Monday, June 30, 2008

Sally Quinn's Controversial Communion: WWJD?

The Plank posts on Sally Quinn taking Communion at Tim Russert's funeral and the Catholic League's press release criticising her.

In the comments, neitwin said:
Why do I find it odd that the writer of a column entitled "On Religion" is so clueless about one of the central tenets of a major world religion? Was it really [Russert] who said, "this do in remembrance of me"?

As for Jesus, he [breached] religious laws regularly, I'm sure he wouldn't have minded. The self-serving bewilderment at the offense given may have struck him as hypocritical though.

P.S. From the post's URL, it looks to have started out titled "Is It OK to Deny Journalists Communion?"

(via Ryan T. Anderson at First Things)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder, did she keep the fast?

8:19 AM  
Blogger David said...

How is she a writer when she can't read?

For Catholics
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

For our fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (Jn 17:21).

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).

11:18 AM  

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