On Saturday at the Vigil Mass, Mr. Kerry received Communion again from the Paulist center. Fr. Joe Ciccone (Paulist Center): “We’re following the directive of our archdiocese,” said Father Joe Ciccone, who gave Kerry the Eucharist. “They have said we should give him communion.”
This reply by Fr. Ciccone does not ring very true. In another story today on the Paulist center.
Sen. John Kerry regularly receives Communion attracts Catholics uncomfortable with some of the Vatican’s orthodox teachings or who otherwise feel alienated from the Roman Catholic Church.
The Paulist Center’s congregation includes gay couples, whose adopted children are baptized there, unlike in some other Boston parishes. In November, its leaders refused to read aloud during Mass from a letter opposing gay marriage, as requested by the Massachusetts bishops.
The congregation is not geographical, but ideological, drawing people from as far as away as New Hampshire, said Drew Deskur, the center’s music director and a parishioner for 25 years.
“It’s not St. Around-the-Corner,” Deskur said. “It’s an intentional community that draws people from all over Boston. It tries to make sure that everyone feels welcome and that everyone participates in the liturgy.”
In an old post I had once said that many of these places should rename themselves to the Saulists since they have reversed St. Paul’s conversion and fallen back onto the horse. There is more than just the scandal of giving Communion to people who stand opposed to basic teaching by the Church on life, but also those pockets of resistance that while being part of a diocese have become heretical in many of the sexual teachings of the Church. It is hard enough for a Bishop to be responsible for teaching the faith to the flock without priests un-teaching the faith.