Michael Voris (at the new ChurchMilitant.com) has the video of Cardinal George’s Funeral Mass at which the non-Catholic Governor of Illinois was allowed to receive holy communion.
Did the archdiocese of Chicago, while extending an invitation to the governor to attend the funeral, perform its minimal duty to prevent any sacrilege by informing the governor’s office that Holy Communion is reserved for Catholics in the state of grace?Was political favor shown to the governor in the dismissing of canon law?The USCCB has issued a clear directive on the matter of non-Catholics receiving Holy Communion. The directive states in part, “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” (emphasis added).So the question remains: Is Archbishop Cupich disregarding the directives of his brother bishops?
Is this a sin of commision or omission? Even giving Archbishop Cupich copious benefit of the doubt, it is clear that at a minimum, the Archbishop and his staff are guilty of a gross dereliction of their sacred duty to protect the Eucharist from sacrilege.
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