Out of the mouths of babes

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 27, 2004

A friend reports this conversation:

When: Sunday morning, Dec 26, 2004. Feast of the Holy Family, Two hours before Mass. Where: Living room. middle-class America. Who: 13 year old son, with his father. What: Watching Fox News Sunday and the interview of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Son: (walking into room after the TV interview begins.) Dad, isn't he a bishop? He wears the gold chain.
Dad: Yes, son, that's the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington DC, Cardinal McCarrick.
Son: Why are they interviewing him?
Dad: I suppose because he's the most important churchman of the DC area, and its a Sunday after Christmas when news organizations will often discuss family policy.
Son: Wasn't he in the news a few months ago? Is he a good guy?
Dad: Well, last June, he told all the US bishops in a private meeting at Denver, that it was OK to let pro-abortion politicians like Senator Kerry receive Holy Communion.
Son: Wasn't that wrong?
Dad: Well, Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome who works for the Pope said that it was not to be allowed.
Son:Is Ratzinger a good guy?
Dad: Yes, he's quite honest and clear in his speach.
Son: So McCarrick lied about (what) Ratzinger (said)?
Dad: I suppose so.
Son: Is he lying now?
Dad: I don't know.
Son: Can't the Pope fire him?
Dad: I suppose so.
Son: Why doesn't the Pope fire him?
Dad: (long pause) I don't know. I suppose it's complicated.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 03, 2005 10:18 AM ET USA

    I have a trivia question. How long has it been since the USCCB gave credence to any directive from the Vatican?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 28, 2004 2:53 PM ET USA

    The greatest sadness in America today is the silence of far too many of our shepherds. Babies are dying, souls are being doomed to eternal suffering, and still they cannot seem to preach the truth. To my simple mind, there is nothing complicated about demanding that members of the hierarchy either act in solidarity with Christ or take an extended leave of absence! Judie Brown

  • Posted by: - Dec. 28, 2004 9:06 AM ET USA

    It's really very simple - Scripture; Catechism; Cannon Law; numerous Papal encyclicals & declarations, etc. WE Catholic lay people must demand truth and appropriate action first from ourselves, then our clergy, then our politicians. It's not "someone else's" fault - it's ours for not speaking up, loud, long and persistently. Speak! Write! Schedule (an) appointment(s) with those in authority (religious & civil). Don't "go off," just calmly explain and demand teaching and acting on the truth.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 28, 2004 6:01 AM ET USA

    Let us pray for that young man, the future of the Church will be safe in his hands when antiques like myself hand over the "torch" upon our departure. John

  • Posted by: - Dec. 28, 2004 5:36 AM ET USA

    I don't get it! The Vatican tells us what to do in this situation, and our local Church leaders for the most part ignore it, or so it seems. A Franciscan Friar told me that to deny communion would possibly start a witch hunt. I don't buy it. It seems to me some of our (Catholic) Electorate are not that intelligent, as my 16 year old daughter, due to some personal doubts, has enough respect to refrain from receiving communion. I don't get it! If you don't believe, why bother?