Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Deal Hudson Asks: "Will Archbishop Wuerl Follow Cardinal Egan?"

Deal Hudson writes at InsideCatholic:
Last night Zoe posted the news that Cardinal Egan publicly admonished Rudy Giuliani for taking communion during the Pope's visit to New York. Egan explained that he had an understanding with the former mayor that he would not present himself for the Eucharist.

At the papal Mass at National's Stadium, communion was received by Sen. Pelosi, Sen. Kerry, Sen. Dodd, and Sen. Kennedy. Bob Novak reported they were given communion by the papal nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, though the photographs posted on InsideCatholic.com show that Sen. Kerry received communion from a dark-haired priest, obviously not Sambi. The gray-haired priest giving communion to Sen. Dodd could be Sambi, but it's hard to tell.

Question: What will Archbishop Wuerl of Washington, DC do now that Cardinal Egan has spoken out on the issue?

I predict he will not follow Egan's example. If Sambi gave communion to the pro-abortion Catholic senators then Wuerl's hand are tied.
My Comments:
I, too, believe it doubtful that Archbishop Wuerl will address this matter in the same way that Cardinal Egan has done because, as Discalced Yooper points out, the situations aren't congruous.

Nevertheless, I can envision a steady drumbeat from some to try to force the hand of Archbishop Wuerl by pointing to the example of Cardinal Egan and Giuliani. Such efforts aren't likely to be successful or particularly productive.

Still, recall that this issue has been prominent since the moment Archbishop Wuerl came to D.C. (actually, before he even got there), and is likely to continue to be so.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
CBS: Cardinal Egan "Rips" Giuliani For Taking Communion [UPDATED]

Novak Criticizes Cardinals for "Disobedience" in Giving Pro-Abort Catholics "a Pass" During Papal Visit

"Wafer Wars, Wedge Issues and the Pope’s Visit" [UPDATED]

Twice-Divorced, Pro-Abort Rudy Giuliani Receives Communion at Papal Mass

Pro-Abort Catholic Politicians to Receive Communion at Papal Mass [UPDATED]

Archbishop Burke Preaches Tough Communion Rule

More on Archbishop Burke's Article on Canon 915 (Regarding Communion and Pro-Abort Politicos)

Archbishop Burke on Bad Catholics in Political Life

Archbishop Wuerl's Stand on Lawmakers Who Back Abortion Angers Some Conservative Catholics

Abortion and the New Archbishop - A Shot Across the Bow

Wuerl to be Installed Today - Mass in Washington, D.C., Will Mark His Debut as Archbishop

McCarrick's Successor Seen as Loyal, Diplomatic, "a Vote for Continuity"; Not Denying Communion has "Served Us Well" (15 links)

Pope Names Wuerl New Archbishop of Washington, DC

Bishop Wuerl's Name Surfaces for D.C.

The Final Word on Pro-Abort Pols and Communion?

Bishop Wuerl: Bishops Should Consult One Another Before Speaking On National Issues Like Kerry And Communion

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At 4/29/2008 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A question for the group:

Archbishop Wuerl's usual response has been that he is not [insert pro-abortion politician's name] bishop and the matter about refusal of communion should be dealt with by that politician's bishop. Is this a legitimate response? Does the politican's home bishop have to be the first one to take action? Thoughts or clarification on this.

At 4/29/2008 11:44 AM, Blogger David A. said...

I do believe that continuing pressure such as that directed at Mr Guliani is neccessary. Catholicism is not a cafeteria menu. Life is of utmost importance..vital

At 4/29/2008 1:16 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

You know, as nice as it is to see Cardinal Egan's comments, I wonder if it doesn't just cause more harm in the long run if the effect will be to show in even sharper the relief the acquiescence to abortion of prelates like Archbishop Wuerl.


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