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Thursday, May 20, 2004

CANON LAWYER: CARDINAL MAHONY IS WRONG
It's not possible, the cardinal (Mahony) went on to say, for a bishop or priest to deny the Eucharist to someone who isn't excommunicated, interdicted or put under formal sanction.

"That’s wrong," writes canon lawyer Edward Peters. "Canon 915 plainly says that those who 'are excommunicated, interdicted, or…obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.' It is patent that one need not be under a formal sanction to fall within the purview of Canon 915. Politicians who chronically support abortionism are persisting in grave sin."

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