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    Posted: 29-Apr-2008 at 05:21
Recently, Cardinal Edward Egan of New York rebuked Rudy Guiliani for receiving communion at the Papal Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Guiliani is a public supporter of abortion, which is condemned by Roman Catholic -- and, indeed, all Christian -- doctrine. The Pope recently stated that religious faith is not simply a private aspect of one's ideology, but must -- if truly authentic -- translate into every aspect of one's life. He explicitly stated that nominally Roman Catholic politicians who publicly support abortion should refrain from receiving communion until such time as they have repented and come into accord with Christian doctrine. Guiliani ignored the pope's statements -- and apparently an understanding that he and Cardinal Egan had privately come to -- and received communion anyway. Consequently, the Cardinal has publicly rebuked Guiliani, and wishes to meet with him to discuss the matter and attempt to explain the immorality of abortion.
 
This is interesting because it so rarely happens. Often Roman Catholic bishops, particularly in the U.S., overlook these issues in the interest of preventing controversy. This, I believe, is an abrogation of the responsibility which has been entrusted to them -- the Roman Church, just like the Orthodox Church, believes that bishops are the shepherds and teachers of the flocks that have been entrusted to them. So what do you think? I am interested to read a variety of thoughtful and well researched comments and opinions. Here is a link to the relevant article:
 
 
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I was at the youth rally in Yonkers and at Yankee stadium the day after for the big Mass. Both times were moving experiences for me. I feel the Cardinal Egan was motivated to publicly rebuke Giuliani due to having recently entreated the Pope. I remember Egan saying how he loved the gifts the Pope has bestowed upon him and yadda-yadda. If he got some much goodies I feel like Cardinal Egan owes the Pope some favors
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I am not aware of any gift-giving, but I feel it is irrelevant to the issue of whether or not the Cardinal properly exercised his authority -- and, more to the point, whether or not others should do likewise. Glad to hear you had fun, Ponce. Any pictures? Smile

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