Deal Hudson reports that the bishops of Washington and Arlington, Donald Wuerl and Paul Loverde, have said they’ll uphold Kansas City Bishop Joseph Naumann’s order that Governor Kathleen Sebelius–when she is almost inevitably appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services (aka Eugenicist in Chief)–should refrain from the altar when she lives in the DC area.
Hudson points out that a big difference in this situation–pointed out by Archbishop Burke himself–is how the emphasis is on Sebelius *refraining* from Communion, as opposed to overtly *denying* her Communion. On the other hand, now that they have said this, it eliminates excuses. If Sebelius were to present herself, and any priest, deacon or EMC would grant her the Blessed Sacrament, it would undoubtedly create a firestorm in the New Media.
It also sets a precedent, solving the issue of the dual status of many government types. Now, if their “home bishops” say something, Wuerl and Loverde will back it up.
But what’s *most* interesting is how certain sites have been dissing Randall Terry and his recent visit to the Vatican.
We’ve been told, again, that Burke is an “embarrassment” and a “rogue” and a “blowhard.” We’ve been told that Terry is an opportunist (he may well be; I don’t really know much about the man except that he’s done a lot of good for unborn babies). We’ve been told that it’s hypocritical of “conservatives” to say “the Church is not a democracy” yet lobby the Vatican.
Let’s see. When liberals “lobby the Vatican,” they usually get shut out completely. When conservatives “lobby the Vatican,” they’re at least listened to (except on the whole Mediatrix thing, at least).
When Call to Action did its “We Are Church” petition about 10 years ago, its representatives were not even let in the Vatican. Meanwhile, two teenagers from Seton High School in Northern Virginia did a “We are Catholic” petitoin to counter-protest, got a lot more signatures than Call to Action did, and got an audience with John Paul II.
When Bernard Cardinal Law wanted inclusive language in the Catechism, Fr. Fessio and Mother Angelica “lobbied the Vatican,” and the inclusive language was shot down.
A few years later, Cardinal Mahony tried to go to the Vatican and get Mother Angelica put out of business. After fuming and posturing against Mother Angelica for months, he practically stormed the Congregation for Clergy, was called in for a private meeting with JPII, and left the Vatican defeated, never mentioning Mother Angelica–or the pastoral letter she condemned on the air–again. Meanwhile, the Pope sent Mother Angelica a monstrance.
So, now, Randall Terry goes to the Vatican specifically regarding Loverde and Wuerl, and–lo and behold!–they’re changing their tunes.
In related news, the Pope has apparently thought better of having a Jesuit in charge of his press office.