Wafer Watch -- or, The Faithful Citizenship Coloring Book

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 16, 2004

Ellen Goodman gives a synopsis of her monograph on Ecclesia de Eucharistia:

What next? Will we have a political reporter to cover John Forbes Kerry at each Sunday Mass from now to November? Will there be a Holy Communion beat? A wafer watch?

Dismissing concerns over political exploitation of the Eucharist as a "wafer watch" is clearly a great leap forward in inter-religious understanding. A prominent Catholic voice for dialogue concurs:

The whole thing, fumed Frances Kissling of Catholics for a Free Choice, turned us into a nation of "eucharistic Peeping Toms."
Lest we forget, Ellen reminds us that we're sexist as well as stupid:

Twenty years ago, the bishops were annoyed by Mario Cuomo and apoplectic at Geraldine Ferraro when she spoke as a Catholic, a vice presidential candidate, and a woman. "I'm a weekly communicant," she says, remembering 1984. "But I have to tell you, every time I went up to the altar I was in a little bit of a panic about who might give you Communion and who might refuse."

Because she spoke as a woman.

By putting Kerry on wafer watch, conservatives in the church are running the Kennedy tape backward. Ferraro reminds them: "Kerry's not running for pope. He's running for president."

Moral: Miss Goodman believes in a caring God.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 6:39 PM ET USA

    If a person cannot honor the committment that they make at their Confirmation-- to live as a Catholic who follows the laws of the Church they profess to believe in as the true faith, and by their actions show disrespect and distain for that religion, why should I belive that they would follow the laws of the country they swore allegience to by the oath of office of President of the US?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 4:37 PM ET USA

    Even non-Catholic's concerned with good government should have reservations about voting for Kerry and many other Catholic politicians. The falsifying of one area of life in order to accommodate another shows a lack of integrity. It indicates a tendency to make decisions based on self-interest rather than the common good.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 1:12 PM ET USA

    Goodman's irritation is chronic but always encouraging. Her stern, school-marmish discription of doctrinal vigilance regarding Kerry's sacramental participation is that it is "unseemly". This gaggle of feminist relics (Goodman, Kissling, Ferraro, et al.) have basked long enough in the glow of liberation tripe cooked up thirty years ago. Wake up, girls, and smell the papal latte -- to go with your wafers, of course.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 11:55 AM ET USA

    In a wonderful bit of irony, Goodman's last words in her column concern her take on how the Lord will judge Kerry on the last day. Unintentionally echoing what many of us, fed up with the leftist media, have thought for years, Goodman says, "When that day comes, no reporters will be around to witness it." [my paraphrase] I think you're right, Ellen -- all the reporters will be safely held elsewhere.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2004 10:44 AM ET USA

    Sorry that we view our candidates under a microscope, but a person's actions in one critical area of his life reveal much about his true values. If Senator Kerry is too stupid, too slick, or too cynical to not comprehend that he is abusing his faith in the Church, then can one trust him not to act the same way on important secular issues. I would not vote for an orthodox Jew who ate BLTs either.