Sep 3, 2005

Communion conundrum

Brother Roger Schutz, a minister of the Swiss Reformed Church and founder of the Taize community, receives Communion from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at Pope John Paul II's funeral in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 8. Unnamed Vatican officials said that Brother Roger's reception of Communion was not foreseen and was the result of Brother Roger being seated in a group receiving Communion from Cardinal Ratzinger.

Click HERE for the report by John Thavis (CNS).


Blogger Elizabeth said...

I was watching EWTN's broadcast of Rome Reports the other day, and the reporter's commentary mentioned that Brother Roger had been accepted into the Catholic Church. I'm guessing they've got their info wrong.

Anyway, I can't think of a reason why Brother Roger's conversion, if he did indeed convert, would be kept so close to the chest.

1:10 PM  
Blogger C S said...

I've also run across this story. Br. Roger did not formally convert to Catholicism, but by all accounts he was on the border, and he lived an exemplary Christian life. It's also not as if he received communion from Mahony. He received communion from the hands of Cardinal Ratzinger. And surely if anyone is beyond the pale...Let's pray for Brother Roger, and also for his assailant.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless he was becoming senile towards the end of his life, Brother Roger should have known better than to receive Holy Communion. Reportedly, he was aware of Church law on the matter. He should have known that Cardinal Ratzinger did not know he was outside the pale and chosen not to receive Communion. It does cause scandal. Nonetheless, may he rest in peace.


8:40 AM  

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