New Bishop of Camden comes in with a bang
Bishop Joseph Galante: Days after riding into town from Texas, he hears that the local governor is planning on attending his installation mass, a 'Catholic' governor who has married outside the Church, supported abortion rights and stem-cell research. So Galante makes it known that, if the governor shows up, he won't get communion. Like that welcome wagon?!
Some of the bishop's remarks are worth quoting:
"A Catholic politician's record of voting contrary to church teachings does not automatically excommunicate him, Galante said. But the bishop said he felt obliged to respond in this situation because the public becomes confused about church teachings when bishops fail to challenge Catholic politicians on their voting records."
"If he comes to communion, I'd give him a blessing," Galante told a news conference in Camden. "In his case, he can't go to communion."
"Faith is not a membership card you put in your pocket," he said. "It has to be lived."
# posted by Jamie : 7:34 AM