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May 27

Weak as Water

Well, this is certainly a disappointment to me. Bishop Donald Wuerl, otherwise an upstanding, orthodox guy, has taken the politically correct way of the communion denial issue. Another bishop (I forget who at the moment) at least had the guts to say that no Catholic would take communion unworthily. In other words, to do so would make one un- or non-Catholic. Wuerl’s statement seems to laugh in the face of Canon 915.

Wuerl doesn’t back disciplining abortion rights politicians
Says bishops’ role is to educate them
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Pittsburgh’s Catholic bishop said today that Catholic politicians should not support legalized abortion but he does not advocate denying them Holy Communion."

Wuerl: Catholic legislators should make own decision on communion
Bishop says politicians like Kerry who favor abortion rights should stop receiving Holy Communion of their own accord
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
By Ervin Dyer and Mackenzie Carpenter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Pittsburgh’s Catholic bishop said yesterday that Catholic politicians should not support legalized abortion but that he does not advocate denying them Holy Communion."

Don’t deny sacrament, Wuerl says
By Robert Baird
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, May 26, 2004

"Catholic politicians who support abortion violate church teachings, but Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic bishop said Tuesday he does not favor denying them the sacrament of Holy Communion."

On a related note:

Catholics Should Vote Pro-Life First, Despite Dissident Opinions
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
May 6, 2004

"Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading Catholic bishop has sparked controversy by suggesting that abortion is just one of many issues Catholic voters should consider when making a decision for whom to vote. Those comments stand in opposition to the overwhelming number of Catholic leaders who say other issues are important but that the pro-life perspective is paramount."

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