Tuesday, February 8, 2005

MH - Before You Go Sash-aying to Communion

Here's an update to an earlier post we did, regarding Archbishop Harry Flynn and the matter of Communion for Rainbow Sashers. In that earlier post Archbishop Flynn "said Cardinal Arinze agreed that it was a complex problem requiring clear teaching and pastoral sensitivity. The archbishop said he was not asked to change his policy."

Now, however, it appears there may be more to the story. In this story from Catholic News Service (thanks, Cruxnews.com!) entitled "Vatican official says Sash wearers disqualified from Communion," Cardinal Arinze, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, says "Rainbow Sash wearers are showing their opposition to church teaching on a major issue of natural law and so disqualify themselves from being given holy Communion." CNS contines that "Cardinal Arinze did not elaborate, and he declined a request for an interview on the subject."

I don't think this story is done yet, especially here in Archbishop Flynn's diocese. Stay tuned, and we'll see what comes next.

UPDATE: There's also this commentary (thanks Cruxnews) from Diogenes at Catholic World News (his column always was one of my favorite parts of Catholic World Report). Read this piece, including the links to his previous month's column, and the comments. Some comments border on offending charity, but that doesn't mean they don't have a grain (or more) of truth to them.

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