never say never

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 15, 2006

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, who is frequently mentioned by the media (if not by his fellow cardinals) as papabile, was in St. Louis this week, speaking out against a) poverty and b) the Bush administration. You can see immediately why reporters love him, and the Post-Dispatch story follows suit. The story has room to note that the cardinal is fluent in 9 languages, but not quite enough room to point out that a few years back, he was saying that the sex-abuse scandal was driven by media persecution of the Church.

In St. Louis, one very hot topic among Catholics is whether a pro-abortion politician should receive Communion. Archbishop Raymond Burke says No. But Cardinal Rodriguez sideswipes his host, telling a reporter that "personally, I could never deny Holy Communion to a person. It would be a public scandal."

Never, Your Eminence? Would you give Communion to Hitler, then? Because if you did, that would be a public scandal-- of the sort that Archbishop Burke is trying to avoid. Thanks a lot for your help.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 16, 2006 5:04 PM ET USA

    Orthodoxy writes: "If the Church is catholic, why do we receive ambiguous teachings from the authorities?" Because many of them are Modernists. Pope St. Pius X identified them clearly in his encyclical letter "Pascendi Dominici Gregis" only 99 years ago. Perhaps Diogenes could reprint the first few hair-raising paragraphs. (See:

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 6:00 PM ET USA

    I have been a Catholic for 75 years and trying to study my faith earnestly for the past twenty-five years with other Catholic men. I keep asking, "If the Church is catholic, why do we receive ambiguous teachings from the authorities? What does the pope say? Why don't we follow his learned, thoughtful advice? To me, giving in to political liberals who denigrate the faith is what gives rise to public scandal.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 4:52 PM ET USA

    3) The P-D can think of only one thing when it comes to Abp. Burke - denying Communion to John Kerry. By so doing, he has committed the most heinous thing he can - political incorrectness. So it is of little surprise that the reporter would ask the Cardinal about it since the P-D are always trying to show the abp. in the worst possible light. Again, though, His Eminence need not have obliged. You will not, however, hear Abp. Burke say anything about it - he is too much of a gentleman to do so.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 4:47 PM ET USA

    A few things: 1) The good Cardinal might have serious problems with the Bush administration for good reasons. I won't claim special knowledge of Latin America, but certainly the White House is not perfect, as anyone with sense can realize. 2) The Cardinal was invited there by St. Louis University whose president has openly opposed Abp Burke. Hence, he was speaking to a crowd already thinking in a particular way. Still, he should show deference to the local Ordinary as a common courtesy.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 4:23 PM ET USA

    Perhaps a general ecumenical council could be convened to discuss, for the millionth time, the truth about the Holy Eucharist. Assuming the council was able to issue an orthodox statement regarding the Matter, it would then be possible to ferret out those who deny the True Presence. Once identified they could then be invited to "depart into the exterior darkness" and become members of the World Council of Churches.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Feb. 15, 2006 3:36 PM ET USA

    The Bush administration is unpopular in Latin America because it won’t give away the national treasury or open the borders to an unrestricted flow of illegal immigrants. The good Cardinal seems to have no knowledge of all of the nation-building that American troops have done in his home country. As to Eucharistic scandals, Abp Burke makes an overwhelming case for denying Communion to dissenting politicians. Card Rodriguez confuses reforming political practice with saving immortal souls.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 3:33 PM ET USA

    Never? Hope Satan never shows up for Communion. It would be a Church Lady moment of Dana Carvey proportions.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 3:16 PM ET USA

    The Bush administration is unpopular in Latin America because of the constant agitation by left-wing nuts like Castro, Morales and Chavez, and the socialist propaganda that emanates from the pulpits occupied by Card. Maradiaga and his ilk. And making such a stupid comment re. Holy Communion is not simply a case of diarrhea of the mouth but the inevitable product of a bad case of theological dysentery, a disease that apparently is afflicting many clerics in the USA.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 2:55 PM ET USA

    To quote Cardinal Maradiaga: "We have to recover the dignity of politics, we have to work as Christians to give politicians their ethics back." When, Your Eminence, exactly was that golden age of poltical dignity and ethics? Or where--especially south of the Rio Grande? Or do you have some secret historical information known only to the chosen few in Tegucigalpa?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2006 2:28 PM ET USA

    President Bush's administration has become quite unpopular in Latin America due to its frequent gaffes. The Cardinal is simply reflecting that sentiment. The statement re communion is simply an example of diarrhea of the mouth and why it is important to watch out what you say in the presence of reporters.