Recent news about Archbishop Cordileone preventing Nancy Pelosi from receiving Communion ignited debate among faithful Catholics. Paul and Dominic chat about the deeper concerns: how some of the discussion we’ve seen online distorts the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist and sin. More importantly, what could an appropriate response from faithful Catholics look like?
We talk through the various aspects: personal responsibility, the Eucharist, scandal, competent authority, confusion, and the danger of knee-jerk opinions.
“The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems” (Evangelii Gaudium 47).
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00:00 Archbishop Cordileone, Nancy Pelosi, and abortion
14:34 Communion and who shouldn’t receive
19:00 Mortal sin
41:20 St. Mark Ji Tianxiang and obedience
44:03 Eucharist, medicine for the weak
48:53 What should our response be?
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