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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga

Good morning boys and girls,

For today's lesson please take out a sheet of paper and a pen. Write the word "papabile." Under it write "Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga -- Honduras." Now, strike a line through it.

The following are excerpts from a recent talk given by Cardinal Maradiaga in St. Louis:


"Poverty is our big challenge," he said. "That is not taken into consideration by the present administration here. President (George W.) Bush is not concerned about Latin America any more."

Ed. Apparently, Cardinal Maradiaga's version of the Principle of Subsidiarity creates a moral obligation for the United States to take care of the rest of the world, particularly Latin America.]


In an interview, Rodriguez Maradiaga said an issue recently in the news in the U.S. - bishops in favor of denying Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights - is not relevant in Honduras "because those people never come to church."

But, he said, "personally, I could never deny Holy Communion to a person. It would be a public scandal. Those who know they shouldn't be accepting the Eucharist have their own consciences. In my capacity as a pastor, I would never decide that for someone else."

[Ed. Canon 915: "Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion."

I'm still searching for an exception for Cardinal Maradiaga's diocese. I'll be sure to post it here when I find it.]