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Cardinal Dolan meets with Vice President Biden after Sunday Mass

March 26, 2013

Vice President Joseph Biden attended Mass at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York on Palm Sunday, and had coffee afterward with Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Neither the cardinal nor the vice-president disclosed what they had discussed during their brief meeting. Vice President Biden has been at odds with the Catholic hierarchy because of his support for legal abortion, same-sex marriage, and the contraceptive mandate.

Biden received Communion during the Sunday Mass, although apparently not directly from Cardinal Dolan.

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  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Mar. 27, 2013 11:49 AM ET USA

    As I read it, Dolan heartily acknowledged Biden's presence at Mass and so must have know he would be there. In advance, privately, without public admonition, Dolan could have asked Mr. Biden not to approach for Communion. Instead the Cardinal handed over Our Lord to the enemy. The Cardinal's behavior disappoints and disgusts this Catholic New Yorker.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Mar. 27, 2013 7:37 AM ET USA

    From the Introit of Tuesday in Holy Week (EF): "But it behoves us to glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ : in whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection: by whom we are saved and delivered." This sounds too severe. We do not put on the "new man" because we glory in man. No need for deliverance. "Be yourself. Be true to yourself." We celbebrate our diverse opinions. "We are the new majority, and we are for choice." But as Bishop Sheen exclaims: There is a man on the cross!

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Mar. 26, 2013 10:40 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Dolan wasn't able to do that. First, it should be done by Biden's bishop, Cardinal Wuerl, who has made it clear that he will not enforce it. The canon presumes that the person, particularly one who persists in manifest grave sin, has been warned about the situation before Communion is refused. This is usually done in private. So if someone shows up in his cathedral and he has no idea that person is present and doesn't get into his line, it's pretty hard to deny.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 26, 2013 9:07 PM ET USA

    Maybe Cardinal Dolan was given his marching orders by Pope Francis, and he did tell Biden that he is excommunicated. If it isn't made public, and Biden ignores the Cardinal and continues to go to Communion, no one will ever know what took place between the two.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Mar. 26, 2013 5:20 PM ET USA

    It is the continuous wishy-washiness of the Church leaders that causes so many to question the direction and doctrines of the Church. This was indeed a missed event. Biden is challenging the Church again.

  • Posted by: MAG - Mar. 26, 2013 1:04 PM ET USA

    Sad. Another opportunity to demonstrate to the world a sacred truth - missed, and lost. Canon 915, please, Cardinal.