Communion threat to politicians ‘extreme’, says bishop

Communion threat to politicians ‘extreme’, says bishop

SARAH MACDONALD – 23 MAY 2013

Another Irish bishop has entered the debate over whether Catholic politicians who vote for the Government’s proposed abortion legislation should be refused communion.

Bishop Colm O’Reilly, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ National Mission Council, described turning politicians away from the altar as “extreme”.

Speaking at the launch of the Irish Missionary Union’s new missionary centre in Pearse Street, Dublin yesterday, Bishop O’Reilly said: “Any good priest certainly wouldn’t do that to someone in public without having talked to the person in advance.”

He said he would not turn away anyone without having first spoken to them in private and reminding them of the church’s teachings and canon law provisions on this issue.

Bishop O’Reilly’s comments follow those of Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, who suggested last weekend that politicians who vote for the Government’s proposed abortion legislation should not approach a priest “looking for communion”.

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3 comments on “Communion threat to politicians ‘extreme’, says bishop

  1. Btw, Jan, Merkel – I just learned, duh! – is a former East German Communist Party member.

  2. Yet her politics, her economics, are identical with the so-called ‘right.’ That’s because they’re both liberal. One is just more liberal than the other. Guess which one is more liberal? The right. The right believes in no rules, no constraints. My brother sent me one of those internet joke things featuring a heavily tattooed biker with all kind of vaguely racist sayings on his tee shirt, and all kinds of tea party banners hanging back on the garage wall, and I wrote my brother back and asked him why he was sending me liberal junk, and he just couldn’t fathom it. But it’s true. Those who want ‘rules’ and some concern for the poor are actually less philosophically liberal than those calling for ‘freedom,’ and that includes religious freedom. Why do I say this? You have to trace it back. What was the first rebellion about? It was against the curious and wonderful balance the Catholic state had achieved, thanks to living the gospel. There was lots of regulation in the Catholic state, to keep businesses small and local. Wages were looked at, and so were profits, and if somebody got out of line, there were consequences. That’s why the bad guys overturned it. We live with the result. The poor get some care, because life cannot go on without caring for them, especially the kind of life our more concentrated city living and producing tends to make, with layoffs at times, and so forth; but more trading for votes than help goes on, and the abuses of what we call the right churn out poor faster than we can raise soup kitchens. The Catholic state worked, and there was no left and right.

    If they do anything to Hungary I’m gonna go–do I don’t know what! I’m going to go visit there in the fall in any case. SSPX has mass the second and third Sunday, in Budapest. The media has completely blacked out what Hungary is doing except to report Europe’s hissy fit–they’re ‘reversing social progress’ and being ‘anti-democratic’ (but no, in fact FIDESZ won with big majorities, like 2/3, and they had been clear in the platform they were running on, the people want them, the people do not want gay marriage, they do not want abortion, they do not want secularism, they want Christianity and they want it to be more than an accessory, a crucifix hanging on a courtroom wall where it is legal to kill babies. I tell you gpm I almost used the f adjective before ‘accessory.’ It makes me so very angry. In the name of God their game is so played.

  3. I recall vividly watching the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 on news clips. Only three years later I was in a prep school run by Piarist priests, each of whom had been tortured mercilessly during the Uprising. And none of them, not a one, broke and signed the forms the Hungarian secret police and USSR overseers kept pushing them to sign, renouncing the Church, the pope, the Faith, the lot.

    Not one.

    Way back in the early 90s, the Wanderer ( you should forgive the expression, but that’s where I found it ) ran a piece on the Hungarian educational system. It was, in the opinion of the writer, the toughest and best in all Europe. I know. I have never had to work, intellectually, as hard ever since as I did, starting out as a 10 year old, in the Calasanctius School, under those Piarists. Half my texbooks were from Harvard, for cryin’ out loud! An amazing experience.

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