Jul 17, 2006

update on pro-aborts

Probably you have read that at the Mass of installation for Bishop Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, D.C., last month, the pro-abortion Massachusetts Democrat U.S. Senators Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry sat by the central aisle, in the third row, and that Bishop Wuerl, shaking hands with attendees as he processed into the Basilica, shook their hands.

Probably you have also read that later in that Mass, Kerry was in the line to which the Apostolic Delegate was giving Communion, and did receive Communion from him. LifeSiteNews.com reported that and surmised that it was unintentional on the part of the Apostolic Delegate.

Does any of this mean that the mind of the universal Church is that mass abortion-facilitating politicians are fine fellows and should be given Communion? No.

A while ago, a commenter professed to be upset that I asked whether then-Bishop Wuerl and Cardinal Mahony were opposite-coast bookends. I should have specified that I was asking that question about the way they deal with pro-abortion politicians. We will see what track record Archbishop Wuerl compiles now in D.C., but very publicly shaking hands right off the bat with the mega pro-abort twin K's, Kennedy and Kerry, was not a great start.

Yes, I know Cardinal Mahony's record with pro-abort politicians is a long one. Let us see, though, here and now in this election year, what he will do and what Abp. Wuerl will do.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Father G said...

Since the U.S. and the Holy See have had formal relations, we no longer have an apostolic delegate but, rather, an apostolic nuncio.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

Quintero,

Re: "LifeSiteNews.com reported that and surmised that it was unintentional on the part of the Apostolic Delegate.", yeah and the tooth fairy is actually real!

For gosh sakes he is the Apostolic Nuncio, you would think that such a person, to get such an appointment, would know something about the political scene in the country he is assigned to!

Kenneth M. Fisher

12:42 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Reverend and Dear Father,

Thanks very much for pointing that out. Some news reports still use the old term "delegate," but I should have remembered "nuncio" and used it.

Thank you so much for being a priest. Best wishes and God bless, to you and to everyone you serve.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Kenneth,

Yes, you and I know that a nuncio would recognize such a prominent individual, and no doubt LifeSiteNews does, too.

Wonder if a policy about Communion for pro-aborts was worked out before the installation Mass, given that some would surely attend?

1:22 PM  
Blogger Tito said...

Quintero,

Bishop Weurl is one of those 'orthopraxy' types. Orthodox in his beliefs, but very lax in his disciplining of others in orthodoxy.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

Tito,

Are you sure he is orthodox even in his beliefs? Isn't it at least a sin of ommission to not carry out ones well informed beliefs?

Kenneth Fisher

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

And what was he doing shaking hands with anyone during the processional? This is supposed to be the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, not a church picnic.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

Barbara,

I was once at a political function with a friend of mine who happened to have known Hanoi Jane's father.

This friend shook the traitor's hand, and when he sought to introduce me, I said "Phil, did you wash you hands of the blood of our men she took part in the shedding of!" I did this in her immediate presence, and I am proud of it.

I have a friend who spent SEVEN YEARS in the Hanoi Hilton, and I know she caused the deaths of many P.O.W.s. The Nuncio should have at least done something similar!

KennethM. Fisher

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Father G said...

Charity demands that we give the Nuncio the benefit of the doubt. None of us knows what was going through his mind when the suspect politicos came up for Communion. I would guess that he made two basic assumptions that any priest would make: one, that those who presented themselves to receive the Blessed Sacrament considered themselves properly disposed to do so; and two, that the bishop who possesses jurisdiction over these Catholic officials had not banned them from receiving the Eucharist. As a papal diplomat, he also may have weighed the consequences that his acting unilaterally, without a directive from the bishop with competent authority, might have cost the Holy See in its dealings with the United States episcopate as well as with our country's political officials. If there is any fault or blame to be assigned, let's lay it at the feet of Catholic politicians who should know better.

3:39 PM  
Blogger barriogirl said...

I agree with father g that we must be prudent, actions have political consequences. It is up to the pols to know their Faith well enough to realize that they are not supposed to be receiving while supporting abortion on demand.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

The bottom line is SACRILEGE!

Kenneth M. Fisher

12:16 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Reverend and Dear Father G,

Thank you very much for pointing out the many factors involved. No grubby politician should dare put a priest or bishop, especially a Nuncio, in that position.

As I said originally, none of this anyway means that the universal Church condones Communion for pro-abortion politicians.

The blame is Kerry's. He and other pro-abortion politicians disgracefully and sacrilegiously play politics during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by presenting themselves for Communion. What is more, they know better; bishops have told them they should not receive.

Cardinal McCarrick should have accused pro-abortion politicians, not pro-life bishops, of playing politics with Holy Communion.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Barbara,

Very good point! Thank you!

4:54 PM  

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