GEORGE DUNLAP, 12/10/2020, This morning I read the, 12/4/2020, blog from, Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia – retired, as a Catholic in quest of the Truth I have followed the Archbishop’s writings, since he was Bishop of Denver. The Archbishop clarifies the FACT that President-elect Joe Biden should be banned from receiving communion due to his support for ABORTION RIGHTS. There is no compromise with ABORTION. On the 7th of this month a second article came out by Julia Terruso of the The Philadelphia Inquirer detailing the on going battle in our faith between Truth & Deceit. Please, if you are a seeker of the truth and pro-life Catholic invest a few minutes. Our eternal life; with or without God is in the balance.
Readers may recall that during the 2004 presidential campaign, Sen. John Kerry led the Democratic ticket. As a Catholic, Kerry held certain policy views that conflicted with the moral beliefs of his Church. This led to internal tensions among U.S. bishops about how to handle the matter of Holy Communion for Catholic public officials who publicly and persistently diverge from Catholic teaching on issues like abortion. At the time, Washington’s then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, along with Pittsburgh’s Bishop Donald Wuerl, had very different views from my own regarding how to proceed.
I believed then, and believe now, that publicly denying Communion to public officials is not always wise or the best pastoral course. Doing so in a loud and forceful manner may cause more harm than good by inviting the official to bask in the media glow of victimhood. What I opposed in 2004, however, was any seeming indifference to the issue, any hint in a national bishops’ statement or policy that would give bishops permission to turn their heads away from the gravity of a very serious issue. At the time, fortunately, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith resolved any confusion about correct practice in these matters with its July 2004 memorandum to then-Cardinal McCarrick, Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles. It includes the following passage:Continue reading