a definite maybe

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 16, 2006

After months of intensive study, the "McCarrick committee" has delivered a final report to the US bishops.

Back during the 2004 election campaign, the American bishops were troubled by disagreements regarding whether or not pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be denied Communion. The McCarrick committee was asked to devise a policy that could be adopted uniformly by diocesan bishops, thus averting the potential for division and confusion.

So now the committee suggests that each diocesan bishop should decide for himself. Uncle Ted explains that there is "no substitute for the local bishop's pastoral judgment and his vital relationships with Catholic public officials in his own diocese." We're right back where we started.

The McCarrick committee has now been disbanded. Their work will be sorely missed, and their achievement loudly praised, by anyone who recognizes how difficult it is to scratch your head for two years, then finally decide: "Gee, I dunno."

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2006 11:50 AM ET USA

    So, a Catholic could support abortion rights in one diocese and receive Communion, but a Catholic in another diocese could do the same thing and be denied Communion. It is a "sin" one place and not another! Relativism! Question of the day: What is it in Rome? And do we need a Papal Decree? Obviously the bishops are not smart enough or have courage enough to make a correct decision to back up Catholic teaching.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 9:35 AM ET USA

    The committee will heretofore always be known affectionately by satirists as: "Let's step back for a moment shall we?"

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2006 9:14 AM ET USA

    Laity1, Amen! A pre LA-Mtg. article asks whether BXVI would help correct what McCarrick did in 2004 with Ratzinger’s memo, & wondered whether BXVI had a good chat with Wuerl BEFORE the promotion, about not diluting a local’s authority. BXVI took care of both prelates via McCarrick who HAD TO say what he said re the “locals”. Subsidiarity, Jesus & Benedict insist, is NOT an option. But saving souls the USCCB way is NOT Benedict’s way! http://www.michnews.com/artman/publish/article_13117.shtml

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2006 2:55 AM ET USA

    That a task force would be assembled to consider this matter is a "frustrating reality". That it took them years to come up with nothing is a "frustrating reality". That meeting with politicians is the response to a concern that politics is seeping into Catholic life is a "frustrating reality". That McCarrick said: "Catholics who 'seem' to reject Catholic principles..." and "Our concern is...their faith and 'even' their salvation" is a "frustrating reality". What a legacy.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 10:13 PM ET USA

    "Cardinal Theodore McCarrick reiterated a policy approved by the bishops in 2004, adding that he was concerned about partisan politics seeping into Catholic life." The term "partisan politics" is the dynamic equivalent of anything conservative.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 9:38 PM ET USA

    What a shame. fancy dinners, four star hotel, money spent uselessly on airplane tickets for Bishops and their assistants.....while we all sit back home in the pews waiting for them to find the nerve, (Given by the Holy Spirit at their ordinations) to take the opportunity to correct and possibly save, the souls in their charge, and to give good example to their flock. What would my house be like if I, as a parent, never corrected inappropriate behavior? Oh wait, just like my parish.. it's a zoo

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 7:46 PM ET USA

    Cardinal McCarrick will not be missed! He aided and gave cover to the abortion loving "Catholic" politicians. He successfully ducked a decision on the issue. Now he can officially become a Democratic Party Chaplain!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 4:40 PM ET USA

    This can only mean one thing: The Bishops need a bigger skirt to hide behind.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 3:22 PM ET USA

    Do you want to know how the USCCB will respond to any issue? Here is a simple formula: Proposal is left of center? Yes - USCCB implements proposal and "encourages" all Dioceses to follow it. No - USCCB defers to individual Bishops so as not to "force" a policy on all Dioceses. Proposal is right of center? Table Warning! - gratuitos shark reference ---> Reminds me of Jimmy Buffet's song: "Fins to the left of me...."

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 1:19 PM ET USA

    I remember that, as Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict has criticized both the German and American bishops' conferences for enabling bishops to hide behind them when it came time to take unpopular stands or do things that took courage. Thanks for the great summation. I've been laughing all day.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 16, 2006 12:18 PM ET USA

    "There is none so blind as he who refuses to see." Great work Card., now take your bows, and exit stage left. Forget the encore.. the Truth & souls are at stake. Don't you think you've created enough scandal for a life-time? Just remember, you could have been a hero, and even loved by more people, if you'd only done the right thing. Funny isn't it? By trying to please every one you've become an object of scorn to those who love the Truth and are seen as a useful idiot to politicians.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Jun. 16, 2006 12:18 PM ET USA

    This appears to take Wuerl's proposal off the table. Bishops won't be able to hide behind the USCCB. We'll know where each one stands. That's a good thing.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 11:36 AM ET USA

    Sigh... I guess our bishops, as a national conference, are our cross to bear? Or perhaps we have the bishops we deserve? Yet another example of bishops failing to fulfill their responsibility to the Church when they are delegated authority. Arbp. McCarrick worries about political discourse creeping into the Church but sadly & historically it has always been present. His solution is an act of political expediency: don't recommend any policy! Yup... Jesus didn't ruffle any feathers did he?