If, in order to try to appease the Catholic part of the German constituency, he'd have made a point of attending Mass during the worst of the war, and approached the Blessed Sacrament, would you think it proper to have permitted him to receive?
Were the German bishops caught up in Hitler's madness? If they were, it's likely they saw nothing wrong in his designs and would gladly have given him the Eucharist.
Hitler's a bad example, as we have the benefit of hindsight.
I know what you're trying to say. O'Malley will likely approach Kerry privately.
posted on 08/02/2003 6:49:45 PM PDT
("The entire Nazi Reich is mine for the taking!" George C. Scott as "PATTON.")
Then take a different example. In the late 1950s, certain Catholic politicians in Louisiana made it known that they would oppose desegregation no matter what. The archbishop gave them nearly ten years to change their minds, hearts, and most importantly, their public stances. They refused.
He excommunicated them. Obviously, being in a state of excommunication, they could no longer receive the Sacraments.
Was he wrong to do this? This was rather embarrassing, shocking, and humiliating to these men.
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I think that Archbishop likely already approached the vermin Kerry. As well as Chappaquiddick Ted. I think Chappaquiddick Ted is still a vestigial Catholic, and made a man's choice, as a result. He believes in the sacrament of abortion, and thus forsook the Sacrament of Life. But the vermin Kerry apparently did not have the moral honesty to do likewise.
PS - The German bishops generally, the entire German Catholic Church, by and large, condemned National Socialism and all its evil works.
posted on 08/02/2003 6:57:15 PM PDT
(To permit them to receive is to reinforce the delusion that they may endorse the murder of innocents)
To: sinkspur; sitetest
I honestly don't know what to think. It seems so clear to me that allowing a public unrepentant murderer like Kerrey to receive is the moral equivalent of flushing Our Lord into the Boston sewer system. I can't for the life of me understand why O'Malley doesn't feel the same way.
But he doesn't. And he seems like a genuinely good and holy man. He has stated that pro-abortion politicians are not to receive. (That is more than most bishops have done). And yet Kerry received anyway, and O'Malley did nothing to stop it. Maybe it's some sort of pacifist Franciscan thing. I don't know, but I'm witholding my opinion of O'Malley until I see how he deals with the pro-death crowd in the future.
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