Priest denies someone some stuff, somewhere

The fallout in the wake of the election continues to amuse.
The thing is, I don’t quite understand it. For example, what is the general point of a Catholic priest in South Carolina who claims to be denying pro-Obamans their right to Holy Communion? Is this a weekly thing? Does this mean he’s starving them, or merely that there’s something essential they are not getting anymore on Sundays? I am sure that I could go without a cracker and a bit of punch on Sundays, if you asked me to take up a hardship case.
I think my dad was once Catholic by force, so I could ask him. He might have purged this from his memory banks, though.
I grew up in New England, meaning that virtually all of the religious people I knew were Catholic. The end result of this is that they drank, smoked, and did drugs to at least the extent that I did, if not worse. I therefore can’t figure out if I should be pissed off at this fringe character’s musings or not.

  1. #1 by The Ridger on November 19, 2008 - 7:26 pm

    It’s important to the extent they think it is. But unless he’s denying war supporters and capital punishment fans communion, too, he’s just a jerk.

  2. #2 by Bill from Dover on November 19, 2008 - 8:42 pm

    What this means is that the milk bottle of your soul is not just occasionally dotted with a few splotches of venial sin, but is now totally, completely, inky-dark, mortal-sin fuckin’ black. Read your catechism, man!

  3. #3 by wrpd on November 19, 2008 - 9:59 pm

    The good old Baltimore Catechism. I always wondered how the black spots were suspended in the bottle of milk and why they didn’t just turn the milk grey.
    Way to explain the faith. Give the kids an example that is non-reality based, but it’s all non-reality based.

  4. #4 by Ian on November 20, 2008 - 7:33 am

    Isn’t one of the flagstones of Chistianity “judge not lest ye be judged”? And yet there’s the church judging people every day by its very existence. And if that isn’t bad enough, here comes a priest adding his own judgment.
    He’s nothing but a hypocrite.

  5. #5 by Jim on November 20, 2008 - 2:58 pm

    Personally, I think Rev. Newman is right on the money. He is being consistent with church doctrine. I wish more priests, bishops, etc., of all religions would be this vocal. At that point, perhaps the real importance of the separation of church and state would become apparent to more people and, hopefully, many folks would then leave the church dance for a date with rationality and reason.

  6. #6 by llewelly on November 21, 2008 - 1:17 am

    If a faithful Catholic was told he could not put the meat of Jesus into his mouth, he would feel rejected.

  7. #7 by Bill from Dover on November 21, 2008 - 4:51 pm

    I always wondered how the black spots were suspended in the bottle of milk and why they didn’t just turn the milk grey.

    Funny you should mention that as I remember asking Sister Loretta that exact question. I remember being told that sins do not dissolve in milk. Seemed she had an answer for everything. Silly me!

  8. #8 by hopikrishnan on November 24, 2008 - 8:21 pm

    Yes; Sis Loretta should have also mentioned that milk provides the suitable high contrast backdrop to even your grey and lighter coloured sins too. That is the reason they use Cabernet Sauvignon, with high tannins for the darkest colour. Sins are never dissolved even in this; it just covers it up. If you have got a lot of sins, then you HAVE TO drink, and lots. Since Church cannot afford to give you enough, you have to do it on your own time and dime. It all makes sense, doesnt it ?

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