Kerry Communion Capers continue

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Aug 09, 2004

John Kerry and Teresa Heinz stopped for Mass in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday. They reportedly received Communion. I wondered what the local bishop had said about pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion. Albuquerque is in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and the ordinary is Archbishop Michael Sheehan. His latest comments on the matter were made back on May 21.

The 2002 Roman Document on the participation of Roman Catholics in political life says that Catholic politicians have a grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life.

The Document, however, is silent on sanctions such as the denial of Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians or those who would vote for them. It is left to their consciences to decide whether or not to approach Holy Communion. Catholics must examine their conscience on a variety of moral issues before receiving Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The Church must be careful to keep the reception of Holy Communion separate from politics.

I wonder if the Kerrys are planning their journeys around the US so that on Sundays they're in dioceses where they are welcome to receive Communion. After all, they were heading to Denver later that day and they probably would not have been welcome to receive Commun there.

I thought this was a universal Church with a unity of doctrine. Seriously, this issue needs to be settled for a uniform application of whatever they determine the rule to be.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 11, 2004 2:05 PM ET USA

    One of the apologetic's lines that I used to debate protestants over was the fragmented denominationalism that pervades their faith. It was a given, in my understanding at the time, that there was only one Catholic Church. Not true! We're becoming - thanks to lack the of orthodoxy of many bishops - every bit as fragmented as the multiple strains of protestant practice. It's a sad thing to see.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Aug. 10, 2004 9:03 PM ET USA

    I hope someone quickly shouted aloud the prayer the Angel taught the three chlldren of Fatima. God is so wonderful to give us this prayer for those who desecrate Holy Communion.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 10, 2004 7:46 PM ET USA

    Bandsman: As a disciple of Jesus, isn't it his duty to help one to eternal salvation. Giving an obstinate sinner communion won't help to get him there!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 10, 2004 1:52 AM ET USA

    As a NM Catholic, living in an archdiocese with a record of clerical abuse(did not our own Abp Sanchez resign for his part in the cover-up?), we are accustomed to a rather hands-off approach to controversy. 'Though I disagree with Abp Sheehan on this question(it's not about politics, after all, but salvation), he makes a valid point: That the salvation of each and everyone is dependent upon themselves. If the Kerrys care noting for themselves, how can any-other person save them?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2004 10:54 PM ET USA

    The only one that can resolve this issue is the pope,and he is remaining as silent as he is on the sexual abuse scandal.Wycliffe