Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Is it any wonder we're in such a problem?

L.A. Archdiocese blasts American Life League

Even the Neo-Catholics must be getting sick of Mahony. In responding to John Pacheco, Thomas Woods made a very interesting point, that the debate should be about whether men such as Mahony are truly in the church, rather than traditionalists. Well Mahony's marauders have struck again, this time against a pro-life organization.

The organization wrote a letter of protest to Mahony about Gray Davis, the Terminator(Arnold) and Cruz Busmante, all claiming to be faithful Catholics, all receiving the Blessed Sacrament, yet all ardent defenders of the slaughter of innocents in abortion. Ms. Brown rightly notes that these people should be denied communion, since it is a privelege not a right. The response from the Archdiocese would be utterly hillarious if it were not so utterly tragic.

"The reception of Holy Communion by Catholics is a right guaranteed by the Church, not a privilege,"
"She's not Judge Judie, she's not Bishop Judie, and she's not Pope Judie. The bishops of the Church, with the Holy Father, are the ones who interpret Church law."

Well let's note what is said. That "Judge Judie" is incompetent in Church law, and since the Archdiocese is "with the Church" they know what Church law is. What does Church law say about receiving the Eucharist? The article points out rightly that:

"Canon 915 states, in part, that those "who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to communion." Brown reiterated, "Individuals who advocate abortion, which is intrinsically evil, are persisting in grave sin and should not be given Holy Communion. Schwarzenegger, Davis, and Bustamante are three such individuals." "

So perhaps the Archdiocese has finally conceded what traditionalists have suspected all along, Mahony and his ilk are not actually within the Church, since they can't even understand the basic neccessities of the Eucharist! Don't count on it, but is it any surprise the Church is in this state, where one of the most hated cardinals is celebrated by the Vatican, and his staff can't even get the issue of communion right? I wonder if there's anywhere in "Communio" ecclesiology for such heretical beliefs. I don't know, let's ask Apolonio, the "communio" expert who seems to think everything falls under "Communio" ecclesiology, without ever defining excactly what it is.