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The Ratzinger Letter

  /   Saturday July 03, 2004  

After hearing rumors, someone posted what is presumably the full text of Cardinal Ratzinger’s memo to the USCCB. It appears that the good Cardinal has said what I had hoped he would say. He stated that the bishop should privately warn the politicians of the gravity of their action first and explain that they should not receive the Eucharist. After the private warning, the minister must refuse the Sacrament to such a politician. If this letter is indeed authentic, it doesn’t speak well for the bishops of our country.

On another note, I found this handy quote from the letter. It seems that Cardinal Ratzinger said what we thought all along:

Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion.

I have yet to understand why so many of our bishops cannot see the gravity of the situation. One bishop has gone so far to use that old “conscience” excuse. So many souls are at stake here. Pray for our bishops. They will be held accountable before Almighty God, and we want them to be able to render a good account. For this to happen, something has to change.

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