise of a Redeemer, the sufferings of Jesus and His Blessed Mother, the constant witness of the Popes and the Saints to the importance of Catholic Dogma (including St. Thomas More losing his head over the sanctity of marriage), the dire nature of eternal punishment ...