Friday, July 10, 2009

Dispute... WHAT Dispute?
Scandal and sacrilege are better descriptions

Here's some of the article from CatholicCulture.org; (Emphasis and comments mine) Dispute rises over Canadian prime minister's reception of Communion

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper precipitated a
controversy when he received Communion during a funeral Mass ("Controversy", my ass. Personally, I wonder just how much the archbishop actually believes in the Real Presence.) Early reports suggested that Harper, who is not a Catholic, slipped the Blessed Sacrament into his pocket. But a spokesman has denied those reports, saying that the prime minister actually consumed the Host, and an eyewitness confirmed that account. Questions remain as to why Archbishop Andre Richard administered the Eucharist to a man who is well known to be an Evangelical Protestant. (Indeed, WHY!?)

The incident occurred at a funeral for Romeo LeBlanc, the former governon-general of New Brunswick. After the initial reports raised fears of a sacrilege, Msgr. Brian Henneberry, the vicar general of the local St. John diocese, asked for clarification. “I would hope the prime minister’s office would have enough respect for the Catholic Church and for faith in general to make clear whatever happened,” (Now why would the Canadiam PM be blamed for a damn thing? Obviously, the Archbishop of the St. John's diocese has trouble understanding the basics of Catholicism... why turn this around to somehow... this is Harper's fault?) he said. Canonist Edward Peters suggests that the full story, when it was told, seemed to indicate that Harper had acted in good faith-- but was placed in an untenable position by Catholics who did not offer him proper instruction about reception of Communion. (If the Catholics involves are that ambiguous... that gutless to tell him what basic and commonly-known Catholic standards are, then the shame's on those of the St John's Diocese. After all, why should a non-Catholic show any respect for Catholic dogma, if the Catholics in charge don't show any respect for Catholic dogma?)

5 Comments:

Blogger Charlotte said...

Here's a great related story for you to comment on:

http://deacbench.blogspot.com/2009/07/take-and-eat.html

10:41 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

"Bishop" Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger has no shame . . . no shame at all. Either that or she's a dingleberry.

BTW, what was the good bishop doing about this "priestess" helping herself to Holy Communion? He could have stopped her physically.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Living in the diocese as this "Archbishop" I can say that when the CBC news reported that he asked the Prime Minister's protocol officer as to what to do (who to give communion to) I decided that I have to write to the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio!

11:26 AM  
Blogger THE HERESY HUNTER said...

Harper likely took Holy Communion out of ignorance. It was the fault - as Caveman indicated - of Catholics to inform the Canadian PM. This sacrilege is just one of many that occur in Canada regularly.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Smiley said...

Canada the lost catholic civilization. LOST

7:50 PM  

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