Saturday, February 28, 2009
I have been away for a while due to holidays and number or other pressing commitments at the seminary, but I am going to be returning to the blog. I noted recently Diocese of Scranton has posted Bishop Martino's instruction regarding the duty of the minister of Holy Communion. This is an edifying and proper (i.e., particular) application of the universal moral law. Given the treatment afforded the subject in other posts on this blog, this sentence was of particular note: "Those whose unworthiness to receive Holy Communion is known publicly to the Church must be refused Holy Communion in order to prevent sacrilege and to prevent the Catholic in question from committing further grave sin through unworthy reception." (attributed to Bishop Martino by the Chancellor, James B. Earley) It is difficult to understand why anyone having pastoral responsibility over the administration of the sacraments would disagree with this statement and not seek zealously to guard against the evils that the statement envisions. As I have stated before, as far as I can tell, no one has been able to articulate a moral or legal defense for allowing notoriously grave sinners to receive Holy Communion.