April 04, 2004

Ex-Communicated? Heavens!

About a week ago there was a story on the wires about how aides to candidate Kerry were setting up Catholic Churches for him to attend, then calling out the press for these "Press-Ops," making sure it was seen that the "believing and practising Catholic" was in church and receiving Communion.

Now, it seems, there may just be a bit of a problem with that, beyond their use of the sacraments as a publicity stunt. It seems the Press-Op they get may not be the one they want.

In the UK Telegraph article, Catholic Church 'will refuse Kerry Communion, Julian Coman reports that traditional Catholics are ready to do exactly that over Kerry's stance on abortion-linked issues.

Parrishioners in Catholic communities across the states are approaching their priests and bishops and demanding that they follow a directive given to them by the Pope at about the time of the 2000 presidential election. This directive states that persons who would allow or encourage women to abort their unborn children were in a state of mortal sin for which there was no absolution.

In laymen's terms, this person is Ex-Comminicated, cut off from the body of the Catholic Church and no longer able to take the sacraments.

Kerry and his camp are not at all pleased with this turn of events. The Democrat Party has long depended on the votes of Catholics, who amount to 25% of the total Christian population of the country. In my extended family alone, a large proportion are Democrat and have been all their lives.

Many Catholics, however, have left the Democrat camp because of their personal stand on abortion, and it is these Catholics who are attempting to force their churches to take what they say is the only proper stand and to follow the Vatican directive in this matter.

From personal experience, I will tell you that this will not be an easy task for traditional Catholics. I got into a discussion with a priest at the hospital where I work one day on why I would not vote for any Democrat who had in his or her voting record a vote for abortion rights. He said that to vote for a Republican was to vote against helping the poor. I looked him in the eye, and told him how disappointed I was that he, the shepherd of His flock on earth, would "put the self esteem and creature comforts of grown adults who have made bad life decisions over the very right to existance of the most vulnerable among us."

He just went white and looked as though I had physically struck him. He never said a word but turned and left the office. I didn't see him for several days while he mulled that one over, hopefully repeatedly.

But isn't that what the voters are doing when they back a candidate who embraces a policy or belief that is in complete contradiction to their own? Don't you then by default bloody your own hands?

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens over the next several months as these situations, both within the Kerry campaign and within the Catholic Church, play themselves out. All I can do is vote based on my knowledge of the issues and the candidates, and on my conscience.

Posted by Mamamontezz at April 4, 2004 02:18 AM

Ouch! Maybe he should do what Dean did and switch to a church that has a better bike-path policy?

Posted by: George Turner at April 5, 2004 08:14 AM

poker me up

Posted by: poker me up at December 30, 2004 02:11 PM

Below is all monet works.

Woman In A Green Dress painting

Winter At Giverny painting

View Over The Seas painting

Vetheuil In Summer painting

Vase Of Flowers painting

Train In The Country painting

The women in the Garden painting

The Valley Of Falaise painting

The Turkeys painting

The Thames And The Houses Of Parliament painting

The Studio Boat painting

The Shoot painting

The Seine Estuary At Honfleur painting

The Seine Below Rouen painting

The Seine At Rouen painting

The Seine At Lavacourt painting

The Seine At Bougival painting

The Seine At Argenteuil painting

The Seine At Argenteuil I painting

The Sea At Fecamp painting

The Road To Chailly painting

The Red Cape (Madame Monet) painting

The Red Boats painting

The Picnic painting

The Marina At Argenteuil painting

The Luncheon painting

The Ice-Floes painting

The Garden of the Princess painting

The Church Of Vernon In The Mist painting

The Church At Vetheuil painting

The Boats Regatta At Argenteuil painting

The Beach At Sainte-Adresse painting

Terrace at St Adresse painting

Sunset painting

Sunflowers painting

Sun Setting Over The Seine At Lavacourt painting

Still Life With Melon painting

Snow Effect With Setting Sun painting

Sailing At Sainte-Adresse painting

Sailing At Argenteuil painting

Rue Montargueil with Flags painting

Rough Sea At Etretat painting

Promenade Near Argenteuil painting

Poppy Field In A Hollow Near Giverny painting

Poplars painting

Pond at Montgeron painting

Palazzo da Mula at Venice painting

Monet_Self_Portrait_In_His_Atelier painting

London Houses of Parliament at Sunset painting

La Porte D Amount Etretat painting

La Japonaise painting

La Grenouillere painting

In The Woods At Giverny painting

Impression Sunrise painting

Hyde Park London painting

Haystacks at Giverny the evening sun painting

Haystacks At Chailly painting

Haystack snow effect painting

General View Of Rouen From St Catherine s Bank painting

Garden In Flower At Sainte-Adresse painting

Floating Ice Near Vetheuil painting

Cliffs Near Dieppe painting

Boulevard Des Capucines I painting

Beach at Honlfeux painting

Argenteuil painting

A Windmill at Zaandam painting

A Corner of the Studio painting

A Corner of the Apartment painting

Monet Spring Flowers painting

View At Rouelles, Le Havre painting

Camille At The Window painting

Landscape With Thunderstorm painting

Monet Purple Poppies painting

The Red Boats, Argenteuil painting

Regatta At Argenteuil painting

A Woman Reading painting

Wild Poppies, Near Argenteuil painting

Monet The Luncheon painting

Still Life Apples And Grapes painting

Springtime At Giverny painting

Apple Trees In Blossom painting

Tulip Fields With The Rijnsburg Windmill painting

Haystack at Giverny painting

Haystack At Giverny painting

In The Woods At Giverny painting

Girls In A Boat painting

Boating On The River Epte painting

In The Rowing Boat painting

The Seine At Port-Villez painting

Poplars on the Epte painting

Monet Water Lillies I painting

Monet The Waterlily Pond painting

Woman with a Parasol painting

Camille Monet in Japanese Costume painting

The garden in flower painting

The Artist Garden at Vetheuil painting

Jeanne-Marguerite Lecadre in the Garden painting

Boulevard des Capucines painting

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