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It's Ritter time

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 08, 2007

This according to Saturday's Rocky Mountain News:

Here's a look at next week's (Jan 9)  festivities, as Colorado gets a new governor:


8 a.m. - Gov.-elect Bill Ritter's family celebrates Mass at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 1900 California St.

10-11 a.m. - Musical performances from three choirs from around the state on the west steps of the state Capitol.

11 a.m. - Swearing-in ceremony on the west steps for Ritter and for other state constitutional officers.

Afterward - More musical performances outside. Music, hot beverages and light refresh- ments in the Capitol Rotunda, as Ritter and Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien, left, receive guests. It ends at 2 p.m.

Of note: All events are free and open to the public.

Readers of Uncle Di will recall that Colorado's new governor is the Mario Cuomo knock-off, Bill Ritter, the Catholic kid from Denver who's always pro-life, except when he's pro-abortion. He's the one having a little gathering for Mass and brunch in an establishment that is owned and sometimes operated by Archbishop Charles Chaput. As you can see from the News, we're all invited, including Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM, Cap., and his seminarians.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2007 4:53 PM ET USA

    Thanks, ScupoliFan. I had missed it.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2007 3:34 AM ET USA

    For those who may not have seen it, the link below gathers together the newspaper and wire service reports of what happened at Holy Ghost Church:

  • Posted by: - Jan. 10, 2007 9:18 PM ET USA

    The knowledge of this event would have been less painful had the old regime been in place in Denver. When the diocesan spokeswoman mounted her very high horse so indignantly I knew that Diogenes was correct again though I really hoped he was mistaken. Where charity and love prevail, you know. These attributes only flow one way these days and, as so often happens with responses from chanceries, a good offense is the only defense. In this situation we are left only with offense.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 10, 2007 4:44 PM ET USA

    Publicus, thanks for the last comment. I assumed that, since his own Director of Communications appeared here to defend him, that Archbishop Chaput, himself, was well aware of the situation. And that is the main reason I was willing to chance the whiff of scandal toward him. I must also say that calling Ritter a heretic stuck in my throat as overly harsh--that is until I looked the word up... I, too, appreceate your comments here.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 10, 2007 2:41 PM ET USA

    Thanks for the clarification, NF. I too wish we had more than 500 char. If you wish, email me at [email protected] I understand completely that since this matter is a public one, it affects us all. What I argue is that the decision to NOT admit someone to Communion is left up to the Pastor of the soul in question. While you may not agree with a decision made by a higher cleric than yourself, you still owe him your allegiance. I think the greater evil is in causing public scandal to the Bp.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 10, 2007 11:01 AM ET USA

    You and I both, Publicus, along with many others. I admired your moderation and insight on this page over the past days, and I still do. I still pray that more encouraging news will be forthcoming from Denver or that a fine Archbishop will see a need, at least for our sakes, to explain his inaction.

  • Posted by: Publicus - Jan. 10, 2007 10:14 AM ET USA

    Coco, I understand. My intent was that private discussions can PREVENT public scandal. Unfortunately, this was not the case here. I am most disappointed that this situation was allowed to happen.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 10, 2007 10:13 AM ET USA

    For Novus & others interested in putting this flap & Can. 915 in context: McCarrick & Wuerl issued, in my opinion, anti-Code of Canon Law statements in May & June, 04, that effectively suppressed 915 or removed abortion from its purview. See: Both flew hard in the face of a 2000 Vatican Declaration on 915 & the divorced & remarried. Click on it at:

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 5:43 PM ET USA

    I hope, Novus744, that I did misunderstand you. But I think not. I wish I had more than 500 characters to give your question the attention it deserves. It is your "that's a matter that's between the Archbishop and Ritter" that led me to group you with the bishops in error. Canons 915 & 916 differ as do the objective & the subjective and as do the public & the private. Knowing, willing, & highly public cooperation in the administration of a manifestly immoral regime is not a private matter.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 4:28 PM ET USA

    The “what happened” question is answered in this Denver Post story. Here’s a few excerpts: Ritter began the day by attending Mass at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in downtown Denver, accompanied by roughly 250 family members, friends and supporters.
    The Mass, conducted by longtime family friend Rev. Bill Morell of San Antonio, TX, was Ritter's first public appearance on the day the former Denver prosecutor took the oath of the state's highest office.
    "I believe the call to every to minding the gaps in life," Fr. Morell said, referring to the differences between the rich and the poor, and between public policy and everyday practice.
    Ritter, his wife Jeannie, and the children then received Holy Communion.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 4:24 PM ET USA

    Novus: A person was about to be admitted to the Church (baptized) when they revealed to the priest that they were cohabitating. The priest then refused to baptize. Just so, a priest is obligated to call to account a Catholic who persists in sin. Ritter is such a person, for he supports abortion, and he shouldn't be allowed to use the Church for his own selfish purposes. Just as the gates to heaven are closed to the unrepentant, the doors to this church building should have been closed to Ritter.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 2:22 PM ET USA

    Norwood Farmer, it's always been extremely important to me that I represent the position of the Church. You didn't say exactly what my error was, but only that I am in it. Please tell me what is wrong with what I said. I have the Code, and I looked up your link, and none of that seems to be contrary to anything I said. Perhaps you misunderstood something?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 12:41 PM ET USA

    Publicus: Private discussions do not correct for public scandal. Ritter's public actions support abortion, so objectively, he has removed HIMSELF from communion with the Church. Public silence from the Archbishop gives assent to a heretic's political use of the Holy Mass (even if, in private, Ritter does not present himself for the Eucharist). The Archbishop has a responsibility to teach about, and protect his flock from this scandal, publically. And save Ritters soul in the process.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 12:23 PM ET USA

    It is now just about 10:30 a. m. in Denver. Any scheduled 8:00 Mass will have concluded. Does anybody know what actually happened?

  • Posted by: Publicus - Jan. 09, 2007 10:42 AM ET USA

    We are right to be concerned over the possible public scandal but let us not condemn the good Bishop yet. Inaugural's are big events that are arranged in very short order and the planning of which is usually chaotic. It may be that the Church has had no part in this. It is also possible that private discussions have taken place and the Governer will not approach the altar for communion. I encourage Catholics to express their concerns to the chancery and to the pastor of Holy Ghost parish.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 10:26 AM ET USA

    An appropriate response to clarify the Archdiocese's position should be prominently-placed in the Rocky Mountain Times--- even if it has to be paid for. The general public needs an explanation.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 8:22 AM ET USA

    Those interested in seeing for themselves the error in the position of McCarrick, Wuerl, & now Novus744 can go to the Canon Law link at the Vatican website. The two canons are in Book IV, Part I, Title III, Ch. I, Art. 2, Participation in the Most Holy Eucharist. Here is the link: McCarrick & Wuerl's position nullifies 915 or excludes abortion from its purview. It guts Evangelium Vitae & ignores virtually all Catholic moral tradition.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2007 7:58 AM ET USA

    Two years after the Kerry controversy & the deceitful campaign of Card. McCarrick, we still have not seen a U. S. bishop emphasize the sharp distinction between Canons 915 (addressed to the minister, "not to BE ADMITTED") & 916 (addressed to the receiver. "not to CELEBRATE ... or RECEIVE".) The pastor's plain duty under 915 is in no way conditioned or limited by 916. Rather than correct the confusion & error exhibited by Novus744, our bishops' silence & inaction tends powerfully to confirm it.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jan. 09, 2007 1:50 AM ET USA

    (continued) Abp. Chaput has shown that he can speak and act with holy boldness... & his holy boldness has to continue & increase, for Catholics need the archbishop to lead as a successor to the apostles... so we are pleading with him to step it up in this case... for Christ's sake & for the sake of His Church & her members. I pray that the days of diplomatic bishops are numbered, in such dioceses as Boston, NY, LA, SF, Orange, DC, Cincinnati, Seattle, Helena, Spokane, Atlanta, etc...

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jan. 09, 2007 1:38 AM ET USA

    You are on the point, Coco. Venerable Aussie: for Abp. Chaput to go to Holy Ghost Catholic Church & offer the Mass & preach the homily would take courage & holy boldness. Indeed, the Gospel for Tuesday is from Mark 1:21-28, referring to Jesus teaching with authority, rebuking an unclean spirit and driving the unclean spirit out of a man. Let's pray for such holy boldness for the archbishop & for the conversion of Gov. Ritter. We need successors to the apostles, not diplomats.

  • Posted by: dad2dlj - Jan. 08, 2007 7:40 PM ET USA

    In full agreement with Novus744, Archbishop Chaput has distinguished himself time and again in the battlelines to save the Church from the state and what passes for culture in our "modern" world. I think it overly harsh and unfairly critical to judge his actions and motives based solely on what has been published. If only there were more like him.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 7:16 PM ET USA

    I agree that if Holy Ghost always has an 8:00 Mass, certainly Ritter and his family can assist and encourage others to attend--but he is using this Mass for political purposes. Why else would Ritter include it in the newspaper schedule for governor-elect festivities. Given the clear use of his "Catholicism" in a political schedule, the good Archbishop should still make a statement--after all, one of his parishes is being USED to give a whiff of legitimacy to an abortion supporter.

  • Posted by: Venerable Aussie - Jan. 08, 2007 6:13 PM ET USA

    Perhaps Archbishop Chaput should turn up and preach the homily.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 08, 2007 4:22 PM ET USA

    Nobody else seems to be bothered by the announcement that the Governor and his brood will "celebrate" Mass. I thought the priest celebrated and the rest of us "assisted at". Not that that's the major thing. The main thing is, as others have said, that Bp. Chaput hasn't called him on it, so far as we know. And hasn't publicly, where it would count.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 3:35 PM ET USA

    There isn't anything in that article that says specifically that the Mass is being celebrated FOR Ritter. It just says that his family is going to be there. Last time I checked, Church doors are open to all. If this is truly the case, all that the pastor of Holy Ghost or Archbishop Chaput can do is deny him Communion. But that's a matter that's between the Archbishop and Ritter, and the state of Ritter's soul shouldn't be a subject for debate.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 1:56 PM ET USA

    What happened to Jeanette De Melo, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Denver? She was quick to rebuke Diogenes earlier for implying that Archbishop Chaput would celebrate a Mass for Ritter. Now we learn that he is not actually celebrating the Mass, he's just allowing it to be celebrated right under his nose. Perhaps the Director of Communications would like to communicate to us why the Archbishop of Denver is allowing this Mass.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 1:25 PM ET USA

    One more Bishop falls to the political correctness crowd. I am very upset to see Archbishop Chaput fall into line with the Cardenal McCarrick crowd. Is there no 'Church Militant' left! God help us!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 1:21 PM ET USA

    Paterc, it IS taking place at that parish, so it's hard to believe the pastor isn't aware. As for the archbishop, Uncle Di alerted him last week.

  • Posted by: robin - Jan. 08, 2007 12:13 PM ET USA

    In the 90's an EM at a large Catholic church I attended signed a letter of support with "Catholics for Choice", that appeared in the New York Times. Our dear Pastor saw it. That evening he and 2 parish members from the Pro Life Committee visited this EM. The Pastor told her until she repented and retracted what she wrote she was relived of her duties as an Em and could not receive Communion in his parish. We need more like him. Those who disobey must be called to task!

  • Posted by: robin - Jan. 08, 2007 12:10 PM ET USA

    If Ritter is like Cuomo than ArchBishop Chaput should be ashmed of himself. These "Catholic politicians" behave the way they do becuase our Church allows it. If the Archbishop knows Ritter is pro abort than he should excommunictae him until he repents. The same goes for all the rest.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 12:09 PM ET USA

    What! I thought Chaput was one of those “conservative” New Order bishops. Well, I never really thought that. By definition, the New Order Church is universally liberal--liberal in theology, liberal in moral teaching, liberal in philosophy, liberal in social causes, and liberal in everything else. Ooops! I do need to admit that they are quite conservative when it comes to not investigating and punishing the crimes of homosexual abuser-clerics and embezzler-clerics.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 12:01 PM ET USA

    In checking the Holy GHost Blulletin for Jan 07,2007 there is not any reference to any ingagual event nor the Governor elect attending any Mass. There is no jusitfication of implying that Archbishop Chaput is involved or allowing such to take place, let alone the Pastor of Holy Ghost

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 9:06 AM ET USA

    Letting a pro-abortion politician who claims to be a practicing Catholic have a celebratory mass is a scandal upon whomever is responsible, even if this is his excellency, Archbishop Chaput. The crime and sin of abortion is one of the most heinous. If the Archbishop speaks against this crime only when it is an abstraction, it show a severe lack of moral courage. The place and time for him to step in are now. We wait upon you, dear shepherd Chaput. May God grant you strength and spine.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 8:55 AM ET USA

    Maybe Governor Ritter will be really present at Holy Ghost under the appearance of the coat and the coat check.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 8:19 AM ET USA

    Archbishop Chaput, please take a stand!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2007 7:27 AM ET USA

    As far as the Holy Ghost bulletin is concerned, no one there knows anything about this Mass... Tuesday's schedule is just another day. Maybe if they don't say anything about it, it's as though it never happened.