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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.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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