Monday, April 25, 2005

Caught Napping

Justene gives me a nice plug...just as I note I haven't posted this week yet...

I hadn't posted on Benedict XVI because I was still absorbing the news. It's too bad the Pope's health won't permit him to travel as widely as John Paul II. I'm hoping he'll make some visits this year. John Paul II's accessibility greatly enhanced the prestige and power of the papacy, and I think in America especially there is a need for a personal appearance to strengthen the Church's message.

Drudgereport highlighted the fact that John Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the middle of June 2004, supposedly instructing them to withhold communion from pro-abortion politicians. The USCCB refused to impose this stance, and now Benedict XVI is in a position to demand it...

The trouble is that nobody outside the USCCB has seen the text of this letter. The USCCB has not released the text of Cardinal Ratzinger's letter to them prior to their statement "Catholics in Political Life", but does release the Cardinal's letter supporting their stated policy that individual bishops may continue to chose for themselves whether or not to withhold communion. They have done so because of the persistent allegation that the USCCB did ignore the instructions of Cardinal Ratzinger.

We'll have to see what Benedict XVI says...

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