I might not have been clear. I understand exactly what both Bishops have done and most of why. Both say the subject legislators should not take Communion, but one says priests should deny Communion if those legislators present themselves for it. What I don't understand is what has caused Catholics to be denied Communion in the past. Where have those lines previously been drawn?
To: Kryptonite; SuziQ
I visited my daughter today who resides in Archbishop Burke's former diocese in La Crosse. It may take some time to nail down the exact date, but during a discussion with her, she cited an article describing several excommunications that occurred in the 1950's involving Catholic legislators who fought vehemently and voted against a decision by the Catholic Church in their diocese to desegregate their parochial schools.
As a result of their hatred, bigotry and public expression of same, three "Catholic" legislators were excommunicated. Two of the three ultimately realized the immorality of their stance and exhibited their catharsis in word and deed. They were welcomed back into the Church. The third died while still excommunicated.
posted on 01/16/2004 11:17:37 PM PST
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