Foregone conclusions

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 04, 2005

An editorial in the National Catholic Reporter, welcoming the results of the Synod on the Eucharist, contains this observation:

It is gratifying, too, that the synod essentially endorsed the conclusions of the task force led by Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick on the question of Catholic politicians.

The conclusions of the task force? The task force hasn't concluded anything.

In a preliminary report to the US bishops last June, the McCarrick committee suggested that pro-abortion politicians should not be denied Communion. Despite Cardinal McCarrick's claim that Cardinal Ratzinger backed that position-- a claim later exposed as inaccurate-- the full body of the US bishops' conference rejected that suggestion, preferring to leave the question unsettled.

Meanwhile, the McCarrick committee continued to ponder this topic, as the November elections came and passed. We're still waiting for their final report. But not holding our breath.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2005 11:36 AM ET USA

    CANNOT follow Church teaching, SpecOps? How about WILL not follow Church teaching?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Nov. 05, 2005 10:28 PM ET USA

    Well stated, Diogenes, Pseudodionysius & Catholicity. This just hit me this evening. Do y'all want to know WHY Cdl. McCarrick's "committee" continues to ponder this topic that has ALREADY been settled by Christ Jesus and His Church? Because they themselves are Catholic politicians (read: Cdls. McCarrick, Mahony, Bps. Pilarczyck, Trautman, Skylstad etc...) who cannot follow Church Teaching (eg follow Diogenes' links to McCarrick's lies). We need Successors to the Apostles, not diplomats.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2005 9:05 AM ET USA

    "The synod, while calling politicians to “coherence,” also urged bishops to exercise prudence in light of local situations. In other words, the decision on how to deal with politicians who might not vote as the church would wish on all matters was left to the discretion of individual bishops." Sorry, Uncle Di. Bishops in this part of the country are too busy dealing with public proclamations on the need for higher taxes. Not enough time or energy to protect our young. Wouldn't be prudent.

  • Posted by: parochus - Nov. 05, 2005 5:49 AM ET USA

    Well, at least NCR has the duplicity of Jimmy Carter to fall back on.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2005 8:31 PM ET USA

    Maybe the good Cardinal is trying to read the appropriate Canon in Latin and cannot understand Latin. There is absolutely no reason for the delay. Mybe there is a Democrat running next Tuesday who needs more cover from the good Cardinal.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2005 4:49 PM ET USA

    I think that Jesus would say to the task force,"you hypocrites". What is their to ponder? It is very clear. If a man or a woman publicly defends abortion and publicly votes on every turn for abortion rights, you would have to be deaf and blind not to know where his/her heart is. If he or she is such a coward , not to protect the helpless, in public statements and public voting records he/she is aiding and abetting the horrendous act of abortion. There is nothing to ponder!!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2005 3:19 PM ET USA

    Do we really need a cleric of any rank to tell us how to feel about politicians who think its perfectly fine to kill the unborn? Blacks were emancipated. Women got the vote. When will babies get to live to see their birthday? Right to privacy, my arse.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2005 1:44 PM ET USA

    Delusions of the task force. Feel the force, Luke.