Skip to comments.Francis Cardinal George is asked to ban Senator Richard Durbin from receiving communion in Chicago
Posted on 12/11/2009 12:39:21 PM PST by markomalley
December 11, 2009
Francis Cardinal George
Archbishop of Chicago
835 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2030
Re: Senator Richard Durbin/Holy Communion
Dear Cardinal George:
I am a member of the Episcopal Church. Some years ago I studied for Holy Orders in my church, but I ultimately elected not to enter the ordained ministry. I though my secular work fighting corruption and working for the improvement of this state and the United States was an honorable calling.
But I take my lay ministry very seriously. While I am unhesitating in seeking to be a servant of the people, I am always first and utmost a servant of Jesus Christ. The energy and grace which Jesus imparts to His believers allows me to continue the war against corruption in Illinois and Washington.
Two months ago the Holy Father invited Episcopalians (Anglicans) such as me to rejoin the Roman Catholic Church. I was startled by the boldness of Pope Benedicts invitation. And I have studied his words carefully.
In the Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Father, the first paragraph challenges all of us who wish to enter into full visible communion The Note confirms that the holy sacrament of communion is a visible manifestation, perhaps the most visible manifestation, of our call to follow Christ.
But before I can accept the Holy Fathers invitation to join the church, and before I can even make an informed and intelligent decision on how to decide, I need to ask you a clear question.
If Holy Communion is such a visible and universal sacrament of the Church, how can you allow apostates such as Senator Richard Durbin to receive communion when Durbin mocks the churchs teachings on abortion and the right to life, both for the unborn and those facing the end of life? How indeed?
Recently Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island became engulfed in a controversy involving the bishops private communication to Patrick Kennedy to refrain from accepting the sacrament because of Kennedys pro-abortion views.
Earlier this week, Senator Durbin was on national television gloating over his success in defeating an anti-abortion provision for the so-called health care reform proposed by the president. In other words, Durbin not only acts contrary to church teaching, he visibly and openly defies church doctrine and gloats over his success in mocking and denying the teachings of his church. Durbin is no ordinary sinner.
So when is the Archdiocese of Chicago going to follow the Diocese of Rhode Island and request that Senator Durbin refrain from receiving the sacrament in this archdiocese?
If you allow Durbin to defy and mock church teaching, and to glory over his victories in defeating the most precious right to life, you allow a sinner to elevate himself over the church and over the authority of the Holy Father.
I ask you to consider requesting that Senator Durbin refrain from receiving the sacrament of communion. I most respectfully ask you to explain to me how any church leader can tolerate the defiance of mockery for church teaching manifested by Senator Durbin.
As a former U. S. Senator said on February 17, 2008, Words? Just words? Dont tell me words dont matter
Well, do they matter? Do the teachings of the church matter?
Are your teachings as Archbishop just words Or do your words regarding the sanctity of life have real meaning? If you believe in the truth behind your own words, how can you allow Senator Durbin to receive communion in your archdiocese even one more time? The Advent scripture for today invites us to reflect on the Gospel passage: Wisdom is vindicated by her works [Matthew 11:19]
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
Great letter but George will ignore it and do nothing like he did with Fr. Phleger.
God bless this good man...
I’m so glad that the Church is getting serious about the message of righteousness...
Did he get an ANSWER from Cardinal George???<P.Dick Durbin is a RABID SUPPORTER OF ABORTION....RABID!!
I vote yes.
The important point is that they are telling politicians who run as "Catholic" that they can't play the game of using the church to garner votes while conciously going against everything it stands for.
Maybe they couldn't go after Saint Kennedy the Bloated, but they did go after his kid and now the whole rotten family is about over with politically. They haven't been Catholic since Roe v. Wade.
So the game's up, the shtick wore out. Jerks like Durbin are now fair game to their one time supporters.
From what I know about the Bishop he is in need of testicles and a spine.
That's the Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith, Andy.
Oops — that was a typo.
I don’t THINK Cardinal George will ignore this letter.