By Diogenes (articles ) | May 09, 2008

How do you circumvent the ticklish decision presented by a pro-abortion Catholic's public approach to the Communion minister at Mass? Simple. You arrange for the pol to say planted and dispatch the minister to him. From the Washington Times's account of the Nationals Park Mass:

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a liberal Massachusetts Democrat, got a personalized delivery of Communion, said Dan Skehan, a businessman from Lancaster, Pa., who sat in Section 216 directly above the senator.

Minutes before the rest of the enormous crowd lined up to receive the sacrament, Mr. Skehan and his two sons spotted a priest making his way down the steps to the senator to hand him the consecrated host.

"It was obviously prearranged," Mr. Skehan said, "maybe out of regard for his girth and lack of mobility. I turned immediately to both my sons and said, 'Oh my gosh, look at that.' Everyone in my section, which was filled with people from Lancaster, said, 'That is outrageous. How could they do that?'"

"How could they do that?" Pastorally, folks, pastorally. We should presume that anyone seated in the left field grandstand is a Catholic in good standing and by his own lights a worthy recipient of the Eucharist. Therefore we wouldn't be comfortable failing to anticipate the ticket-holder's good faith desire to receive the Eucharist, and it's only good manners to pre-arrange a one-on-one. Provided, of course, he's not making a public display of disobedience by kneeling or such.

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  • Posted by: - May. 13, 2008 6:57 PM ET USA

    Pro-abortion Catholic pols defy doctrine and should not be given Communion. What kind of theology says that to defy and still be given the sacrament is licet if one arranges to receive it semi-privately. This type of reception involves no public rejection of the previously held sinful position nor does it involve going to confession to restore the state of grace. Oh, does that sound too strict? Maybe the Church will change the rules so that these famous miscreants cane continue their erring way

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2008 3:38 PM ET USA

    In my view, "pastoralism" is an actual heresy and should be condemned as such. Among other things, it purports to be a higher, more refined morality than the judgmental one practiced by Our Lord and His Apostles, and it directly contradicts the mandates given to the Apostles and, by them (especially in the Epistles), to all bishops, requiring the (sometimes public) correction or expulsion of congregants who are public sinners. Some un-pastoral shepherd should add pastoralism to the Syllabus.

  • Posted by: - May. 09, 2008 6:20 PM ET USA

    The "prearrangement" obviously had to involve the Archdiocese of Washington where this took place. Appears to be yet another example of cowardice by almost-Cardinal-avoid-controversy Wuerl.

  • Posted by: - May. 09, 2008 4:10 PM ET USA

    And I pray to God, I never have to answer the question, "Why didn't you put your body between mine and an event which, allowed to proceed, brings great pain to the Church and the recipient ?"

  • Posted by: - May. 09, 2008 12:55 PM ET USA

    sad, really sad. perhaps the readers of this blog may be interested in a recent article on this ongoing scandal: http://www.clmagazine.org/backissues/2008marchapril_44-45nowisthetime.pdf