Let's start with the bad first so that we can end this post on the good side. The German Bishops' Conference, under Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has formally declared it permissible to commit sacrilege against Holy Communion. They are allowing Protestant spouse of Catholics to receive Holy Communion "under certain conditions". Of course sensible people understand that "under certain conditions" is a polite way of saying "allowing the camel's nose to get under the tent". We know where that leads. Remember that at the infamous 1930 Lambeth Conference, the Anglican church permitted the use of contraceptives under "limited" circumstances. Now the Anglicans and many other church bodies brook baby-murder, gay clergy, etc.
No one may permit that kind of sacrilege - ever. If Cardinal Marx retains his position of influence, we can very well glean the pope's own attitudes towards the Eucharist - and perhaps towards God Himself.
That's the bad news about bad bishops - now for some good news about good bishops.
I've lauded Bishop Thomas Paprocki before on this blog. He is the bishop of Springfield, IL. In his diocese resides Senator Dick Durbin, one of the most rabidly pro-abortion faux-katholycs. Bishop Paprocki recently announced that Durbin was not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of his support of baby-murder. The straw that broke the camel's back appears to be Durbin's vote against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Imagine that! A bishop obeying Canon 915 and instructing his priests to do the same. Let us pray that other bishops follow suit and that the wolves at the USCCB learn a thing or two from him.
May 18, When the Church Fears Man, Not God
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